Today we are going to look for the best ways to fill some small gaps left between flooring and wall in a new house. Sometimes installers may not do the correct finishing against the corners and walls thereby leaving many of these gaps.
In most cases gaps are not bigger than 1cm. Some people have used either caulk or silicone to correct this, but silicone is easy to do badly and very difficult to cleanup and correct. Caulk easier to install but less flexible and liable to crack.
Generally, wood flooring is installed with a gap to the actual wall. This allows for differences in expansion and contraction between the flooring and the materials used to frame the building. If you make a perfect tight fit, the floor would either buckle, crack, or pull away from the wall. This gap is typically covered with trim(molding) when finishing the room after installing the flooring.
There arise problems when one tries to install new flooring without replacing the trim. To deal with this problem, install more trim, up against the existing trim. Typically, a piece of quarter round molding.
You can also buy some rectangular strips of cork from the shops that sell laminate flooring. Cut some squares and put it in the holes. This also allows the floor to expand.
And lastly, you can get a dremel tool and cut the bottom of the frame carefully so you can place the flooring and around the walls. Remove the old baseboard or place a brand new one like it was mention before to cover the small gap left by the flooring.
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