WHAT are SKIRTING, ARCHITRAVES, AND DECORATIVE MOULDINGS?
Architrave is used for decorative moulding around doors to hide the joint between the wall and lining, and any following shrinkage or movement between the two. Similarly, a skirting board would be used to cover the weaker plaster at the base of the wall, and act as a trim where the walls meet the floors. Decorative mouldings such as period mouldings, dado rails, picture rails, cornices, pelmets, cover moulds, feature mouldings etc are installed to add a visual feature to a room and to give rooms a periodic look.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SKIRTING, ARCHITRAVES, AND DECORATIVE MOULDINGS?
(Skirting) Covering Gaps between bottom of plaster board and flooring
(Architrave) Covering Gaps between plaster board and door lining
Improve the aesthetic look of your rooms
Skirting boards can work as a barrier that prevents your furniture from getting into contact with the walls and ruining the plastering work
WHAT IS THE INSTALLATION PROCESS OF SKIRTING, ARCHITRAVES, AND DECORATIVE MOULDINGS?
Depending on the type of moulding to be fixed and the material of which it will be fixed to, determines the fixing process of Skirtings, architrave and decorative mouldings.
Traditionally cut nails were used to secure timber grounds to masonry walls positioned behind the required location of the moulding enabling finer cut nails to be used to secure the moulding to it, using a nail punch the fixing would be punched below the surface to enable the decorator to fill the fixing hole, sand flush for a seamless finish.
Modern fixing methods are less time consuming and provide several alternative ways of securing mouldings with finishing nail guns and battery powered screw drivers. The range of available fixings with this technology make light work of the physical fixing procedures.
For fixing mouldings that will be polished, waxed or stained when finished, filling a fixing hole would detract from the visual appearance of the work, and so a plug and pellet system would be used to create a better finish. This method of fixing is usually applied to hardwoods.
Fitting the moulds at corners and abutments is important to achieve a clean and gap free appearance, with internal corner joints being scribed so that potential shrinkage of the moulding material is reduced by half, and external corners being mitred so that the mould line turns any corner seamlessly.
These rules will apply to all mouldings regardless of where they are sited.
Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of skirting, architraves, and decorative mouldings. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.
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