Jul 03, 2007 12:51 pm
We're planning on installing a floating timber floor after the house construction is completed. ie the floor won't be installed by the project home builder.
Now in a number of display homes we've seen, the timber floors have this ugly timber edging between the floor and the skirting board. I presume this edging is attached to the skirting board and holds the floating floor in place.
How do we go about having the floating timber floor installed such that we don't need this edging? I suppose what we'd like is for the actual skirting board itself be used to hold the floating floor in place? Is this possible?
Re: Skirting boards and the floating floor2
Jul 03, 2007 12:58 pm
I think its just a matter of asking the builder to leave the skirtings off and putting them on yourself/getting the flooring guys to do it - after the floor is done.
Many builders will not do this however...so check if yours will.
Built Porter Davis "Dromana" 2007.
Re: Skirting boards and the floating floor6
Jul 03, 2007 7:20 pm
[quote="Now in a number of display homes we've seen, the timber floors have this ugly timber edging between the floor and the skirting board. I presume this edging is attached to the skirting board and holds the floating floor in place.quote]
This timber skirting is called Scotia, and is a part of the timber flooring although you have to pay for it separately.
A lot of people opt to remove their NICE timber skirting put the floor down and replace the skirting after the floor is laid.
BUT BE WARNED…. This will raise the skirting slightly higher than the rest throughout the house!!! Dilemma!!!
When I sold flooring, I used to suggest to my customer that they buy the MOST expensive underlay for their carpet, as it is much thinker and will raise the carpet hight also. Otherwise you could have carpet skirting at one level and timber skirting at another. Tacky!
This is ok if the 2 floorings are separated by doors ect…
This is why people opt for the Scotia, as it gives room for movement between the 2 floorings. Great if you are having timber floor throughout,…….no problem.
As far as your kitchen cupboards go, I think you will need the Scotia for them, UNLESS you lay the floor under the cupboards, bit of a waist of money though!
I hope this has answered your questions Cookiemonster, it’s a pain, but once you get it all sorted and do it the right way, it will be worth it!
Re: Skirting boards and the floating floor9
Jul 03, 2007 9:59 pm
You can just take the kick boards out of the kitchen and lay the floating floor just underneath. You'll then need to take the thickness of the floating floor of the kicks before re-fitting.
If you choose to fit skirtings after laying and there is a difference in height, its easiest to scribe or trim the skirtings down slightly to match.
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