Skirting boards, or baseboards, have existed for many years in different forms and serve many purposes.
Firstly, skirting boards are decorative, with older homes featuring high skirting boards and intricate mouldings. Secondly, a skirting board protects the wall from accidental knocks and wear and tear from hoovers, mops and furniture. Skirting boards are also a clever way of hiding rugged or uneven flooring or wall edges.
Wood flooring and skirting board renovations
If you are renovating a room in your home that already has skirting boards fitted, you can either leave them in place or remove them for the flooring to be laid. Many choose to keep the skirting boards in place, as removing them can take the wall’s plaster off with them.
If you keep the skirting board in place, flooring can be installed up to each wall, with a beading accessory used to form a neat join between the skirting board and the wooden floor.
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Whether you replace or keep your skirting boards in place, it is vital to leave a gap between the edge of the room and your flooring to ensure the boards have enough space to contract and expand.
Wood flooring and skirting boards in new builds
There is significantly more flexibility with wood flooring in a new-build property, as you can select your flooring and style of skirting to complement the look of your room.