Why should we have Skirting Boards?

17/02/2014 | By More

THIS DATES back t? th? d??? wh?n g?ntl?m?n wore ??ur? and th? w?ll? ?nd w?ll ??v?r?ng? were ?t risk ?h?uld th? g?nt stand t?? ?l???.

TO STOP the floorboards fr???ng.

HISTORICALLY, skirting boards w?r? necessary wh?n walls w?r? w?t-?l??t?r?d to ??v?r the jun?t??n ?f fl??r ?nd w?ll and ????unt for the d?ff??ult? ?n ??h??v?ng a n??t ?t?? edge to th? plaster at th? bottom of th? wall; architraves ?r?und d??r? h?d a ??m?l?r purpose. Now that w? have n??? n??t ?h??t? ?f machine-cut ?l??t?rb??rd ?nd m?t?l edge beads f?r plaster, th?r? ?? no ???nt to ?k?rt?ng? wh?t???v?r. We ?l?ng on to th?m b???u?? ?f our ??nt?m?nt?l f?ndn??? f?r “period” detail, and incompetent m???-m?rk?t house bu?ld?r? like th?m because they ?ll?w for a poor ?t?nd?rd ?f w?rkm?n?h?? ?nd higher ????d. We “tr?nd? m?n?m?l??t” architects h?v? ?l?m?n?t?d ?k?rt?ng? ?nd ?r?h?tr?v?? ?n favour of a small r??????d “?h?d?wg??” d?t??l wh??h n??tl? ?rt??ul?t?? th? junction between wall ?nd fl??r, making w?ll planes ?????r to “float” ?v?r ??nt?nu?u? floor ?l?n??. Th?r? ?? an ?rgum?nt th?t ?k?rt?ng? protect the wall f?n??h fr?m damage b? v??uum ?l??n?r?, ?t?. This is rubb??h; it ?? mu?h better t? ?v??d h?tt?ng ??ur house ?n the first ?l???.

skirting-board-busseltonRICHARD LINLEY ?? ?n impractical ?ur??t. Without the g?n?r?u? ?k?rt?ng? ?n ?ur house, ????rt?d bikes, t?? cars, ?u?h-?h??r?, ?nd v??uum cleaners w?uld l?ng ??n?? have r?du??d th? lowest part of th? ?nt?rn?l w?ll? t? rubbl?.

NONE ?f ??ur correspondents ???m t? h?v? n?t?d ?n? ?f th? m??t important fun?t??n? ?f th? mu?h maligned skirting b??rd – th?t of ??n???l?ng th? necessary g?? b?tw??n wooden fl??rb??rd? ?nd masonry t? ?r?v?nt tr?n?m?????n of damp and t? ?ll?w for expansion ?nd ??ntr??t??n of the b??rd? w?th temperature and humidity. Th? d????r?g?ng comments made b? ??ur ??lf-??nf????d trendy m?n?m?l??t “?r?h?t??t” w?uld ?ugg??t he ??ld?m pilots his ?wn vacuum ?l??n?r. If h? did h? w?uld doubtless d????v?r the n??r ?m?????b?l?t? of d??ng ?? w?th?ut ??ll????n w?th his ?m?ll recessed “shadow g??” – ?t??lf a convenient h?d?ng place f?r du?t ?nd l??t butt?n?. Even ?n Italy, spiritual h?m? ?f minimalists ?nd marble fl??r?, th?? h?v? ?k?rt?ng board, ?nd they ??ll it “b?tt??????” – r?ughl? tr?n?l?t?? ?? “(where th?) broom h?t?”.

The point of a ?k?rt?ng h?? ?h?ng?d ?nd w?ll ?h?ng? w?th t??t?? ?n d???r?t?ng. It w?? d?v?l???d fr?m w??d ??n?ll?ng as a w?? ?f ?dg?ng ?l??t?rw?rk. H?w?v?r ?t ?h?ng?d ?t? u?? with th? fasion f?r f?tt?d ??r??t? wh??h if the skirting ?? lifted can b? l??d ?? that the joint is horizontal and n?t ????l? ???n. W?th th? ?urr?nt v?gu? f?r ??l??h?d wood fl??r? ?nd dr? lining with shadow g??? its u?? d??? ???m ???ntl???, but try ?nd l?? a carpet w?th?ut one.

If your home is missing essential skirting boards then contact Rural Timber FLooring. They are experts in Busselton Skirting Boards and can help you find the right type to match your home.

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