Your guide to skirting boards or baseboards in your home.


Skirting Boards

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Skirting Boards ( more commonly known as baseboards in the USA) are a stylish and functional addition to the construction of your home. The purpose of a skirting board is to provide cover for the junction of the wall to the floor and floor to wall. Baseboards offer protection to the walls from furniture and foot impact.
From a design perspective, skirting boards provide a contrasting feature or break between the floor covering and wall colour.
Functionally they cover expansion gaps required with some floor coverings including floating timber floors and laminate flooring etc.

Over the Years, the design of buildings has evolved and so the size and style of skirting boards have changed. Around the world, cultural issues influence the styling as well. Traditionally the boards were quite large and ornate, while modern skirting boards are often smooth and streamlined.

Skirting Boards were traditionally made from timber, routed with an attcative pattern influenced by the fashion of the day. Today, designers and homeowners have a vast range of skirting board styles and size choices, limited only by imagination (and of curse construction cost).
Skirtings for buildings are typically manufactured from timber, MDF(medium density fibreboard), PVC, rubber, aluminium, Ceramic(tiles) or a range of other materials as suggested by architects and designers.

A suitably equipped joinery workshop can usually shape special timber skirting profiles to customer requirements. Many standard styles are mass produced and available at hardware stores or building supply stores such as Home Depot, Bunnings, Mitre 10 etc.

For a growing list of styles click here: Skirting Board styles