A Guide To Removing A Skirting Board

A skirting board plays an important role in protecting your walls from damage. There is a risk of scuffs and knocks on your walls. The board also creates a barrier, which prevents the plaster from getting broken and cracked. But, at times, you need to remove the skirting board.

When should you remove the board?

  • You have thought of starting a renovation project and decorating a room

  • You desire a skirting board of a new style

  • The old skirting board does not properly match your room’s themes.

  • The board has become worn out and needs replacement.

 There may be several other reasons for uninstalling the skirting board. But, how will you do it properly? A brief guide will remove your confusion.

Things that are essential for the project are a chisel, pliers, a block of wood, a hammer, a knife, and a screwdriver. You can now check for the steps for skirting board removal.

Preparing the site before starting the removal project

The first step for skirting board removal is to ensure that the tools are at your disposal. You should also detach the cables connected to your skirting board. Clear the site of any obstructions. You may also use a dustsheet to prevent carpets from getting dirty. Cover the floor surface with a piece of fabric. Make sure that you have arranged the safety equipment.

 Remove nails by breaking sealants

Take a knife and apply it along the board’s edges to break the sealant that firmly holds the board. Glues are used for attaching the skirting board to the wall. However, there may be some nails to fit the board to the chosen wall. So, you must try to trace the nails and detach them. Take a claw hammer to detach the nails from the wall.

 Start removing your skirting board

You have to identify the weakest site at the time of removing the board. Place the crowbar’s flat part against the wall. Hold your hammer and knock the crowbar underneath the board. It will be easy to elevate the wall. You will find a gap to fit the crowbar. After the successful installation of the board, you can place the wooden block behind the crowbar. The plaster does not get damaged due to this technique. While separating the board from the wall, you have to be careful.

Remove screws and nails

After the removal of the skirting board, you have to ensure the removal of nails and screws in the walls. You can use a screwdriver for unscrewing it. However, you may pull them out with the pliers.

Check the part- Remove hazards

Loose nails, chipped wood, and dirt may get accumulated. Thus, after finishing the task, you have to clean the site.

 Removal of the skirting boards flooring lamination

Some homeowners have a question- Is it essential to remove the board to place the new flooring. In most cases, removal is not necessary. It can vary with the way how the building was constructed and the type of flooring it has.