Wooden floors gaping

I have wooden floorboards that have come apart in a few places, why is this?

Asked by Gillian on 18th Feb 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"Just over the years the move swell expand just with age u can take them up re-glue and refix them if there in an ok condition would have to be if u have them on show maybe replace some of not or even the whole floor like a say if there ur actual flooring"
Answered on 18th Feb 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
"It may be due to general traffic over time and temperature changes"
Answered on 9th Jun 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Hello gillian, Ted here from probuild, im assuming theese are floor boards were referring to, so over time and through extreme weather pine as a timber moves around alot ie it will expand and contract, I have the same issue with my 1920s pine doors they move around in extreme weather, if you think its been extremely cold outside so we've all had our heating alot higher recently this has probablly caused the issue therefore it is normal and not to much to worry about, we do sometimes reset floor boards in older properties to close gaps that is an option if they become a pain


Pro build"
Answered on 18th Feb 2021 - Member since Jun 2018 - report
If they are very old with time and the change in temperature and also the dust helps for this division"
Answered on 18th Feb 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
"Hi Central heating is usually the causation.
Norman Styles"
Answered on 7th May 2022 - Member since May 2021 - report
"Your floorboards have come apart because floorboards laid are knotting pine which will have shrinkage.
This can be filled with flexible floor filler to suit the colour of finished floor."
Answered on 15th May 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
"Floorboard are a natural material so will swell in winter n shrink in summer so they will move slightly to tighten then up you will av to screw them down again carefully to avoid pipes n cable’s hope this helps"
Answered on 18th Feb 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
"Timber and in your case floorboards are actually “living” in that they will contract and expand dependant on the climate. When it’s warm they expand and in the cold, they will contract."
Answered on 22nd Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
"They are not packed under skirting boards or require fixing to joists."
Answered on 19th Feb 2021 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
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