Skirtingboards and architraves

Skirting boards and architraves

Skirting boards and architraves
Skirting boards and architraves can be made from many different timber types and require different fixing techniques.

Softwood skirting boards
Which are to be painted can be nailed or screwed into position cutting mitres to any joints mid length and scribing in, at corners. Using screws and plugs is more time consuming but may result in a better finish over time as the plug should move with differences in humidity and heat better than fillers.

Softwood architraves
Can be pinned and filled or pinned and wax filled if they are to be stained.

Hardwood skirting boards
Require the use of screws and plugs made from the back face of the same timber to try to copy the same colour timber as the front so that the plug is harder to see.

Hardwood architraves
Can be pinned using and filled with coloured waxes.

Prefinished (painted) skirting boards
Are a popular option which use grab adhesive to hold them in place. As the material is usually MDF there will be no stresses that could change the shape of the component over time by drying distortion occurring in timber. If a pin is needed to hold a difficult join a white wax can be purchased matching the colour of the wrapped foil.

Some skirting boards are removed so that a new floor layer can be installed so not using an additional bead (usually a quadrant) pinned to the skirting.