Welcome to Skirting-Boards.co.uk, part of ShenSmith Group of companies
A full range of architrave to match your skirting
Solid Pine skirting Boards, available in varied lengths and in our many profiles.
Skirting Board Profiles
Quick skirting tips:
If you have towel radiators, you can still use skirting behind the pipes and MDF may be better than using a solid wood. Door frames are usually solid wood (pine) and stripped from sheet materials. Floor tiles, on the other hand, are likely to be parquet or other tiling. You should use an experienced carpenter with appropriate hand tools and power tools and tiling tools, and expertise will be required to cut the correct angles for mdf mouldings, picture rails and solid wood flooring. It is worth considering the material to match things such as door handles, sliding wardrobe doors, interal doors and shower enclosures, etc. The types of paint used for skirting are usually white gloss, etc.
Choosing skirting board might seem like a simple task at first until you see the myriad of choices available such as; the type of material you can use, full variety of profiles available, and the many different length you can choose to order your skirting board in.
Types of wood available
The majority of skirting boards are currently produced in MDF in the UK, however there are a large number of carpenters that still prefer to use pine because it doesn’t need to be sanded as much as MDF to obtain a paint grade finish. Pine is not without its difficulties, however, and is a natural wood that will respond to any moisture found in the air or adjacent walls causing it to bend, warp, split or cup.
Solid oak is also used extensively to produce and fit skirting board because it is known as one of the higher end products to be found in expensive hotels and luxurious houses but hardwoods such as oak are also a natural material prone to responding to moisture in the air, this means that extra care should be taken with any room where oak is being used for fixtures and fittings, especially skirting board and architrave, because they have been moulded and will be susceptible to any moisture.
Many people are not aware that oak veneered MDF can be used to produce skirting boards and other mouldings that remove is the concern about whether the mouldings are going to bend and warp when installed in a room that may have moisture in the air. Veneered mouldings also offer a 20 to 30% reduction in price that is very attractive when you are trying to create a very good appearance on a lower budget. It is almost impossible to tell the difference between veneered skirting boards and real oak boards because our veneered boards are made using real layers of oak on the surface so it is in fact a genuine oak product that you will see as the finished result.
Height of your skirting board
There are a number of different heights available for skirting board and generally you should choose a height that will be proportionate to your room. Generally speaking an average height ceiling would dictate 120mm - 140mm as a standard height, but it is always down to preference.
Lengths of your skirting board
Skirting board can be purchased in a number of different lengths. The longest length available is 5.4m that will allow the skirting to be fitted with the minimum amount of joints possible. Alternatively you may have boards as small as 2.4m or 3m if you find longer length is difficult to deal with.