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How to fix gaps between your skirting board and a wall or floor

Thursday, October 06, 2016

When fitting skirting board it’s not uncommon to be left with gaps between your skirting and a wall or floor, leaving it with a poor finish. There are a number of ways you can fix gaps between your skirting board and a wall or floor; using silicone sealant or caulk, timber beading, or for bigger gaps, removing the skirting and refitting.

Person holding timber beading

Silicone sealant or caulk

If the gaps between your skirting are less than 5mm, you can use a sealant or decorators’ caulk to help fill them in. Caulk and silicone sealant should be applied with an applicator gun, which makes it easy to apply the right amount of filler to your gap.

Silicone sealant is waterproof and generally harder wearing than caulk so is best used in bathroom or kitchen environments. It stays flexible, which can make it suitable for filling gaps between your skirting and a hard floor where movement is possible. However, unlike caulk, silicone sealant can’t be painted over so you may struggle to achieve the finish that you’re looking for. On the other hand, caulk is often easier to apply than silicone sealant but can be susceptible to cracking over time.

Timber beading

Timber beading, such as scotia or quadrant, is a type of moulding that can sit flush against the skirting and helps to disguise any gaps without using caulk or sealant. Unlike a sealant solution, timber beading can be painted over to blend in with the skirting board. Furthermore, paint on timber beading is a lot less likely to crack when compared to caulking. This makes timber beading ideal for gaps larger than 5mm.

If you’re still having trouble you could always remove the skirting board and start over. If you require timber skirting board, timber beading or caulk then Beaumont Forest can help. We stock a range of different skirting and beading designs, along with decorators’ caulk to help you fill in any gaps.