Timber Skirting is a relatively thin plank of wood and is used as a termination for timber floors when they meet the walls. Do the installation of the floor right, and there should be a small expansion gap between the floor and wall. Use Skirting to cover the unsightly gap.
Timber Skirting comes in 2 common profiles, Bullnose and Pencil rounded. They come in varying thickness from 10mm-20mm and varying heights from 60-mm-100mm.
There are mainly 2 kinds of skirting in Singapore. Commonly, we install Medium-Density-Fibreboard (MDF) skirting over vinyl or laminate flooring. The question : Wood or MDF?
Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood and made up of separated fibres. You can use as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much denser than particle board.
“Medium Density Fiberboard, Moulding, Embossing, Kitchen Cabinets – Composite Panel Association”. Decorativesurfaces.org. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
Wood skirting comes in longer lengths (provided they can fit into your HDB or Condo’s lift) It usually comes raw and has to be stained, painted or varnished.
We install wood skirting over timber flooring are usually of the same species i.e Teak fooring =Teak skirting.
MDF skirting is very common these days as they come prefinished with a cosmetic man-made layer that is consistent in color and grains. The disadvantage of MDF skirting is that they are harder to install, comes in shorter lengths (more visible joints) and suffers from water damage.