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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are an experienced carpenter or doing some DIY, you will come against some questions that you may need answers to! Hopefully this page can help you find some of those answers easily and quickly.

Q. What size skirting board to use?

A. The size of the skirting board should generally be in proportion to the height of your ceilings. This will give your room an appropriate perspective and matched dimensions. For example if your building is very old with very high ceilings, then a taller skirting of approximately 300mm would look much more appropriate than 144mm. Similarly, newer buildings with lower ceilings would look much better with a 119mm skirting or 144mm for example.

 

Q. What are skirting boards for?

A. Skirting board is essentially used to cover the expansion gap between the flooring and the wall. Every floor should have at least a small expansion gap because the floor (particularly wooden floors) can expand and contract with different temperatures and environmental changes. Obviously a gap around the edge of the room would be unsightly, so skirting was created to decoratively cover this gap.

 

Q. Fitting skirting boards?

A. Fitting skirting board is not nearly as complicated as at first it may seem. Initially you should aim to get lengths that will fit each wall without joins, although joins are acceptable. The only real complication when fitting skirting is with joints or corners, both of which apply the sample principle of "mitering" which means to cut the very end of the board at opposite 45 degree angles so that they fit together seamlessly. 

 

Q. How to mitre skirting board?

A. You can get a mitre block which will act as a template to show where the 45 degree cut lines should be. You only need to think about which way the mitre line should go, and draw it onto the board first to ensure that the two mitred ends will match up to produce the desired corner or joint. 

 

Q. Fitting skirting boards with glue?

A. Glue is a perfect medium for fitting skirting board as they do not require holes and therefore filling of holes when fitting the boards. Most industrial adhesives such as "no more nails" etc will be just fine.

 

Q. Fitting skirting boards to a curved wall?

A. We do have available some plastic and flexible skirting that is perfect for covering curved walls, alternatively you can use a method of making stress cuts along the back of the skirting, allowing it to bend. It is also benefitial to have grooves or 'rebates' in the back of the board which allows the boards to bend more easily.

 

Q. Fitting skirting boards on an uneven floor?

A. This would depend on why the floors are uneven. If the floor is simply sloping, then it will not affect the fitting of the skirting board. If on the other hand the flooring is very uneven, this may produce an issue with getting a perfect straight bottom edge of the board with the floor. In this case, we would recommend using a "D mould" or a scotia, which is much smaller and is pinned to the floor along the bottom edge of the skirting board, and will hide some imperfections in the evenness of the floor.

 

Q. What thickness skirting boards to use?

A. Standard skirting board is 18mm thick which covers the vast majority of requriements, however on some thicker floors with a larger expansion gap, 25mm may be required but generally 18mm is perfect for most cases.

 

Q. What profile skirting board to use?

A. There are few restrictions when it comes to the choice of profile for skirting board. The main restriction will be if your property has any listed restrictions or graded requirements. In this case, we frequently reproduce skirting to replace it as it was previously. You may decide that the 'easy clean' range offer a lower maintenance option as they will not gather dust on the top edge of the boards.