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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:34 am 
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What's the best stuff to use for filling a gap between skirting and a laminate floor? I normally use SF's no nonsense caulk but wonder if there is a better product?

The gap is only about 2-3 mm but there's complaints of draughts.


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Surely with the bounce in a laminate floor the caulk would simply break up and the draughts would return.

Is edging strip not an option?

Clear silicone?

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Sorry I meant silicone not caulk.

What's the best silicone to use? I normally use the no nonsense stuff but someone suggested another brand that apparently has more flexibility but I can't recall the name he mentioned.

Edit: I just remembered it's Ever build brand. It has a flexibility factor of 25% where as the one I had only had 12%.


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Argyll wrote:
Sorry I meant silicone not caulk.

What's the best silicone to use? I normally use the no nonsense stuff but someone suggested another brand that apparently has more flexibility but I can't recall the name he mentioned.

Edit: I just remembered it's Ever build brand. It has a flexibility factor of 25% where as the one I had only had 12%.


Just remember you can't over paint silicone. What about this:

https://www.sealantsandtoolsdirect.co.uk/silicones_and_sealants/caulk_and_flexible_internal_acrylic_sealant/everbuild_195_siliconised_acrylic_sealant_caulk_white_c3_195we_P23395.html


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ahfix wrote:
Argyll wrote:
Sorry I meant silicone not caulk.

What's the best silicone to use? I normally use the no nonsense stuff but someone suggested another brand that apparently has more flexibility but I can't recall the name he mentioned.

Edit: I just remembered it's Ever build brand. It has a flexibility factor of 25% where as the one I had only had 12%.


Just remember you can't over paint silicone. What about this:

https://www.sealantsandtoolsdirect.co.uk/silicones_and_sealants/caulk_and_flexible_internal_acrylic_sealant/everbuild_195_siliconised_acrylic_sealant_caulk_white_c3_195we_P23395.html


Looking at the photo of that stuff it states on the bottom of the tube 'flexibility factor 12.5%'. The exact same as the normal stuff.

I think this is the stuff he meant. It has a flexibility factor of 25%

https://www.toolstation.com/shop/Adhesives+%26+Sealants/d180/General+Sealants/sd2350/Premium+Building+Silicone+310ml/p97204


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Argyll wrote:
What's the best stuff to use for filling a gap between skirting and a laminate floor?


I would say that the best stuff to use is a two part collaboration called Scribe and Jigsaw!

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lake wrote:
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What's the best stuff to use for filling a gap between skirting and a laminate floor?


I would say that the best stuff to use is a two part collaboration called Scribe and Jigsaw!

Never fails :)


If the sub floors that bad you need to scribe the skirting to the laminate you shouldn’t even be laying laminate in the first place...

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Bit left of field this !

Having recently fitted skirting in my new kitchen down onto porcelain tiles which are bedded on tile cement onto XPS under floor heating insulation I was concerned about how to finish , being a bit of a “flash gap fan” I actually had a load of 5mm UPDM glazing double sided tape and put this on the bottom of skirting as I fitted it , worked a treat , then even used it on the bottom of the kick boards under the cupboards !

I await a severe talking too LOL , crack on guys !


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Woah!!! Lots of people making assumptions here.

First of all the skirting and laminate were laid years ago. I had nothing to do with it. The person feels there's a draught coming from the small gap at some points in the skirting. Probably only a couple of mm but none the less she's asked me to fill it.


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lake wrote:
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What's the best stuff to use for filling a gap between skirting and a laminate floor?


I would say that the best stuff to use is a two part collaboration called Scribe and Jigsaw!

Never fails :)


Tell that who ever fitted it smart arse :-)


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On a uniform gap of a couple of mm I’ve never had any bother using everbuild silicone.
I just use the closest colour match to the skirting,which in 90% of cases is white.
One of those fugi kits is handy for this job as well.

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Cheers Stevie. I have one of the fugi kits. I was just concerned about expansion of the wood.


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2-3mm gap ... me thinks you are overthinking it.


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OchAye wrote:
2-3mm gap ... me thinks you are overthinking it.


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What's the difference in expansion/contraction between 12% & 25% over 2-3mm?

(it's about 0.3mm)

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It turned out some parts were about 6-7mm so I bought the 25% flexibilty factor to be on the safe side. I was just going by what the lady said. It turned out she was underestimating size. Who knew :wink:


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