How To Fix Skirting Boards
Whether you’re replacing existing boards or giving your interior that final touch with the addition of skirting boards, we’ve created a step by step guide to help you fix your skirting boards to the wall. Orac’s skirting boards come in a variety of sizes and styles, catering to all homes including traditional Victorian terrace homes to more modern houses and apartments. All of our Orac skirting boards are shockproof, impact resistant and primed ready for that final coat of paint. Our Orac skirting boards are made from lightweight duropolymer materials, meaning that all you need to attach the skirting to the wall is adhesive.
For a long-lasting and high-quality result, we recommend following our step-by-step instructions below.
Cutting & Fixing Skirting Boards
Before you start fixing your skirting to the walls, you need to measure and then cut your skirting to ensure it fits perfectly against your wall and interior space. Don’t forget to calculate the angle of your wall corners as you’ll need to create internal and external corner joints as well. Internal corners face inwards, and external corners outwards.
In order to create your corner joints, use your protractor, measure the angle and if for example, the skirting corner angle is 90 degrees, cut 2 45 degree angles.
Trade Secret: To ensure your measurements are correct, use a protractor, ruler, and pencil to mark your angles and mitre box to cut.
Cutting: Step By Step Guide
- Take your measuring tape to the wall, measure the exact length required for your skirting board. Make a few marks on the back of your skirting with a pen or pencil to help guide your cuts.
- Next, hold your skirting against the wall to determine the direction of the cut. At the top of the skirting, lightly mark the direction in which the angle cut should be made.
- Set up the mitre box using your measurements for required angle size.
- Place your skirting board upright into the mitre box, ensuring the front of the skirting is facing you. Secure the skirting into the mitre box to eradicate all movements during sawing to ensure you get that clean and smooth finish.
- Use your saw to cut through the skirting board at the required angle.
- Repeat the steps again for your second board in order to complete the corners.
Once you’ve cut both corners, hold the two boards together to ensure they fit together perfectly before fixing permanently to the wall.
Trade Secret: If you’re cutting long length skirting boards, make sure you support the ends of the skirting board to ensure the board is level when cutting.
Fixing To The Wall With Adhesive: Step By Step Guide
With Orac skirting boards, the best application and finish will come from using adhesives. We’d recommend using Decofix® adhesives for high quality results. To purchase our recommended adhesives and find out more about the products, click here.
- Apply the adhesive onto the back of the skirting board at the top and bottom as these areas will touch the wall firmly. Please ensure you apply the adhesive evenly along the entire length of the skirting to ensure a long-lasting application.
- Simply press and fix the skirting board against the wall. Please work your way along the skirting board to ensure all areas are firmly pressed against the wall.
- Please be warned that following your wall application, you may experience adhesive spillover from the corner joints or over the top of the board. Don’t be alarmed, just use a damp cloth to remove the excess glue.
Top tip: Keep an eye on the skirting following application as you may have to repeat the step above a few times.
Fixing your skirting board can be as easy as the steps above. Give your interior that finishing touch and look with the installation of a beautiful Orac skirting board.