The most affordable is the plastic skirting board, which is why it is so popular. This is the best option for those who make budget repairs trying to save money. Plastic skirting board is suitable for floor coverings such as carpet, laminate, linoleum, that is, it is also inexpensive. If you make repairs according to the advertising principle: “Simple, affordable, for yourself”, then a plastic skirting board is what you need.
The advantages include a price from 50 to 150 rubles for a product 2.5 m long, ease of installation, the ability to hide an Internet cable or electrical wiring inside, a rich selection of shades that usually imitate wood.
The main disadvantage of a plastic skirting board: fragility! The child rolled a metal car and caused an “accident” with a plinth? Damage is almost inevitable. All kinds of plugs, connectors, and other inserted parts often fly out even during cleaning the house. Careless movement with a vacuum cleaner or mop can lead to the fact that the plugs along the edges of the baseboard, at best, will disappear, at worst, they will break altogether. However, modern and more expensive options are noticeably stronger..
The second popular option is MDF skirting boards. In this case, the price will start from 180 rubles for a 2.4 m long product and can go up to 600 rubles. However, MDF plinth has a number of advantages:
- mount simply on self-tapping screws or special brackets;
- you can hide the wiring, there are special channels;
- a large selection of colors;
- good imitation of wood. It is often sold in white for painting, that is, it can be painted to match the wall.
However, chips and scratches easily appear on MDF skirting boards, and it is categorically unsuitable for complex perimeters and radius partitions. In addition, many are not satisfied with the options for painting because of the additional stage of repair work..
Even some 20-30 years ago, wood was the only option for decorating a plinth when renovating an ordinary apartment. Pine was most often used, but now the choice is much richer. There are also more budget options made of fine wood veneer.
It is the baseboard made of solid wood or veneer that should be preferred, if you have parquet or board at home, it is also suitable for a high-quality laminate. Radial parts will have to be made to order – this is a minus, because the cost of the product will increase. Otherwise, the solid wood skirting board is durable and can be repaired. From veneer – of course, less reliable, but just as attractive, of different shades, in appearance sometimes it is simply indistinguishable from an array. These two types of skirting boards are most often attached to liquid nails..
The price of a running meter of solid wood plinth starts at 750 rubles, from veneer you can find options for 450 rubles.
Ceramic skirting boards are commonly used in damp rooms and where this type of flooring is on the floor. Long-lasting material, reliable, beautiful. But it is difficult to lay out exactly the plinth from the tiles, and you cannot hide the wiring under it. The price is per piece for one product and can be about 213-1500 rubles, that is, the option cannot be called a budget option.
Polyurethane. Yes, traditionally such a plinth is used only on the ceiling, but it can generally be used on the floor. Moreover, it is possible to hide the wiring in special channels. The shape and size of polyurethane skirting boards can be very different, this material allows you to make very beautiful classic options. Price – from 350 rubles for a bar two meters long. This will be the simplest and lowest option..
The disadvantages of the polyurethane skirting board are the need for painting, and the surface will have to be updated, because the material cannot be compared with wood in terms of durability.
A rock. A plinth made of natural or artificial stone can be confidently called the most solid and durable. Of course, the edge can be recaptured, but you have to try very hard! The stone skirting board looks exceptionally beautiful, you can choose different shades for the flooring. The main disadvantage is that it is very expensive. The price of a block of a plinth made of marble or granite 50 cm long can start from 1800 rubles. Stone skirting is more often used when installing, for example, a granite countertop in the kitchen to hide the joint with the wall. Indoors on the floor – this is an elite option.
The main criterion for choosing a plinth, of course, is most often the price. It is desirable that the finish lasts up to 30 years, so that you do not have to change the baseboard before the floor. However, in principle, the same plastic and most inexpensive option can be easily changed without touching the laminate or linoleum.