Skirting board in room

Skirting boards are extremely common in all types of properties. However, you may not be aware of all the different kinds of skirting boards available.

This guide will show the numerous skirting board types available that you may wish to install in your property.


Walnut Skirting Boards

This type of skirting board is produced from walnut trees. Walnut tree production is highest in China with an estimated 1.7 million tons produced each year.

Walnuts themselves are nutritional valuable, containing much needed protein, fat and minerals.

Oak Skirting Boards

Oak wood is known for its high quality and often produced from domestic woodlands here in the UK.

Oak wood is known for its strength and endurance. Oak is an excellent material to use for skirting boards, giving them a light but dignified look that won’t help but impress.

Oak Veneered Skirting Boards

Veneer oak is a product applied to the surface of a often cheaper source of wood to make the skirting board appear to be made of Oak.

The good thing about veneer is that although it is a lower quality product, it is a cheaper alternative and typically looks as great as a traditional solid oak skirting board.

Pine Skirting Board

Pine wood is commonly used in manufacturing and known for their majestic beauty and the pine cones that get scattered once they have fallen from the trees. Pine trees are common in America. pine wood is softer than most woods. Pine trees are distributed in the northern hemisphere where the climate is suitable for their growth. Pine trees are not just used for manufacturing. The pines can be harvested for food. Pine nuts are used to make pesto and tea can be made from the pines.

Ash Skirting Boards

Skirting boards can also be made from wood from Ash trees. Ash trees can be grown in most parts of the world. Ash wood can be used to make several products and is often used as firewood. In recent years there have been conversation efforts to protect the trees as their numbers have been dwindling in the UK.

Maple Skirting Boards

Maple wood is known for being a high quality hard wood. Maple wood is popular as it appears attractive and can be smoothened to a glass like finish. The product is very strong, taking a lot of muscle to damage the product.

This is good as the skirting board will look attractive for many years. Maple wood is known for being expensive, however there are cheap alternatives like oak wood.

Beech Skirting Boards

Beech Trees are commonly found in the UK. The longest beech hedge in the world is found in Scotland, with it being 30 metres high and 530 metres wide. Beech wood is a popular choice amongst business men in the wood trade.

It is a hard wood but not as expensive as either oak and maple wood. Beech wood is visually attractive, which is why it is often used to make furniture and other products. For maintenance the wood is desirable as it does not easily chip or break and is easy to clean.

Cherry Skirting Boards

Cherry skirting boards are produced from cherry trees. The wood is either red coloured or a reddish brown colour. The wood is of medium strength and has a smooth texture.

Sapele Skirting Boards

This type of skirting board is made from Sapele trees which are found in Africa. Sapele woods have a high commercial factor and is similar to mahogany. Sapele is a fine textured wood with a crinkly grain look with much colour variation. Sapele wood is a hardwood and is known for its quality.

Skirting Board Heaters

Skirting board heaters look similar to your regular skirting boards however they have a different purpose. They are designed to be an alternative to traditional central heating systems. They are manufactured to blend into the room. As an example sometimes the surface of a skirting board heater looks like oak or is white to match the white walls. Skirting board heaters are visually attractive and not an eye-sore like traditional heating systems. Unlike traditional skirting boards, a skirting board heater is made of metal, usually aluminium alloy that transmits heat five times better than steel.

Plastic Skirting Boards

Plastic skirting boards is an alternative to traditional skirting that is usually made from wood. Plastic skirting is much cheaper and can is easy to clean and maintain. The downfall is that the plastic skirting does not look as good as traditional wooden skirting nor does it have the benefits of heat your house unlike skirting board heating.

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