Skirting boards are those pieces of boards or planks that cover the bottom length of the walls in a home. Also called baseboards or base moldings, they are commonly found in multiple variations depending on the norm for any given country. They are normally made out of wood, though there are also boards that have been made out of PVC, plastic, or some other type of flexible material.
But why do they exist and for what purpose do we have them in our homes?
With the addition of skirting boards, a room is instantly transformed from a plain boxy space that could use some help, to one that looks more finished. While they can be very plain pieces of wood nailed to the bottom part of walls, they can also be more elaborate with moldings and designs that can give off a more elegant appeal to any room. Baseboards can be painted or varnished, depending on aesthetic preference.
Baseboards help to protect both the wall and the furniture that you’ll be filling the room up with by acting as a buffer between the two of them, thereby preventing the furniture pieces from being too close to the walls. This prevents any damage to plastering or paint job, which could take the form of unattractive scratches or lines on the wall or wallpaper. Also, the furniture is kept away from coming into contact with the wall, thus keeping it away from any scuffing that may come out of the friction.
More often than not, a gap forms between the plastered wall and floor. Called a shrinkage gap, it doesn’t necessarily speak of bad workmanship, but rather is a common occurrence in houses that are built the traditional way. Skirting boards are put in place to cover these gaps and provide a more polished look to the walls and floors.
Electrical wirings definitely can pose problems in the construction of a house as they need to be somewhere easily reachable in cases of repairs, but at the same time hidden for that finished look to be attained. Skirting boards, particularly PVC boards, provide a means of hiding them so that they can be hidden from view but can still be accessed when repairs are necessary.
When you feel like your home, or even just a room of it, needs an upgrade, why not go for adding skirting boards? Not only will you give the room an instant uplift, you’re also adding added protection to your walls and at the same time hiding any imperfections on the gaps between the walls and floor.