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Draft Proofing for your London home

Handyman in LondonInsulating the home is often over looked as being too expensive. However, draft proofing certain areas within the house is very cost effective and saves ample of energy.
If it was a cold winter’s day and you have the fire or central heating on, you definitely wouldn’t have a window open. If you have stripped floorboards, the cold air that naturally circulates beneath them will squeeze through the gaps in the boards. The air that is let out is the equivalent to having a small window open all day.

The Energy Saving Trust, suggests that if you fill the gaps between stripped floorboards and skirting boards you will save around 100kg of CO2 annually.

There are products available at an affordable price which allows you to draught-proof floorboards quickly and neatly:

Draughtex is a rubbery, stretchy dark grey material which comes in various thicknesses for different gap sizes in the floorboards. The material is pushed in between the floorboards with a neat finish and it mergers well with the shadows between the stripped floorboards.
StopGap is a thin plastic that pulls apart to stop draughts in floorboard gaps of 1-8mm. Its invisible once pressed firmly into the gap. It can also be used to fill gaps under skirting boards.
If you want to use sealant specially aimed at flooring, make sure it's acrylic not silicone-based. Acrylic is easier to tidy, easy to sand over and can be painted.

Draft proofing can also be used on:
•    windows
•    doors – including keyholes and letterboxes
•    loft hatches
•    electrical fittings on walls and ceilings
•    suspended floorboards
•    pipework leading outside
•    ceiling-to-wall joints

If you want to draft proof your London home but don’t have the time, energy or confidence, get in touch with our Handymen. For these guys no job is too small.

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