What is the use of skirting boards

Attach skirting boards

Skirting boards - nail, screw, glue or click?

Skirting boards are hardly of any consequence when renovating. But they catch the eye when you look at the bottom line: does it look clean? Was it worth the effort? Which technology makes sense during assembly? More on this in this post.

Skirting boards, also known as baseboards or bumper boards, are usually only dealt with when the renovation is actually finished: the walls are wallpapered or plastered, the laminate or carpeting has been laid. And then this unsightly interface between wall and floor has to be "treated". You don't feel like it anymore, maybe you don't have the time.

Nevertheless: It is worthwhile to plan and install the skirting boards carefully. Because they support the first impression that an apartment or house makes on the visitor. They ensure a visually successful transition between the floor covering and the wall. The possibilities are diverse, both in terms of price and appearance. An inexpensive, thin skirting board can be nailed to the wall, while decorative systems are anchored with high-quality click systems and often a cable duct also runs discreetly along the wall.

Skirting boards are always necessary when laying parquet, laminate, vinyl, cork and carpeting to cover the joints between the wall and the floor. They are usually made of solid wood, medium-density fibreboard (MDF) or - for use in damp rooms such as the bathroom - made of plastic.

When you have measured the space, you should buy the required strips - preferably with a little reserve - and decide how you want to attach the strips: nail, dowel, glue or use mounting clips. Which method you choose should depend on the circumstances.

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Nail and dowel skirting boards

Small steel pins for nailing are the best option for skirting boards on a wood-clad wall. But be careful: The procedure is only suitable if the skirting board does not tear when nailing. In plastered walls, steel pins tend to have disadvantages because they break easily on hard surfaces - or they bend.

Attaching the skirting boards with screws and dowel holes causes more effort. However, carefully selected screws have optical advantages over steel pins. In the case of wooden walls, tiles or glass, however, dowels are not an option.

Mounting clips: simply attach the skirting board

Strictly speaking, fastening with mounting clips is also a form of dowelling. The advantage of this method: The baseboards can be removed quickly and easily at any time, for example when a damaged board needs to be replaced. The mounting clips are positioned on the wall with dowels and screws at a distance of 50 cm. When the mounting clips are on the wall, the skirting boards can simply be attached.

Alternative: glue on skirting boards

If you use glue, you should ensure that the surface is completely flat, dry and dust-free. Moldings made of plastic, solid wood or fibreboard are suitable for this process. When choosing the assembly adhesive, you are spoiled for choice: Contact adhesives, double-sided adhesive tapes or hot-melt adhesives are available. Hot-melt adhesives are mainly used when high adhesive strength is required, for example in damp rooms such as bathrooms. Because of its properties, hot glue is also ideal for tiles.

One advantage of gluing: With most assembly adhesives, you can later remove the glued strips with a spatula and use them elsewhere. Experts recommend using only high quality assembly adhesives or tapes.


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Corners and edges

The more corners and edges a room has, the more time-consuming it is to assemble the skirting boards - and the more care is required. The trade stops both prefabricated corner pieces (inside and outside corners), as well as end pieces and butt connectors.

If you opt for straight skirting boards, you have to cut them to size at a 45 degree angle when installing them so that two skirting boards fit together at an angle of 90 degrees. So that these seams look good, a miter saw is recommended, with which tailor-made cutting angles can be created.

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