What is a Skirting Board
Whats a skirting board and what are they used for
What are skirtings boards?
HISTORICALLY, skirtings boards were necessary when walls were wet-plastered
to cover the junction of floor and wall and account for the difficulty in
achieving a neat stop edge to the plaster at the bottom of the wall;
architraves around doors had a similar purpose. Now that we have nice neat
sheets of machine-cut plasterboard and metal edge beads for plaster, there
is no point to skirtings whatsoever. We cling on to them because of our
sentimental fondness for "period" detail, and incompetent mass-market house
builders like them because they allow for a poor standard of workmanship and
higher speed. We "trendy minimalist" architects have eliminated skirtings
and architraves in favour of a small recessed "shadowgap" detail which
neatly articulates the junction between wall and floor, making wall planes
appear to "float" over continuous floor planes. There is an argument that
skirtings protect the wall finish from damage by vacuum cleaners, etc. This
is rubbish; it is much better to avoid hitting your house in the first
How important are skirting board
Also known as baseboard, skirtings boards have been around for many, many
years in different forms and typically serve two or three important
purposes. First, a skirting board can be added to a room purely for
decorative purposes. In old houses, for example, it’s common to find high
skirting board that feature mouldings and can even be quite intricate,
making a decorative feature. That said, at its simplest level, a skirting
board will simply be a plank of wood that has been nailed, screwed or glued
to the wall. The second purpose of a skirting board is to protect the wall.
skirtings boards will typically protect the walls from accidental knocks, as
well as wear and tear from furniture and soiling and scuffs from mops and hoovers. In the third instance,
skirting board can be used as a really
clever way of hiding uneven or rugged floor or wall edges.
If you’re taking on a wood flooring project, irrespective of whether it’s
for a new-build or a renovation or redesign, you should give some thought to
skirting board. In order to help, we’ll go through the various options
skirting board and wood flooring in renovation or re-looking projects.
If you’re in the throws of renovating a property or re-looking a room in
your home, it may well be that you already have skirting board in place.
What this means, when you decide on how you will fit your new floor, is that
you either have the choice of leaving the skirting board in place, or
removing them to enable the floor to be laid.
Particularly in older properties, many people are wary of removing skirting
board because more often than not, they take away a whole lot of the wall’s
plaster with them. It is for this reason that most people decide to leave
their skirtings boards in place when they fit a new wooden floor.
If you decide to go this route, what you can do is run your flooring right
up to each of your walls and then use a beading accessory to create a neat
join between the floor and the skirting board. The important thing to bear
in mind, whichever route you go is to make sure you leave enough of a gap
between your flooring and the edge of your room to allow your floor to
expand and contract.
skirting board and wood flooring in new-builds.
If you’re planning wood flooring in a new-build situation, you’ll have
significantly more flexibility, because you’ll be able to install your
chosen skirting board after you’ve fitted your floor. By working this way,
you’ll be able to choose the style of flooring you’re wanting and also the
style of skirting you’d like to finish off your look. Once again though,
don’t forget to make sure that you leave an expansion gap all the way around
your room to make sure that your floor has the space to expand and contract
without getting damaged in the process
In architecture, a baseboard (also called skirting board, skirting,
mopboard, floor molding, as well as base molding) is a (generally wooden)
board covering the lowest part of an interior wall. Its purpose is to cover
the joint between the wall surface and the floor.
It covers the uneven edge of flooring next to the wall; protects the wall
from kicks, abrasion, and furniture; and can serve as a decorative molding.
At its simplest, baseboard consists of a simple plank nailed, screwed or
glued to the wall; however, particularly in older houses, it can be made up
of a number of mouldings for decoration.
Plastic baseboard comes in various plastic compounds, the most common of
which is Plastic. It is usually available in white or a flexible version in
several colors and is usually glued to the wall.
Wooden baseboard can be available in untreated, lacquered or prepainted
versions. Prepainted baseboard can be made from a single piece or finger
jointed wood, often softwoods, while hardwoods are either lacquered, or raw
for staining and made from a single piece of wood.
Radiators are sometimes installed inside or in front of baseboard
A baseboard differs from a wainscot; a wainscot typically covers from the
floor to around 1-1.5m high (waist or chest height), whereas a baseboard is
typically just up to 0.2m high (ankle height)