Not many people understand the point of having a skirting board, but for classy homeowners, skirting board is a must. If you don’t want your floor to look uneven where it touches the wall, a skirting board can be used to even out the interface between the two parts of your room. A skirting board also helps protect your wall from furniture that may scratch it or from accidental kicks from people passing by.
The proliferation of many styles and materials out there may present confusion on the part of the homeowner. To help them choose the kind of skirting board for their needs, here is a simple guide they can use to distinguish between different types of wooden skirting boards:
Medium density fibreboard (MDF) skirting
Medium density fibreboard (MDF) skirting is made out of wood fibres from excess hardwoods and softwoods which furniture makers and construction projects no longer need. MDF is literally a cross between dense hardwood and elastic softwood timber material, hence its name. Manufacturers use waxes and resins under high temperatures to make the wood fibres stick to each other. After the product has cooled, a strong, durable board is ready to be used.
MDF does not warp or swell easily unlike softwood skirting, while it is lighter to handle compared to hardwood skirting. People who just want to install a skirting board without too much effort and too much money usually opt for MDF skirting.
There are two kinds of MDF skirting boards: ‘pre-primed’ and ‘pre-finished.’ Pre-finished skirting boards are those that are already painted or already have a design on it while pre-primed boards are pastel-coloured so that people can create their own skirting board designs on the surface. If you are among this group of people who wish to have their own design and colour, then it’s a good idea to choose pre-primed MDF skirting boards.
Softwood skirting boards are made out of timber from conifer trees such as pine, cedar, and fir. The wood from these trees are less dense than their hardwood counterparts, hence the name. The reason people choose softwood skirting is because of its natural grain and texture. Since MDF is artificially-made, it does not have the same natural appearance that softwood or hardwood skirting has. Homeowners can bring the fancy look of wood into their homes with softwood minus the hefty price tag that comes with hardwood.
In contrast with softwood, hardwood skirting is made from denser tree species such as birch, elm, mahogany, and oak. If you want durability and elegance at the same time, then hardwood skirting is for you. Hardwoods are resistant to water, bumps, knocks, and scratches. Its natural grain exudes an exotic vibe as well.
Unfortunately, everything comes with a downside. Unlike softwood and MDF, hardwood skirting can’t be bought pre-fabricated. The massiveness of hardwood timber makes it difficult to manufacture hardwood skirting in the factory on a vast scale. A manufacturer of hardwood skirting has to come to your house and take precise measurements to suit your requirements and preferences.
Because of its inherent hardness, alluring texture, and difficulty of installation, hardwood skirting is the most expensive type of skirting material. However, if you want a beauty that lasts, then this kind of skirting is likely your best bet.
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