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Skirting Boards- An Overview

Skirting boards in a room are a very attractive and decorative finish that can really bring a room to life. They are essentially there to hide the gap between the floor and the plaster and prevent any impact damage to the plaster. They protect the walls from everyday knocks and scuffs and offer a good level of durability and resistance. By clicking here we get info about Skirting Boards

In days gone by, skirting boards were very deep, so much so that they were often fitted in two sections to achieve the height. However in more recent years, the trend in skirting boards fashion has struck a more of a happy medium where 125mm or 150mm boards are now more commonplace. Deep skirtings so not look to good in rooms with low ceilings either.

Skirting comes manufactured in different materials and in both soft and hardwood. Redwood is quite popular in the cheaper range of timber but the more quality skirting boards will be made from solid oak. The main advantage of using Solid Oak Skirting boards is that because of Oaks inherent hardness it will easily take knocks and wear without damaging, denting or needing repainting.

Removing Old Skirting Boards

Removing the old skirting in place is fairly simple and you can do this with a hammer bolster chisel and crowbar. If you find a particularly stubborn section of skirting board it may have been fixed with nails or screws, which will be difficult to detect on the front of the skirting as the heads will be covered with filler. If you can find the actual screws securing the board in place, you may be able to just remove the screws before dismantling the old boards.

Fixing

Before fixing your new skirting board prepare those boards which will meet at the corners of the room. Most corners are meant to be square, so it follows that fitting skirting boards around such a corner, the mitre cut would be 45 degrees, and to aid the accurate cutting of such frequent cuts, mitre blocks can be purchased pre-cut at this angle. Ideally though, mitre boxes are better for cutting skirting boards, as they give better control.

An uneven floor may leave ugly gaps below the skirting. To remedy this you can mark and cut the bottom of the skirting so it will follow the profile of the floor. You can push small wedges under the skirting board until it is level. Ensure your new skirting board is the same height as the one you are replacing, otherwise you will have a gap between the top of the skirting and the bottom of the plaster, which will need to be patched.

Wall

To fasten the skirting to the wall a grab adhesive is best especially if you intend to stain or varnish the boards. This will depend how straight the wall is though. If you are fastening to a stud petition wall you can simply nail the skirting to the stud work or if it is a brick wall you can knock wooden wedges into the gaps between the bricks and then nail into the wedges.

If you are fixing skirting to the wall of a long room or hallway you may need to make a joint before reaching a corner. Before the angle can be transferred to the skirting, the skirting board itself will need to be marked to show the position of the mitre cut, which is done by placing the board in position against the wall, and marking the base of the skirting where the external lines cross on the floor, with another mark at the top at the plaster arris.

With the wide range of tools available these days, fitting skirting is quite a simple task. You could very easily hire a sliding mitre saw from a tool hire shop for the day and fit most skirtings very precisely with ease. With a little practise, you will soon be fitting skirting like a master craftsman.