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Hardwood, softwood or MDF moulding skirting boards?

Friday, February 02, 2018

We all walk past skirting boards every single day, yet until you need to purchase some for a house renovation or a new build project you probably haven’t even thought about what they are made of. If you are in a situation where you need to buy some skirting boards, it’s a good idea to think about the type that is best suited to your property: hardwood, softwood or MDF moulding skirting boards?

Hardwood skirting boards 

Hardwood skirting boards

 Hardwood skirting is really tough and will withstand damage caused by knocks or accidents. It’s often more expensive than other types of skirting board because it can be made to order to suit your property and particular requirements – so it looks great but can cost more. Fitting hardwood skirting can be trickier than fitting MDF moulding skirting boards or softwood skirting so if you are doing the fitting yourself, make sure you have the necessary skills before you place an order! It usually involves pre-drilling the timber, screwing into wall plugs and plugging the screw head with real-wood pellets.

Softwood skirting boards

 People choose softwood skirting boards for their flexibility and the range of available styles and heights. Plus it’s easy to sand down and re-use if you don’t like thefinish, making it a more sustainable option because you don’t need to remove it all and start from scratch. Softwood skirting boards are more susceptible to movement however, which can put people off.

Softwood skirting can also be stained or varnished which looks great in period or country properties. It is ideal if you need to match it to an existing skirting board design.

MDF moulding skirting boards

 MDF – or medium density fibreboard – is well-known for being a reliable and affordable material. Many people choose MDF moulding skirting boards for their homes because it’s durable and it does not warp or swell easily. This makes it perfect for use in areas such as kitchen and bathrooms in particular where it might get damp. Hardwood and softwood skirting board can warp and move in damp conditions, making MDF moulding a perfect alternative choice.

MDF moulding is also a man-made material so you could have one single piece of skirting board running the entire length of your room without any joins. Hardwood and softwood skirting boards are sold by the metre, and you will usually need to incorporate joins into the woodwork if you are using these.

Plus, unlike hardwood or softwood skirting, MDF mouldings won’t have knots and splinters, so it’s easier to work with and paint with a smooth coverage. With real wood the knots may even show through the paintwork if not treated properly. In comparison, MDF will give you a consistently smooth surface and a flawless paint finish.

We stock primed MDF moulding skirting boards in a choice of profiles and sizes, and our MDF mouldings also include primed architrave to match. If you’re not sure which type of skirting board is right for your project, why not get in touch with our team? We can talk you through the options and help you to eliminate any guesswork!