When you have chosen your new floor, your next step is to decide what skirting option will best suit your new floor. If you have decided on installing a floating floor such as bamboo, laminate or engineered flooring in your home, then you can decide whether to reinstall your existing skirting boards or install quads. Both options are good for your floor, and help to prevent buckling and bulging should the floor expand over time.
Reinstalling Skirting Boards
This option is not directly offered by most flooring installation companies as it involves extra labour. When reinstalling skirting boards, you chosen flooring installation team should carefully remove your existing skirting boards and store them somewhere safe.
Once they have prepared the subfloor they then start to install the floor itself. They make sure to leave the precise amount of space needed to reinstall your skirting boards over the new floor. They then carefully reinstall the skirting boards that they stored earlier. The result is a very tidy floor with the skirting board perfectly complementing the edge of the new floor. When removing skirting boards, whilst you maymake every effort to be careful, there is a chance that the wall, paint job or skirting boards themselves could be tarnished*. This option is best for those who want to have the tidiest possible floor and want to optimise floor space.
It will normally cost you around $12 per meter to remove and reinstall existing skirting boards.
Installing a Quad
The second option is available, and one that is more frequently used in a floating floor installation, is installing a quad. A quad is a narrow strip of wood that matches the colour of the new floor that is being installed. Quads are also known as Scotia moulding, quad moulding, quad beading and quad trim, but mention any of these names to your flooring installer and they will know what you are asking.
If you choose to have a quad installed with your new floor, our installation team will leave exactly the right amount of space between the new floor and the existing skirting board. Then when your new floor has been successfully installed, they attach the quad, this covers the gap between the floor and the skirting board. Installing a quad is a shorter process than removing and reinstalling the existing skirting board and is a slightly cheaper option. This option is best for those who prefer a gradual match between their floor and skirting board.
It will normally cost you around $5 per meter (including material and labour) to install a quad
The choice you make as to which skirting option to have with your new floor comes down purely to personal preference. Your flooring installation team will be experienced in both options and will carry out the professional job that you expect regardless of your choice. If you would like to discuss these
*It is worth noting that these are possibilities when reinstalling a skirting board and are often not covered in a quoted price.