Skirtings have been around for hundreds of years and while some people may not altogether understand what skirtings are used for, they have specific purposes. Even the most decorative skirtings serve a purpose.

Skirtings are important, they create a barrier between the wall and the floor. In many homes, they tend to look as if they are simply a decorative feature. However, the skirting of a home can serve both as decor as well as a protective barrier.

Here’s a list of the tools you will need when you are fitting your skirting with glue:

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Silicone gun
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil or pen to mark
  • Mitre box or mitre saw

Here’s a list of the material you will need when fixing the skirting:

  • Your chosen skirting board
  • Adhesive. The best adhesives are the ones that have an instant grab. This is to help with the setting.
  • Wood Filler
  • Traditionally, skirting was fixed using nails. Now while many might assume that that is the most steadfast way to fix your skirting flush against the wall there is another way.

What are skirting boards used for?

  • Protecting the wall
  • Creating a cover between the connection of the wall and the floor
  • Sometimes floor coverings can have gaps, and the skirting boards can be used to cover this gap
  • Decor
  • What materials are skirting boards usually made from?
  • Decor
  • Wood
  • MDF
  • Rubber
  • Aluminium
  • Tiles
  • PVC

If you are looking for skirting boards for your home you will be able to find a variety of different styles and materials.

In the more modern designs, homes tend to have minimalistic skirtings. In other more period homes, the skirting will be more of a decor or a statement piece. These types of skirting boards often have beautiful designs that are intricate and decorative.

You can also get skirting boards that can be removed or heated up. The handy thing about removable boards is that they can be used to cover up cables.

Whether you are just doing a home improvement project or building up your new home from scratch you will find something for your taste.

In this guide, we will see how to fit skirting boards without nails.

Skirting boards during renovations

If you are busy renovating your home then you will most likely have existing skirting boards. Before you lay your new floor, whether it is vinyl or hardwood, then you will most probably have to remove the existing skirting boards.

If you are renovating an older house, then be careful when you remove the existing skirting.

Some tips for fitting skirting:

Different situations, like new builds or renovations, will require different approaches.

Tip for those that do not want to remove their skirting when laying a new floor during a renovation:

When you decide to lay new flooring in an old home and leave in the existing skirting then you need to use a beading accessory for the join between the floor and the wall.

Always leave a gap between the wall and floor because the wood needs to expand and contract.

Fitting Skirting in a new building:

This naturally allows you to have greater flexibility. When you are installing skirting or flooring in a new home then you won’t have to be too concerned about whether or not you will have to remove the old skirting. You can simply choose the type of skirting you prefer and install it once your new flooring is installed. when you are choosing these two features in your home, you can easily match them together and avoid issues in the future.

Always, whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one, take specific caution to leave a gap to allow for the contraction and expansion of the material.

Now that we have all the details out the way, let’s get down fitting the skirting. We’ve put together a guide for you to help you out. Renovation and building can be an overwhelming project, and many people want to save money where they can. So why not do a few installations yourself? You can not only save money by avoiding contractors, but you can rest in your new home with the satisfaction that DIY gives you. The most important thing? Follow the instructions and take great care. Do not take any shortcuts and pay attention to the details. The following step by step guide will help you:

Step 1: Preparation

When you are using wooden skirting, treat it with wood preserve. If you want to fix your skirting to a mason wall then it is best to use screws. However, it is not essential. You can use a good adhesive as well. If you are fixing skirting to a stud wall then the best thing is to use oval wire nails.

If you are fixing new skirting to where there was existing skirting, simply use chalk to mark where the old fixing points were. 

In order to fix it on with glue, then it is essential that you use an excellent wood adhesive. In fact, on walls that have damp proofing, it is essential that you only use adhesive and no nails or screws.

When you are removing the existing, older skirting, you need to be careful of a few things in order to preserve the plaster:

  • using a bolster chisel and a hammer, gently tap between the existing skirting and the wall.
  • lever it so that there is enough space to insert a crowbar. Make sure that you insert a thin piece of wood between the crowbar and the wall. This helps you not to cause any damage to the wall.
  • Gently and slowly pry the existing skirting away.

Step 2

  • When you are starting the skirting installation, always begin with the longest wall.
  • Measure the wall.
  • Measure the skirting to the same length. Mark the length so that you know how to cut it.
  • Cut the skirting to size using the mitre tool.

Step 3

  • Spread the adhesive along the back of the skirting board.
  • Make sure that you have spread the adhesive in equal amounts across the whole surface.
  • Press the skirting, applying pressure, into place.
  • It is important to keep it in position for some time to allow it to dry correctly.
  • Use props to help you keep it in position until the glue has been fixed.
  • Wipe off any excess adhesive immediately.

Once you have finished sticking the skirting to the wall, here are a few tips to make sure the job is done properly:

  • Use solvent free gripfill. Run some of the gripfill between the wall and the top of the skirting.
  • Use your finger to run along the top, getting rid of any excess adhesive.

Make sure that you use a decent adhesive. It is important that you use a good adhesive so that your skirting stays fixed. You can find some of the best adhesives right here.

If you have any questions about DIY, flooring or attaching your skirting boards then browse our blog for a range of different articles detailing how to choose the right materials and how to upgrade your home in the best (and most affordable) way possible.