What is a skirting board?
Skirting boards are wooden planks or PVC panels that generally serve the purpose of fixing gaps between the wall and the floor. They also protect the walls from scratches and scuffs, to hide unsightly wiring or simply provide a decorative element to the room. These panels are usually nailed, glued or screwed onto the walls.
Uninstalling a skirting board.
If you’ve been in your house or office for awhile the time will come for a revamp or renovation. Although it’s not the first thing you’ll think of, you’ll need to replace the existing skirting boards during this time as they may have become old and worn, and may not fit with the fresh new look of the space. Obviously the most cost effective way to do this is on your own. Uninstalling skirting boards is an easy task and makes a great “Do It Yourself”. It generally takes around 2 hours to uninstall the panels but it is relative to the size of the room.
Tools required for uninstalling a skirting board.
- Retractable safety knife
- Wrecking bar
- Steel claw hammer
If you plan on reinstalling new skirting boards on your own, a finish nail gun and a nail set will also come in handy and make your work much easier.
Here are 3 easy steps to follow for uninstalling a skirting board:
Step 1 – Divide the skirting and the wall:
Start by dividing the skirting board from the wall. To do this, you will need to run the retracting safety knife along the top of the skirting board in order to divide the skirting and the wall. This will help separate the paint from the skirting board while keeping the paintwork intact as you will be less likely to chip any paint off the wall.
Step 2 – Open up the space:
Secondly, you will need to start from one side of the wall, and fit the chisel into the small space between the skirting board and the wall. Then you will need to hit the chisel with a hammer to open up the gap. You will need to continue with this technique from one side to the other until the skirting board is adequately loosened.
Step 3 – Uninstall skirting:
Lastly, once the skirting board has loosened, put the wrecking bar into the skirting to pull up the skirting board off of the wall. This shouldn’t require too much force, as the skirting board should be loosened up enough by the previous two steps.
You can consider the alternative of getting a rebate.
If you are not too comfortable with the idea of having to uninstall skirting board, there is always have the option of installing a rebate on the back of the skirting board that will leave space for your existing skirting board. Skirting UK can assist with this, so you can install the new skirting board directly on top of it.
It’s important to note that not all skirting boards will fit our machinery. Call Skirting UK now on 0121 289 4940 to confirm whether rebate skirting is an option for your home or office.