Finding The Right Material

Wednesday, 3 May 2017  |  Admin

When buying skirting boards, one of the first things you need to do is to make a decision about what you want them to be made out of. We offer plenty of options here at E & S W Knowles including MDF, Oak, Walnut, Ash, Sapele, Beech, Ash and Pine skirting. We only use the best quality materials so that we can be sure we’re providing a fantastic finished product.

It’s important to think about the style of the room your new skirting boards are going into, for instance, if there is already some oak furniture or fittings present, then it might be a good idea to match things up by having solid oak skirting boards. Oak is a popular choice as it is naturally a beautiful colour, so if you want that genuine wood effect it would look great with a clear lacquer applied to really accentuate the natural shades of the wood.

Hardwoods like oak are resilient by nature and are guaranteed to retain their features for longer as they are more resistant to marks and scuffs. This means that they are often slightly more expensive than softwoods or MDF, though if its durability and a low maintenance product you want, then choosing a hardwood like oak could definitely be worth those few extra pennies in the long run.

Having said that, there are lots of benefits to using other materials like MDF, which in recent years has become one of the most common choices for skirting boards, especially in (but not limited to) new builds. One of the advantages of MDF is that being a man-made product, it can be designed and created without any imperfections. MDF has a hard, smooth surface that is void of the rings and knots that may be present in natural wood. This also means that it is resistant to warping or swelling, making it another low maintenance option that should last a long time.

MDF is easy to paint, which makes it a really good choice if you’re after something that you can finish yourself to match an existing colour scheme. All our MDF skirting is available primed, giving you a good base layer to start painting on.

Some people prefer the natural, unique qualities of wood, whereas others would rather go for the precision of MDF. It’s simply a matter of taste, practicality and matching existing styles. There are no bad choices with E & S W Knowles!

You can learn more about all the timber species we supply on our website. Just go to the Skirting section on the Main Menu and select whichever type of wood you fancy. You’ll be shown our large selection of profiles in that species, with some more information at the foot of the page.