There's several steps towards achieving a perfect finish with your floors, including underlay, covers around pipes and regular maintenance. However, if you really want to create a seamless floor the final step to ensure this includes fitting skirting boards. For the average person, this is a relatively straightforward task, needing only basic DIY skills and a few tools. You should expect to spend around 1-2 days on a large living room but you'll be rewarding by savings of up to £150 in labour by doing it yourself.
What are skirting boards?
Skirting boards are a board of wood which cleverly covers the join between the wall and the floor, to create a seamless finish. They are suited to laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring or solid wood.It gives an attractive appearance whilst hiding the necessary gap that must be left between the edge of the flooring and the wall, to allow for the expansion and contraction that happens over time. As well as covering up the messy side of flooring installation they also provide protection from scuffs and marks caused by errant feet.
As it protects from such accidents it can end up suffering a great deal of hard wear over time. Luckily, it isn't difficult to replace and comes in a range of styles to suit your tastes. To remove skirting boards that have become worn or are unsuitable to the style of your room, simply insert the blade of a chisel between the wall and skirting and tap the edge of the chisel with a hammer. This should loosen the skirting sufficiently enough that you can fit a crowbar in to lever the board out. Slide a small piece of wood behind the crowbar to prevent dents in the plaster.
How to fit skirting boards
- Start at the longest wall with internal corners first and measure the piece against the wall, marking the top edge to show where to cut. If you have a vice then put it to good use with holding the board whilst you saw it. You'll need to angle the cut to fit into the corner along with the other board.
- If attaching the skirting boards by screwing them in, try to attach the masonry nails or screws to existing points if possible. If none exist then fix the nails every 600mm at the highest flat point on the skirting board.
- If you've decided to glue the nails rather than nailing them into place, spread the adhesive evenly over the back. press it into place and use some wooden props to support it in place until the glue has set.
Skirting boards for every home
At Factory Direct Flooring we have everything to satisfy your flooring needs and this applies to skirting boards, too. Our skirting boards are available in either laminate or solid wood but come in a range of styles, sizes, stains and grains to accommodate the diverse nature of our flooring ranges.
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If you're still feeling a little lost when it comes to fitting your skirting boards on top of your brand new flooring then call 030 100 00 15 to speak to one of our flooring experts.