Skirting is a board running along the foot of an internal wall. Our skirting is made from high density polystyrene also known as HDPS by a process known as extrusion. For the duration of the extrusion process a mixture of polystyrene pellets, additives and a foam agent are melted to a liquid state and pushed through a profile dye and calibrator at high pressure. The formed extrusion is run through a cooling trough causing the heated HDPS to harden into a highly smooth impact resistant profile with a smooth surface onto which decorative finishes can be applied without any blemishes.
The profiles are finished with a hard wearing machine printed decor layer that does not have any colour variation from batch to batch.
Purpose: Skirting hides the gaps between the wall and floor, to shield the walls from scratches and scuffs, skirting hides horrid wiring and provides a decorative element to any room. The prime purpose is typically to protect the walls from accidental knocks as well as wear-and-tear from furniture and soiling the scuff from mops and hovers.
Profile one: 75mmx2.7m
Profile two: 100mmx2.7m
Profile three: 150mmx2.7m
Profile four: 120mmx2.7m
Installation consist of two simple steps which are cutting and fitting, with cutting divided into two options namely using circular saws or hand-held saws.
1.1 Circular Saws – Usually a slow pass of the blade ensures the perfect cut but with HDPS the total opposite method should be used, as a slow blade pass will cause heat build up. A fast pass will result in a clean cut.
1.2 Hand Held Saws – A fine toothed blade will give perfect results. The cut should be made using slow even strokes to avoid heat build-up.
The best option is to mount with adhesive for a more professional finish. Silicone is a sealant and not an adhesive and should not be used as such. A construction adhesive packaged in a caulking tube is the easiest to apply correctly. The glue should be applied in 4-6mm beads to the skirting to accommodate unevenness in the wall surface. The profile has a glue trap at the top so adhesive bleed out will be prevented.
There are numerous advantages to using high density polystyrene as a skirting.
Our skirting products are environmentally friendly (green)
It is cost effective with minimal labour required to install
It is factory finished and ready to install, making for an easy and fool-proof installation
No maintenance is required after installation
No colour variation between production batches
The skirting does not absorb moisture therefore will not shrink or rot
Totally insect proof
High flexibility and can be applied to curved surfaces once again making for easy installation
Skirtings are normally used throughout the home just to add the seamless finish of elegance. We stock a wide variety of colours and profiles which does just that. The skirtings which we keep are manufactured from compressed polystyrene which in turn makes it water resistant and termite proof, they come in all sorts of wood grains and colours to compliment that of your tiles.