Why Do We Have Skirting Boards?

27 September 2016, 16:45

Skirting Board

Mystery Hour Question

Why do we have skirting boards?

Cory, Sheffield

Answer

Name: James O'Brien

Answer: For cosmetic reasons. It's very difficult to plaster down to the floor because floorboards are prone to warp. The skirting board covers up the unsightly break between the floor and the wall. It also works as a seal to prevent mice coming in.

Name: Sarah, Chislehurst

Qualification: Informed by damp proofing inspector when she was 4

Answer: It's a construction rule. You are not allowed to plaster down to the floor due to potential damp.

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