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The color of your base
To find the right bar for your floor, it’s best to look at some patterns in direct comparison. The color plays a very important role in the selection. Thus, the skirting board can be selected e.g. in the color of the floor. In small rooms, however, this can quickly have a narrowing effect.
A skirting board in the color of the wall (usually white), on the other hand, makes a room look wider (more generous than any other option).
The shape of the skirting boards
The shape of the footboard is a far underestimated factor when it comes to the spatial effect. Both the “style” of your bar and the width of the bar can greatly change the spatial effect.
For example, everyone can immediately recognise the typical skirting boards used for laminate flooring in the low-cost sector. Such a skirting board should never be laid to a high-quality parquet floor.
Traditionally contrazy & no-frills
In most cases, people find traditional profiles, such as the ones described below (Berliner & Hamburger Profile) to be more suitable when it is a plank floor with a rustic effect. Modern floorboards or prefabricated parquet with chamfer / emphasis on the plank look, on the other hand, are usually provided with a simple, white skirting board.
Find the right skirting boards
When selecting the bars, it is important that the cover width is sufficient to cover the edge joint of the parquet. In the case of solid parquet, the edge joint may have been chosen relatively large as a preventive measure due to the swelling and shrinkage behaviour of the wood. In most cases, a width of at least 20 mm must be maintained. A width of just under 16 mm is usually sufficient for finished parquet.
The purpose of a skirting board
Skirting boards should usually cover the joint between the floor and the wall. For wood and laminate floors, this joint is usually up to 15mm – quite a lot. In addition, the skirting board should of course protect the wall from damage during parquet maintenance. It is not for nothing that the noble pieces used to be called “scrubbing bars”.
Massive or veneer skirting boards?
A distinction is also made between solid and veneered skirtings. Both are made of real wood, whereby the “veneer version” is somewhat cheaper due to the low hardwood content. Both variants can be either nailed or mounted with screws. Most skirting boards available as standard oak plinth and beech plinth variants. Always worth considering are aluminium skirtings and the variants listed below.
Possible shapes of your new skirting board
Below we have listed a short overview of the other possible skirting board profiles. Profiles such as the Berliner profile or the Hamburger profile appear to be of the highest quality. Both are available in natural colours as well as in white. The “Berliner” but also the “Hamburger” profile are completely different in their appearance from conventional bases.
In the past they were used in villas, castles and mansions.
Today, these “beautifully ornate” profiles can also be found in old apartments in city centres. The style is particularly suitable for wooden floors such as the plank pattern. Of course, we also have simple profiles in our program, which do not stand out optically and simply cover the edge joint.
Baseboards made of solid wood
The advantage of solid wood skirting boards is their natural appearance. Baseboards made of solid wood also contain once “wilder” areas of wood grain. Thus, a solid bar made of beech wood can also contain very dark stripes or even small branch holes. In contrast to veneered or even “foiled” skirting boards, the massive design also fits rustic floors, which by nature already seem more “uneasy”.
Why solid wood base should be screwed
However, a solid wood footboard tends to change its shape slightly. Just like any piece of wood, the solid skirting board changes its dimensions in the event of fluctuations in humidity. Therefore, they should always be mounted with plugs & screws. This requires a little more effort during assembly, but is the better solution in the long term.
Sockets made of MDF / HDF
The cheapest option is to buy MDF, HDF skirtings. These are pressed wood fibres, which are covered with a foil. Just like laminate floors, the film has the look of a wooden surface. Because only fibres and not whole wooden slats are required for production, this type of skirting board is particularly favourable.
Advantages of plinths & skirting boards made of MDF
]MDF sockets convince not only by their low price. Since they are not made of solid wood, they do not change their dimensions like solid wood. They can therefore be easily fixed with nails or wire pins in the wall. As they are also very flexible, they are also suitable for bridging or laminating slight unevenness in the soil. To do this, simply bend the groin over the floor shaft in question and fix it in the wall at the same time with nails.
Disadvantages of MDF skirting boards
The only known drawback of MDF strips is that the film can easily burst in case of damage. This occurs, for example, when the skirting board is fastened with nails and the hammer slips off. However, it can also happen in hindsight that, for example, a cat or other pets damage the groin with its claws.
MDF Laminate Skirting boards
MDF skirting boards actually come from the laminate manufacturing sector, as they are based on the same material. MDF laminate skirting boards can, however, also be used on parquet floors without hesitation. Only with very “wild” grades with many knots or stripes, the artificial grain of an MDF strip could look unsuitable. For example, if you decide on white bases, this problem does not occur.
Interesting facts about aluminium skirting boards
Aluminium (aluminium) skirting boards are often installed in representative buildings, e.g. bank houses, insurance companies, etc.
Alu footboards also fit perfectly with high-quality parquet floors or epoxy resin floors. The matte appearance of the aluminium strip harmonizes e.g. with the matt surface of an oiled walnut floor.
Important for the assembly of aluminium skirting boards
Alu skirting boards cannot be mounted like ordinary bases. Neither the screwing nor the assembly with nails is possible. Therefore, aluminium skirting boards are mounted with a special “underrail”. This is used for snapping the actual skirting board and is screwed onto the wall beforehand. Then you just click the bar on the rail. You also have to do things differently when cutting the aluminium strips. A special saw blade should be installed in the “cut/miter saw” so that clean cuts succeed and the saw blade does not become blunt. The substrate should also be particularly flat, as real aluminium is not so easy to bend. In old buildings, therefore, better attention should be paid to “hybrid” solutions.
The “Hybrid” – wooden base with aluminium optics
Alu skirting boards are available on wood as a kind of mixed product. This is a deceptively real replica of aluminium, which is pulled over a wooden base as a foil. The advantage: Both the assembly by means of nails/screws as well as the sawing with a normal wood saw blade are possible. In addition, the price is much more attractive than with “real” aluminium skirting boards.
Assemble skirting boards correctly
Because there are various possibilities for the assembly of skirting boards, which do not always have to be suitable in your case, we have described here the most well-known methods.
Mounting skirting boards screwed – Quick Start Guide
The screwed mounting of skirting boards is widely used and very popular, especially because of its durability. In the event of a renovation, the strips can be easily removed and, for example, reassembled without complications after painting. For this, the assembly is a little more complex than, for example, the attachment with nails.
First, the skirting board is cut to the right angle with a miter saw or “crosscut saw”. Then you mark the punch marks at regular intervals. The distance between the holes should always be about 50-60 cm. If too little distance is left, the optics are impaired – if one leaves too much distance, the skirting board is usually not uniform everywhere.
Mounting skirting boards with nails – Quick Start Guide
The much simpler method is the assembly with nails or “wire pins”. Here, after cutting, simply press the skirting board to the wall and put on a nail. The nail is now driven through the groin. One should set tighter distances than with the screwed assembly. A nail should be attached approximately every 20 cm.
If you are not yet so experienced with a hammer and nails, you can also simply place the groin on a hard surface and put all nails on already, or drive some milimeters into the skirting board. This makes the subsequent installation on the wall much easier, because the nail can no longer slip off.
Video: Attach skirting boards with nails
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