It is impossible to imagine a beautiful floor covering at one of the small decorative detail of the plinth. It will be like an expensive suit, which I forgot to sew on buttons. But even a budget suit without buttons, few people dare to wear. Baseboards vary in shape, size, design and material. Traditionally, this profile is made of wood, now on the market of building materials «running the show» plastic products, polyurethane, aluminum, MDF, ceramic, tube. You can find «liquid» the plinth is an innovative solution that changes our understanding of the properties of the usual material.
And yet in the face of such competition wooden plinth remains very popular. It has undergone major changes, and instead of a boring, poorly treated, often simply coiled screw of an equilateral triangle of pine turned into a variety of beautiful items that are a element of the decor. Talk about that «king» (in this case, the plinth of wood) died, have been exaggerated.
In «natural» form, without additional processing, of all our wood species most resistant to moisture larch, pine, spruce, fir and yew. At higher humidity, they do not deform, and do not crack in dry air. An additional advantage of these conifers, – easy processing.
Soft deciduous trees (Linden, walnut, cherry) with high humidity deformed, and oak, elm or maple, which are species with hard wood in a dry air crack. In addition, hard rock is much more difficult to handle and install.
The market also presents profiles of the most valuable exotic wood: IPE, Jatoba, tiger wood, wenge, Lapacho, rosewood, merbau and other.
The optimal solution can be veneered plinth. For its production using solid billet of pine (cheap material with good resistance to water) on which applied a thin layer of veneer valuable breeds of a tree. To protect the veneer, it is covered with a layer of melamine or varnish. This profile looks very nice, a little than differing from products of solid wood of the same breed, but the cost looks much more attractive. Reminiscent of an ornate cloak Musketeers Porthos, which on the run confused D’’artagnan. The difference is that, unlike Gascon, neither you nor your guests will not be able to see «inside out» installed in your living room floor.D’’artagnan, as we know from the novel, got the opportunity.
The plinth carries in the interior the following functions:
- Chief among them is decorative, designed to give the look of flooring finished and beautiful appearance. Properly selected and installed, the profile can act as a decor item.
- Masks the space adjoining vertical surfaces in the room – the walls and floor. Such places fit is not always done perfectly, and flooring from wood and laminate you want to leave a serious gap temperature.
- Gives you the ability to secretly lay communication.
Products of solid precious wood features:
- Long service life.
- High strength.
- The decorative qualities.
These profiles are quite expensive, which affects the cost of their installation. Treatment of floor varnish or oil is made to installation.
The veneer profile is different:
- Relatively low cost.
- Great choice of colors and textures.
- Various installation methods.
- Good performance qualities: strength and durability.
- Environmental friendliness.
- Decorative qualities.
The length of the profile usually is 2.1-3.0 m. This length allows you to move products, and use in the work. The choice of the cross section and the height of the plinth will be determined by the dimensions of the room in which it will be installed. The width profile is usually 40-70 mm, but custom can made the wooden plinth of increased length with a width up to 200 mm.
The choice of profile shape, material, texture and color is determined by the style of the room.
Wooden plinth for floor optimally match the flooring of wood: solid wood, wood floor. This combination is rightly considered a classic. Indeed, dear parquet floor plastic profile will not work.
However, wood, especially from pine or veneered can be set and with other coatings, for example, with laminate flooring or some with carpet.
Pre-need to give the plinth a couple of days to lay in the room for adaptation to moisture and temperature. So you will avoid later unpleasant surprises.
The installation of the wooden plinth for the floor can be done in various ways:
- On hidden mounting clips.
- Screws or nails.
For work it is necessary to prepare the tool:
- A mitre box.
- The tape measure and pencil.
- Fasteners, adhesive, mounting clips, depending on the method of installation.
Wooden plinth for the floor are sold without the installation hardware offered with plastic profiles. So the bar will have to be cut with a hacksaw using mitre box for cutting to the desired angle.
For connecting the slats in the corners they also want to cut at an angle of 45°. This angle desired, provided that the angle between the walls equals 90°. Sometimes, but not always. What in that case to do? There is a very easy way. Alternately to the inner corner of the room along each wall are attached two profiles. Near each profile carefully draws a line on the floor. The intersection of these lines and will give the desired cutting angle. In each profile marks the point of junction with the corner point matching is done on the floor mark. Drinking is done from the top to the bottom. Place the cut treated with sandpaper and the joint between the profiles is filled with a small amount of sealant.
To install wooden skirting boards with glue or liquid nails applied to the back side of the profile and is pressed against the surface of the wall. In this position, the baseboard must hold the time specified in the instructions of the adhesive manufacturer.
If you are gluing the baseboard to the wall with the Wallpaper, the lower edge of the Wallpaper is better to cut – so you get a more secure fit. Remember that laminate skirting of wood glue is not.
To install the screws preferably first, a thin drill to make a through hole in the strap, and then fasten the screws to the dowel. This installation method is used for skirting boards made of solid wood with a height of 70-80 mm. Profile smaller is better krepit nails. Use special finishing nails with a very small head. It then wax mask. Fastening nails and screws – the old, simple and proven way.
Mounting clips set of Euro moldings and veneer profile. At the perimeter of the room to the walls using screws, attach mounting clips, which puts the profile. When fixing clips important to make sure that they were on the same line. Problems arise, there is a wall in the room do not differ smooth surface. In this case it is better to install the baseboard a different way.
With all the variety of plinths from a variety of materials, wooden skirting floor remains one of the most popular and in demand. The correct profile will decorate the room, will become part of the decor, and its installation will not be much difficulty, if you follow the simple tips.