29 February 2016
Skirting boards and architraves provide protection for your plaster and wallpaper and an opportunity to add a design flourish to your home decor. But it doesn’t take long for them to lose that newly fitted sheen and start looking tired before their time.
Skirting boards - permanently in the firing line at floor level - can quickly pick up chips and scuffs from feet, furniture and the rough and tumble of family life.
Architraves can get their fair share of knocks too, particularly around the doors in busier areas of the house. And in kitchens and bathrooms in particular, heat and moisture can quickly warp and discolour both skirting boards and architrave.
That’s because, traditionally, they’ve always been timber fixtures. And just as wooden window frames need sanding, painting and filling to keep them at their best, so too does wooden skirting and architrave.
The alternative is Eurocell Roomline, our range of durable, easy to fit, low maintenance UPVC mouldings that are designed to look great and last for years, however hard the knocks.
Roomline is available in a choice of traditional timber effect white or three realistic woodgrain finishes. Once in place, it’s practically immune to bumps and scrapes thanks to a hard-wearing lacquer finish on the outside and a robust, multi-chambered internal structure that makes it almost as rigid as solid wood.
Better still, Roomline UPVC skirting will never need painting or touching up like wood. Just an occasional wipe with a damp cloth is enough to bring it back to its brilliant best.
Roomline brings a pristine finishing touch to any room in the house. But its real beauty lies in how much easier it is to install compared with traditional wooden boards.
The easier fix for a harder wearing finish
In fact, even for the non-tradesmen, Roomline can be up to 50% quicker to cut and fit than timber mouldings thanks to a number of ingenuous features that have been incorporated into its design.
The most notable are the pre-fabricated corner pieces that allow perfect external and internal skirting corner joints, every time. If you’ve ever tried mitring skirting boards yourself you’ll know it’s not as easy as it looks! All that measuring, marking and carefully cutting a corner joint for your wooden skirting boards – only to end up with unsightly gaps instead of the neatly butted edges the professionals always seem to achieve - you’ll appreciate the difference they’ll make to the speed and quality of the finished job.
The problem when you’re taking the traditional route is that walls are very seldom perfectly straight and corners very rarely perfect right angles, even in the newest of homes.
When you’re creating an external corner, that means you have to precisely measure the respective angles for each mitred edge before translating them to the correct settings on your power saw or mitring box. Not forgetting, of course, to do your supplementary angle calculations if you’re dealing with an obtuse corner of more than ninety degrees. (But of course, you knew that already…)
When you’re attempting internal corner joints, things get even more fiddly. All we can suggest is that you search online for tips on ‘coping inside corners’ before you decide if your maths, coping saw skills and patience are fully up to the job…
With the Roomline corner joint system, on the other hand, you can swap the mess, stress and colourful language for quick, easy clip together joints that leave no gaps and need no filling, painting or sanding to look their best.
Because the corner joints are supplied separately, the only sawing you need to do is the dead straight kind to cut your skirting to the correct length. There’s no mitring needed, and because it’s UPVC instead wood, you can work indoors without having a house full of sawdust to sweep up afterwards.
You don’t even need any other tools apart from a conventional saw. Roomline UPVC skirting and architrave is fixed directly onto the wall with nothing more than two beads of conventional builder’s adhesive. No drills, no screws, no nails. Simple.
Like many Eurocell products, Roomline is manufactured from 100% recycled post consumer plastic. That means the UPVC used in its construction has been recovered from some of the 500,000 old window and door frames brought our £3m recycling plant in Derbyshire each year – the largest and most technically advanced of its kind in the country.
A more sustainable way to finish off your rooms
UPVC can be recycled up to ten times before there’s any loss of quality and performance, so the fact Roomline is a more environmentally friendly way to finish off your décor in no way impacts on its looks or durability.
If you’re a homeowner keen on reducing your personal impact on the environment, that’s good to know. But if you’re a housing developer with an obligation to meet building regulations for low or zero carbon construction, it can make all the difference between missing and achieving those important sustainability targets.
For that reason, Roomline UPVC skirting and architraving continues to find its way into more and more new build homes as well as refurbishment projects, particularly in areas that are susceptible to flooding or where environment agency figures predict flooding will become increasingly likely in the future.
Sadly, we’re seeing more and more footage of flood hit homes on the news nowadays and while it will never take away the misery of being flooded out, at least the fact Roomline won’t warp or discolour even after prolonged immersion means there’ll be one less job to worry about when the waters subside.
Finally, Roomline makes one more important contribution to lower carbon living in the shape of an integrated rubber gasket that seals any gaps between the floor and the underside of your skirting boards to prevent draughts and reduce the considerable amount of heat that can be lost from the home at floor level.
Durable and long lasting
Roomline skirting and architrave benefits at a glance:
- Hard wearing UPVC
- Quality laminate finish
- Robust interior structure
- White Satin
- English Oak
- Golden Oak
- No painting, sanding or filling
- Wipe clean finish resists scuffs and marking
- Moisture resistant
- No screws or nails - simply glue to the wall
- Premoulded corner pieces for quick, seamless angles.
- No mitring required
- No saws or power tools needed
- Made from 100% recycled UPVC
- Integral rubber gasket reduces draughts and saves energy