When the repair of the walls and floor in the dwelling comes to its logical conclusion, it is the turn of the installation of the plinth. For the floor, this procedure is the finishing one, it masks possible defects and closes the existing gaps between the floor and the wall. Previously, skirting boards were made of wood or cement mortar.
Today the situation has improved dramatically - the industry produces light, beautiful, durable and easy-to-use plastic products. The procedure for installing them is quite simple, so much so that anyone can easily carry it out on their own.
What is a plinth? This is a special plank that is fixed at the junction of the wall and floor (or ceiling and wall).
What are they for? They have several functions:
They are made of MDF, wood and plastic. Also on sale are skirting boards made of aluminum.
What are the main types of products? These are products:
Usually made from MDF or natural wood. This is a classic type of skirting board, still found in old buildings.
In our time, this is especially true: in any medium-static apartment, their number is impressive. Thus, their functionality is increased. They can be fixed with glue, self-tapping screws and special connecting profiles.
In this manner, the surface of the floor near the junction with the wall rises, as it were. It is used mainly in public places when carpet or linoleum is preferred as flooring material.
Such designs have confidently replaced wooden products today.
Why are they so popular and relevant? It's not so difficult to explain this: the reason is in their functionality and excellent design.
The plastic skirting board is especially resistant to moisture, aggressive media, deterioration and decay.
Thanks to these qualities, it can be successfully used in any type of premises. Various articles in a wide range of colors are on sale.
Often they represent an imitation of noble types of wood and other natural materials. It is not difficult to choose the most suitable option for any design and color scheme.
Plastic, in comparison with wood, is very durable and has a good service life. Its plasticity and flexibility allow masking small flaws and defects in wall irregularities, finishing floors with different geometric configurations.
The material does not need additional painting, varnishing or other special means.
It can be easily cut to size. Such a skirting board is easy to care for, it can be washed by any means. He is not afraid of either high or low temperatures, does not support combustion, does not fade in bright light.
In addition, it is much cheaper than wooden counterparts.
Having noted the advantages of plastic models and making a choice in their favor, we go shopping.
We have to purchase skirting boards of the same tone and shade, texture and pattern. In order not to be mistaken, it is easier to follow the batch number. Even the color of one model in different batches may differ slightly, as well as the surface texture.
If there are a lot of cables and wires in the room, it is better to choose a model with a special cable channel. This product is quite flexible, which makes it easy to install, but most importantly, it has a spacious niche for a bundle of wires.
It well masks all existing defects and irregularities.
For such floor plinths, special accessories are produced. It includes:
First, you have to calculate exactly how many external and internal corners are required for laying. Profiles near doorways end with plugs, which are on sale right and left (on both sides).
Couplings are used to fasten individual parts of the skirting board: they do not have a specific side.
Plinth installation on the floor
Several different methods are used to secure plastic products.
For this, use:
Installation of the floor plinth without channel is also carried out using self-tapping screws or special mounting strips made of aluminum.
Their distance from the corners should be no more than ten centimeters;
First, the desired piece is measured and cut off, then the strips are connected, and the corner snaps into place;
If, nevertheless, it is planned to cover some wire or cable with a plinth, then it is placed at a slight slope to the wall, slightly moving it.
Installing a plinth with your own hands will not be difficult even for a not too experienced craftsman. There will be no traces of installation on the finished surface, which is undoubtedly a big plus. If required, the installed plinth can be easily removed and moved to another room (or to another place).
If you carry out the work using self-tapping screws, then outwardly the result will not be so aesthetic. The fact is that self-tapping screws are attached over the skirting board, and you can see them. But in practice, it is such a mount that turns out to be more reliable and durable.
The procedure is similar to the one mentioned above:
To improve the aesthetics of finished skirting boards, the caps of the used screws are closed with special round plastic plugs matched to the color of the profile itself.
These types of finishing products are fixed with self-tapping screws or special dowels.
If you pre-coat the fittings with plastic glue, the fastening strength will increase markedly.
Work is carried out in the following order:
When comparing this method with other, it is faster and less dirty:
Installation of plastic skirting boards is not at all as complicated as it might seem. The main thing is to strictly follow all the recommendations, and then you will get a modern, neat and beautiful floor.
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