Do I need StopGap?
I’ve had the living room floor in my Edwardian terraced house stripped and it looks a million dollars. The only trouble is – we can’t live in it between October and April. Why is it so cold? The problem is GAPS! Wooden floors have lots of them. If you add up all those gaps you’ll find that the average room has a total gap area of 50 x 50cm – equal to a wide-open window.
My floor has just been finished and looks gorgeous. Can StopGap prevent the terrible draughts without spoiling the appearance too much? Yes, StopGap is hardly detectable when fitted.
There are black lines on the underside of my carpet underlay and carpet. Do I need StopGap? This is dirt left by the movement of air up through the gaps. StopGap will combat the problem.
There are black lines around the edges of my carpet and the hoover can’t reach them, what do I do? These are caused by the carpet acting as an efficient filter and collecting the dust from the air as it passes through the gap between the skirting board and floor. The answer is to seal off these gaps with neutral StopGap.
The gaps in my floor are irregular and some are very wide. Help! Don’t worry. StopGap has been engineered to work in gaps from 1 to 8mm.
The only methods I’ve been able to find for sealing my floorboard gaps have involved messy sealants. Why is StopGap different? StopGap is a completely new way of sealing irregular gaps between boards (UK Patent). It has been engineered to be simple to fit, inexpensive, and to take day-to-day changes of temperature and humidity in its stride.
My boards have gaps on the Surface but if I try to push a knife into the gap, there seems to be a blockage a short distance down in the gap. Can I use StopGap? It sounds like you may have ‘Tongue & Groove’ instead of plain edged floorboards. StopGap is unsuitable for this type of floorboard. It is possible to get around this by removing all tongues with boards in situ by using a circular saw set to the correct depth of cut. This will leave regular gaps around 3mm wide, perfect for StopGap. This procedure is a bit drastic and will require reasonably advanced DIY skills or the services of a tradesman. But, when you’re desperate…
How much do I need?
How many packs of StopGap will I need for my room? An average (16sq metres) room will need two 40-metre rolls.
The StopGap maths challenge
- Count the total number of floorboards
- Measure the full length of a floorboard in metres
- Multiply together to get the total length of all gaps
- Divide total length by 40 to get number of 40m rolls required
Is it easy to fit?
Fitting is very straightforward – like posting a letter.
Will I have to take my furniture out of the room? No. Some items may need to be moved to one side temporarily.
Will I need tools? No! just a pair of scissors and old credit card.
Is any preparation needed before Fitting? It can make fitting easier if dirt and dust in the gaps are loosened. Use a thin plastic tool such as a knife or old credit card and then vacuum.
Does fitting involve the use of adhesives, solvents or other noxious substances? Definitely not, StopGap is specifically designed to be fitted dry.
Can anyone fit StopGap? Yes.
How long does it take to fit StopGap?
I need to do three rooms – will it take a long time? An average 3.5 x 3.5 metre room can be finished in under an hour.
How long after StopGap has been fitted should I wait before I replace my rugs? No need to wait. Your room can be back to normal in 60 minutes from start to finish – with absolutely no cleaning up.
Will it save me money?
What kind of return can I expect from my investment in StopGap? For most people, the most important result is that, at last, their room is comfortable. However, tackling draught could make substantial savings on heating costs. Depending on local factors, StopGap could pay for itself in as little as 12 months. Thereafter, you will save money year after year after year.
Can I use StopGap for anything else?
StopGap sounds great for floors but has anyone ever used it for other things? Yes. StopGap can be used almost anywhere there is a need to fill a gap temporarily or permanently. For example, to stop or reduce: draughts, dust, pollen, spiders, flies, light, heat, and noise.
Can StopGap help with draughts through my sash windows? Yes. Because StopGap does not use glue, in the spring it can simply be removed from the windows you frequently open, and re-used in the autumn. For this application, choose StopGap ‘neutral’, which is translucent.
Are there other advantages besides draughtproofing? StopGap can, for example, reduce nuisance smells from adjacent dwellings. It can also lower traffic fumes and noise where the under-floor void is ventilated to the outside near a road.
“I ordered it because we were getting cigarette smoke fumes from our neighbours through our floorboards. I installed your clever invention and it has put a total stop to any nasty smells. Thank you very much.” Maria
I use rolled up newspaper in my french doors, what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, but StopGap is quicker to use and doesn’t get soggy when wet.
Can it be removed?
StopGap can be removed in minutes should you suffer an attack of nostalgia and long for those penetrating draughts.
What should I do when it’s time to renew the finish on my floor? It’s possible to remove and replace the StopGap to avoid the possibility of damage by solvents. This should not be necessary with water-based floor coatings. During this process, some damage to the strip may occur depending on the condition of your boards and the presence of sharp edges or nails. Lengths of damaged strip will need to be replaced with new.
Is it available in other colours?
I have painted my floor, is StopGap available in colours? StopGap is hardly visible in use so no matching is really necessary but for light coloured floors you may prefer StopGap ‘neutral’, which is translucent.
What alternatives are available?
I’ve been told I can fill my floorboard gaps with Papier-mache. This material is free – why should I spend money on StopGap? Best advice is to ask someone who has used this method before you decide. You’ll probably find it takes days, is very messy and will need sanding afterwards.
What’s wrong with sawdust mixed with glue? Nothing, but it takes ages, it won’t accept the floor coating, it will shrink and fall out within months, it’s (very) messy and it has to be sanded.
Why can’t I just use wood filler? You can, but manufacturers specifically exclude its use for floorboards.
Isn’t the proper solution to take up the whole floor and re-lay the boards tight to one another? Yes. That’s fine as long as you remembered to do it before you sanded the floor. If not, StopGap is the answer.
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I’ve heard there’s another product on the market called GAPSEAL that is very similar to StopGap. Is this true? Yes, it’s true. For a period, we authorised another company to market a re-named, exact copy of StopGap, called GAPSEAL. It was discontinued in March 2010.
I previously bought a product called GAPSEAL and need more but can no longer find it on sale, what do I do? Simply order StopGap (See answer above.)
What about delivery?
How long will I have to wait after placing my order? All online orders received by 3 pm will be sent by first class post or airmail the same day.
My partner and I are both at work from 8am to 6pm. Can we arrange for a delivery at some other time? No need. Single or double packs of 40 metre rolls of StopGap will fit through a standard size letterbox (250 x 38 mm). If you prefer, you can nominate a different delivery address.
I’m out at work all day and I want more than one roll. What do I do? If your letterbox is OK (see above) simply email us as soon as you have ordered and tell us you want delivery in multiple parcels (no extra charge).
I have been told that my floor must be ventilated. How will fitting StopGap affect this? Fitting StopGap will have the same effect as laying carpet. Adequate ventilation will have been provided when the house was built and will not depend on movement of air through the floorboard gaps. You should ensure that the ventilation grilles or air bricks in your outer walls are clear of dirt, debris, garden soil or plant material.
My room has a gas fire. Will sealing the gaps cause a problem? Adequate ventilation is vital for certain gas appliances. If the only change is that you have taken up a carpet then this should not have affected ventilation. If in doubt, For your safety, you should consult a qualified gas engineer to advise on how to ensure correct ventilation without suffering the misery of a draughty floor.
Tongue and Groove floorboards
I have tongue & groove boards which are very draughty, can I use StopGap? StopGap is unsuitable for this type of floorboard. It is possible to get around this by removing all tongues with boards in situ by using a circular saw set to the correct depth of cut. This will leave regular gaps around 3mm wide, perfect for StopGap. This procedure is a bit drastic and will require reasonably advanced DIY skills or the services of a tradesman. But, when you’re desperate…