How To Successfully Install A Skirting Board

Skirting is the process of adding wood siding to a building to give it a private interior feel. Skirting boards are the hangers that hold the siding in place. You install skirting boards by installing and then fastening it using grout tape or screws as needed. However, you don’t have to spend hours and hours fiddling with screws and bolts every time you want to add more than one panel of skirting. All you have to do is follow these steps carefully and success will hit you like a bombshell.

Plan Your Installation

Having a “Who’s In” and “Who’s Out” list will help you determine where to start your construction. Your “Who’s In” list includes your contractors and anyone else associated with your home. Your “Who’s Out” list includes everyone who will be involved with your home’s construction.

Measure And Cut The Right Size Wall


Before you start thinking about the “right” size wall, you need to get your measurement in. You’ll need to cut a cardboard or fabric survey of your wall in dimensions to use as your template for your wall. This is an essential first step to getting your measurements just right. Once you have a rough copy of your wall, you can begin the process of measuring, cutting, and laying out your panels.

Install The Skirting Boards


After you have your dimensions and materials set, you can begin the construction of the skirting board. Before you start working on the construction of your skirting boards, you need to decide how you will use it. You can use it as a backsplash or add it to the center of your kitchen table.

Adjust The Taping


After you have your measuring and cut guides, it’s time to start the process of adjusting the taping. You will need to measure the distance between the edge of the siding and the edge of the board. Then, you will need to cut the board to your desired length. If you are working with a custom panel, you can engineer the fit of the board to your wall. However, most homeowners want to go with the most conventional skirting method. If you are working with a standard, untreated board, you can probably stretch it a bit and glue the end pieces or fasteners in place. A little extra effort will go a long way in enhancing the charm and character of your new home.

Keep An Eye Out For Routine Maintenance


Most contractors will provide you with a set of “checklists” once you start working on your skirting boards. These checklists will help you identify any problems with your construction, such as too much glue, no-cardboard construction, or bad or uneven installing. These will also help you identify any short- or long-term issues with your home, such as mold growth or water damage.

Whether you are looking to add a new feature to your home or expand the functionality of an existing one, you need to think about the “how” and “when” of construction. The “how” can vary from homeowner to homeowner depending on a number of factors, such as availability of space, costs of construction, and if the desired feature is desired for the entire house. The “when” is when construction begins, as it is the point at which you have to start the project and have it under way.

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