As a building material there seems to be very little that you can’t use UPVC for; it has long been utilised for fascia boards and soffits and is increasingly finding new and extremely useful applications in a range of different areas of the construction industry. Plastic skirting boards are one area that UPVC has made life easier for builders and for self-builders alike. As with fascia boards, plastic skirting boards can be used as an alternative which is simple to install and easy to maintain when compared with the traditional wood options. Although not subject to quite the weathering effects of external woodwork, they can provide a long lasting effective option to replace traditional woodwork in internal areas.
High Impact, Low Hassle
The benefits for both builders and consumers are similar. Plastic skirting boards combine the hard-wearing qualities of wood with the easy to maintain qualities of UPVC. Plastic skirting boards are a truly low maintenance option for modern properties and they can of course be fitted in older properties. Maintenance boils down to the occasional wipe with a damp cloth to remove marks and scuffs. This is true of wood skirting board but generally, over time, wood skirting will need repainting or re-treating to preserve its good looks.
Skill Levels or Lack of Them
Fitting plastic skirting board is also a far easier prospect. For those employing builders this equates to a saving on time which in turn means a cost saving. For DIY enthusiasts fitting skirting board of the wood variety, a certain level of skill is required. Apart from the cutting required, there is also the slightly more complex mitring at corners to achieve. Plastic skirting boards come complete with corner pieces which save time whether you’re a pro or an amateur and completely remove the need for cutting. Most manufacturers supply push-fit sections of UPVC skirting which, again, are easy and simple to fit, thus saving time and reducing the need for high levels of expertise for the self-builder or DIY enthusiast.
Long and Short Term Time Saving
Preparation is a key aspect to creating wood skirting boards; wood needs to be treated and also may require painting (before or after fitting and certainly after a few years of use). The plastic alternative comes ready to fit with no time needed for preparation or decoration. UPVC materials can be manufactured to most natural finishes and wood-effect UPVC is particularly effective and convincing. There’s no need to sand and treat with plastic skirting boards although some cutting may be required but, again, this is a simple process. Whether it’s a simple white satin effect or a rich oak or rosewood finish, plastic skirting boards come ready to fit with no hassle.
Really Quick Fit
Installation, particularly the simplicity of it, is one of the key advantages to both professional builders and amateurs. Usually requiring little more than adhesive the UPVC alternative is normally fitted in less than half the time of traditional wood skirting boarding with potentially a lot less mess. More expensive than simple wood – or at least at first glance – the simplicity of the product means that few extras are required and a lot less time. When you’re employing builders this offers an obvious cost saving and even for the DIY fitter it’s likely to save plenty of time both when fitting and in the future.
The Future of Skirting Board
As yet, plastic skirting boards are a relatively new concept but are likely to become increasingly popular. Although some people may be concerned about the finished effect, the actual appearance of the skirting is remarkably convincing. In terms of fitting and maintenance the plastic variety has considerably more to offer than the more traditional variety. For a construction or renovation project it is likely to be a material that you will come to love.
About the Author
Sam Mulder is a writer who has a keen interest in home renovation. He believes that plastic skirting boards are a lot easier to fit and maintain than their wooden counterparts, which will undoubtedly save you money on the cost of the fitting and the material.