Skirting in Building Construction: Types and Purpose

By: | August 8th, 2021

Skirting Boards

There are many things to consider when finishing your home’s interior design. You want to choose materials that are durable, practical, and aesthetically pleasing as well. One important thing you may want to consider is installing skirting boards or baseboards for your walls. Skirting boards cover the lower part of the wall that joins the floor. Here’s everything you need to know about skirting boards and why to get them.

The Purpose of Skirting Boards

Skirting boards have numerous benefits from practicality to beautification. They were originally used to cover wet plaster that provided a shabby finish to the walls, but the reasons for using skirting boards changed over time. Nowadays, they are used to cover unwanted cracks or gaps between the walls and floor, which provides a neat, chic look to your house’s interior. It’s more practical to hide any electrical wires lying around behind baseboards than to raise them all the way up to the ceiling and cover them underneath the ceiling boards. Having these boards also prevents wall scraping from moving furniture against the wall or continuous bumping from vacuum cleaning.

Different Types of Skirting Boards

There are various materials to choose from when picking out your skating boards. Wooden baseboards provide the perfect contrast for your interior when paired with your tiled or marble floors. A safe option to choose whether your home’s décor is classic or modern is ogee skirting boards as they provide a simple, decorative finish to your walls. Industrial office spaces might use metal skirting that is usually made from stainless steel, which needs to be installed by a professional. There are also plastic boards that are cheaper but of lower quality and have limited options in terms of painting or varnishing them, unlike wooden boards. You can choose to apply a double layer of skirting to your walls, which provides a modern design, or decide to install skirting on staircases attached to your walls.

Picking the Right One for Your Interior

Even after familiarizing yourself with all the different materials and types of skirting boards, it can be quite confusing to choose between them. You might want to create a remodeling guide or write down specific steps for yourself so you are able to make an informed decision. First, you need to decide on the kind of material; you want to have boards that would last a while, so it’s probably not the best idea to skimp on materials. Then, consider looking at different styles of your chosen material, bearing in mind how those styles will match your floors. Of course, you’d have to keep the price in mind while looking at all the options as to not get attached to a certain type, only to find out you exceeded your budget.

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