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Old 02-27-2014, 12:04 AM   #1
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What to do about gaps round edge of new carpet


Hi, we have just had carpet installed in three bedrooms and a living room. Before the installation the salesman told us that we should take up the quarter round (quads). In hindsight I wish we had just asked for the carpet to be installed with these in place, because in some places we were left with quite big gaps between the edge of the floorboards and the bottom of the skirting boards. The carpet has been tucked into the gaps and looks good. But I'm concerned that over time the carpet will get dirty where the air flows through. It will be draughty too. In some places I can push my fingers into the corner and see straight down to the laundry underneath the house.
My options that I am aware of are:
- stick new quarter rounds to the bottom of the skirting boards
- try to block up the gaps. Perhaps stick some kind of foam strips down there, although I think they would either look messy or they would fall straight through. For two of the three walls where this is an issue I can access them from underneath and perhaps try to block the gaps from there.
- get someone in to insulate under the floor. Not sure if this is possible, it is pretty messy with pipes and wires and heating ducts.
- do nothing and see how it goes.

I would really appreciate any advice.

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Old 02-27-2014, 12:13 AM   #2
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Those floors should have been air sealed and insulated long ago.
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Thanks, I'll update my profile. I'm in Sydney, Australia. The climate is pretty mild so insulation often doesn't get much attention, except roof insulation
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Put 1/4 round back. It should have been left down in the first place.
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