What is skirting? 6 Types of skirting boards

Types of skirting
Types of skirting

What is skirting?

Skirting is a baseboard or it can be called as Skirting boards which runs along the borders  between interior wall and floor. These are usually used to cover the improper edges and give a good finish to the room. There are many different types of Skirting boards available based on the material used in it such as wood, tiles ,metal etc.

Why skirting board is used in Buildings?

The main Purpose of providing skirting board in building is for an aesthetic look appearance of the room interior, to avoid irregular or unwanted edges and to protect wall from water.

Here are some more points on why skirting board is provided in building

  1. To prevent scratches from furniture.
  2. To provide some space between wall and furnitures.
  3. To protect wall from water
  4. To prevent satin on wall painting surface.
  5. Skirting boards gives aesthetic look to the interior of the building.
  6. Skirting board helps to hide unwanted materials like electric wires.

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Types of Skirting

There are many types of skirting board option are available in market one can choose based skirting board based on ones requirements.

Below are some different type of skirting used in buildings

  1. Metal skirting
  2. Pencil skirting
  3. Wooden skirting
  4. Flush skirting
  5. Colored skirting
  6. Continued skirting
  7. Double Layer skirting

Metal Skirting

Metal Skirting
Metal Skirting

Metal skirting is a type of skirting,Generally stainless steel is used to make metal skirting. It gives modern and rich interior appearance and adds more lighting to the interior of the building.

But it as some disadvantages such as installation process requires skilled person and these are prone to scratching.

Pencil Skirting

Pencil Skirting
Pencil Skirting

This type of skirting are provided to hide expansion gaps and clean and neat finish surface. Normally in Pencil skirting the upper edges are round. Pencil skirting are best choice for walls with patterned or plain walls.

Wooden Skirting

Wooden skirting
Wooden skirting

Wooden skirting is a type of skirting, which is best choice for traditional and ornamental decor designs. Wooden skirting board can be used for marble and tiled floors. It gives aesthetic look to the interiors of the building.

Flush Skirting

Flush Skirting
Flush Skirting

Flush skirting is best choice for a seamless wall with no outer projection like other skirting boards. As you can see in the below image the the skirting and plastering of the wall are on same level. Flush skirting do not catch dust easily like other skirting boards as they are not projected like others.

Coloured Skirting

Coloured skirting
Coloured skirting (Image source : thehouseshop)

Coloured skirting are normally MDF (Medium density Fibreboard) which are coloured based on one’s desired colour. These are comparativly cost less than HDF(High density Fibreboard).

Continued Skirting

continuous skirting
continuous skirting

Continued skirting is type of skirting in which skirting is done continuously throughout the borders as shown in images below. It is best skirting method if you looking for a colour balance interior space.

Double layer Skirting

Double skirting
Double skirting

If you’re not the ordinary one, looking for some innovative skirting board then this is best choice as the name suggest skirting is done in two layer either on same level or different levels.

Double layer skirting requires skilled workers as the process requires joining of different layers of skirting board and installing.

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FAQ’s on Skirting Board

1. What is the Difference between skirting and skirting board?

Ans : Skirting is a method of providing cover between edges of walls and floors, While skirting board is a type of material board used in skirting which runs along walls.

2. Can tiles or granites can be used as skirting board material?

Ans : Yes, They can be used as skirting boards

3. What is full form of HDF and MDF ?

Ans : Full form of HDF stands for High Density fibreboard and MDF stands for Medium density fibreboard.

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