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Top Ten Tips for Skirting Board

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1. What are skirting boards?

Skirting board also called "base boards" in the United States, are boards that go at bottom of your wall between your wall and your floor.

Skirting Board / Base Board

2. Why do I need skirting boards?

Skirting boards are there to prevent damp in your walls, and hide wires, heating pipes, cables etc. So skirting boards are essential as part of your internal house instructure, also in recent years, a lot of creative interior designers use skirting boards as part of their creative designs to spice up the overall look of the properties.

3. Do I fit skirting boards before wooden floor or fit wooden floor before skirting boards?

If you can, fit your wooden floor before fitting skirting boards, because you need to leave expansion gap between the floor and the wall. However, if you choose carpet, you need to fit skirting boards first, then you can fit your carpet.

4. What are the most modern colour for skirting boards?

You can choose whatever colour that suit the theme of your house. A lot of modern apartments use grey or high gloss on their skirting boards. You can test out one small piece to see whether that colour will fit, if it doesn’t fit, you can always repaint another colour.

5. What do I do if there is a hole or holes in my skirting boards?

Some natural wood skirting boards would occasionally have knots, when the knots fell out, they become holes. Please don’t panic, get a wood filler or decorator’s caulk to fill the holes, wait for them to dry and settle in, then put a coat of finishing products on them.

6. Why do people choose MDF skirting boards over pine skirting boards?

A lot of people choose pine skirting boards thinking that they are cost effective, however, pine skirting boards as natural wood product come with its own limitations. As the pine tree grow, there are knots appear during the growth, and also there are water content inside the wood, so when it is not treated properly, when pine skirting boards come to your home and sitting on your walls, it may bend or change shape. So a lot of people including professional decorators and builders choose MDF skirting boards instead as they are more stable, easier to work with, and more cost effective.

7. How do I paint my MDF skirting boards?

Always choose primed and sanded MDF skirting boards where you can, because they reduce your preparation time. Make sure you don’t paint your MDF skirting boards before you fix them to your wall. Once they are fixed to the wall securely, you can paint your skirting boards with your desired colour as they are already sanded, so it is easy for them to take the paint. Make sure allow drying time in between layers. Typically, decorator would paint them in 2 coats then finish off with gloss.

8. What are flexible skirting boards?

Flexible Skirting boards are quite simply boards which will allow for movement or variation in the wall surface or allow you to put skirting boards on a curved wall for instance, they are usually made from a material of a polymer base which gives the pliability required.

9. Why do people need flexible skirting boards?

Quite often, especially in Period Properties, as a design feature curved walls were added, this has for a long time posed problems to anyone wishing to fit new Skirting boards, because of the rigidity of materials such as timber or MDF, and in the case of columns or pillars it has been a very troublesome and expensive problem until now.

10. What is the delivery time for skirting boards in the UK?

Generally, if the skirting boards you choose are the stock item, delivery should be within 48 hours all being well. If the skirting boards you choose are custom, then it would depend on the complexity of the design, material and individual specifications etc, it can take from a few days to a few weeks, so it is always good that you can give yourself plenty of time to allow manufacture time.