WHEN TO USE SKIRTING BOARDS AND WHEN TO USE BEADING

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When you’re replacing your floor, or fitting an entirely new one into a newbuild, there are many things you’ll already have thought about – the underlay, the shade of the floor, the cost (obviously) and how to look after it going forward. One thing you may not have thought about is how to finish off the edges so it all looks neat and even.

WHY YOU NEED TO USE SKIRTING BOARDS OR BEADING

No-one wants ragged and uneven edges at the junction of floor and wall, which is one of the reasons we use various edging products. When using laminate or wooden flooring, it’s impossible to create a completely straight, even edge that meets the wall with millimetre precision, so you’ll need either skirting boards or floor beading from discountflooringdepot to smooth things over. However, boards and beading serve slightly different purposes.

WHAT BEADING DOES FOR YOU

Beading is a good-looking way to hide the gaps and rough edges left after a flooring project is finished. They function almost like skirting boards and come in the same sorts of materials – hardwood, MDF, plastic – but they are used when flooring has been put down without removing the skirting boards first.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE BEADING?

If your property already had skirting boards in place which you couldn’t remove, or if there were no skirting boards and the rooms were carpeted, then you’ll need beading. This is because you’ll need to cover up the gaps created by imperfect floor laying. This is unavoidable, sadly, unless you opt for a pourable floor. It’s always best to remove the skirting boards before a new floor is laid, but it’s not always possible and these occasions are when beading comes into its own.

Beading will make everything look neat and even, but there’s no sharp delineation between wall and floor as there is with skirting boards.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE SKIRTING BOARDS?

Skirting boards are used for three main reasons:

  • they protect the bottom four to eight inches of the wall from shoes, paws, wheels, chair legs, vacuum cleaners and so on;
  • they hide the gaps created when solid flooring is laid down, and
  • there are used as decorations in themselves – many older houses feature taller skirting boards which can be very ornate.

Skirting boards also cover up the very necessary expansion gap built into most houses and flats. These gaps allow the walls and floors to move slightly with changes in temperature, otherwise they put stress on each other and this can lead to cracking.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE SKIRTING BOARDS?

If your choice of flooring means you’ll have ragged edges, then you definitely need a skirting board. You’ll also need to use them to replace older ones once they start to show their age. Sometimes some houses don’t have any at all and this isn’t a problem if the floors are carpeted as the pile covers up the unsightly gaps underneath. However, as soon as that old carpet comes up; well, you now know what to do.

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