A skirting board is a strip that covers the gap between the wall and the floor. Skirting boards can either match the walls and floors or contrast with them. Therefore, you should pay close attention to its shape, color and material..
It is used for framing laminate and linoleum floors, it is also possible to use it as the final decoration of walls lined with decorative panels based on MDF..
Among the advantages of MDF skirting boards: low price, resistance to moisture penetration and the emergence of persistent pollution, exposure to ultraviolet radiation. MDF skirting boards do not attract dust and are considered hygienic. Their cloudless existence is overshadowed only by fragility, or, as the manufacturers veiledly say, insufficient resistance to surface damage.
The MDF skirting boards are attached to a flat wall with hook-shaped staples, onto which the skirting board is tightly fitted. The end cuts of the skirting board are closed with plastic plugs, and the corner joints are closed with “corners”. Thanks to this fastening, during subsequent repairs, the skirting boards can be removed and then put back in place..
One of the types of skirting boards can be considered mounting boxes, which often stretch along the perimeter of the room. They are channels for laying various types of wires and cables. Their use is rational in the event that it is necessary to lay a large number of wires for different purposes and different sections in the house
Junction boxes are made of PVC and aluminum, differ in a large number of standard sizes and sections, which allows you to lay cables for various purposes and cross-sections in separate channels, thereby increasing the safety of electrical wiring. The shape of the boxes is also different. They can be rectangular and angular for installation in wall corners, under the ceiling or under wall cabinets. And finally, it should be noted that the installation of the plinth is carried out after the completion of the laying of the floor covering. You can replace the skirting board at any time without replacing the existing flooring. Depending on the type of flooring used and the general style solution of the room, choose the material for making the plinth.
From the point of view of care, any skirting board is not very whimsical. During cleaning, the plinth is wiped with a damp cloth. Stubborn dirt is removed using detergents that do not contain abrasives and solvents. When caring for wooden skirting boards, avoid excessive moisture, as well as the ingress of abrasive substances and solvents. Dust is wiped with a dry or slightly damp cloth or removed with a vacuum cleaner.
Materials: MDF, paper, organic dyes, melamine.
Dimensions: length – from 2.6 m; profile width – 16-18 mm; profile height – 59-60 mm.
The base of the skirting board is MDF (MDF – Medium Dispersion Fibreboard, practically the same as chipboard, but only a more environmentally friendly material – epoxy and phenol are not used in its manufacture, everything is pressed by the vacuum method).
From the front side, a finishing layer is glued to the base under pressure and at high temperature – paper impregnated with dyes. And on top of the paper is a melamine coating that protects against the formation of stubborn dirt and moisture penetration. Melamine withstands exposure to ultraviolet radiation, so it does not fade even from direct sunlight on the skirting board. In addition, the coating does not attract dust and is considered hygienic. Finishing colors can be very different – from dull monochromatic to imitating natural materials.
Purpose: framing the floor covered with laminate and linoleum, as well as finishing the walls, faced with decorative panels based on MDF.
Styling features: when cutting MDF skirting board does not crumble or break. On a flat wall or decorative facing with self-tapping screws, brackets are fixed with a pitch of 50-60 cm. They are hooks bent up 10-15 mm wide, on which the plinth is then tightly put on. End cuts are usually covered with plastic plugs, and corner joints – with “corners”. Thanks to this method of fastening, during the subsequent repair of the room, the skirting boards can be removed and then put back in place without prejudice to their appearance..
Plinth strips without a fixing channel are simply glued over the entire area with contact adhesive.
Care: melamine coating can be cleaned using mild detergents. Stubborn stains can be removed with a mild solvent. Never use strong solvents or abrasives.
Summary: MDF skirting boards do not look very good with natural, textile or polymer floor coverings. But they are ideally combined with a wall lined with decorative MDF panels and laminated parquet. It is for these materials that MDF skirting boards are supplied as an additional finish.