Installing skirting boards completed the installation of the floor covering. It isdelayedreply a decorative profile, which closes the expansion joint (necessary when laying laminate flooring), hides the irregularities of the junction of the floor to the walls, allows you to hide the wires and gives the floor a finished look. Experts advise to pay attention to polyurethane products – its characteristics, forms, and colors, ease of installation, cost, they are the optimal solution.
Today we can confidently assert that the polyurethane products have become a one-stop solution for repairs with a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Before the usual skirting of wood is losing ground – plastic (polyurethane) is much easier to mount, the mounting method can be selected based on the nature of the walls in the room, it is more affordable, and in appearance it is virtually indistinguishable from wood.
Available in two main types of polyurethane floor: flexible with a groove for laying wiring and whole.
The first consists of two parts, the main of which has a channel for the wires. This channel is closed with a decorative strap, it is easy to remove and gives access to the wiring.
The second (hard) has on an inner side which is adjacent to the wall of the grooves for the wires.
The choice is dictated by the style of the interior. In addition to colors and shapes one-piece skirting Board made of extruded polystyrene will have a smooth surface and dense structure, a variant of the injection molding of polystyrene is less dense, has a granular structure and a strong volume figure.
Features of the polyurethane are determined by the constituent polymers, which determines its mechanical properties. Polyurethanes can vary in density and elasticity, all products from this material features:
- Light weight.
- Easy installation.
- The resistance to mechanical damage.
- Resistance to temperature changes and UV radiation.
- The possibility of use in all rooms of the apartment.
- The possibility of painting in any color (for one-piece moldings that you can paint yourself, or buy already painted).
- The ease of care. The dust on these products is collected, for they can be maintained with cleaning products. Flexible plastic moldings simply wipe with a damp cloth.
For the price of polyurethane products more expensive than similar foam, but this is justified by their performance properties and greater durability.
Special density and strength are different products dyuropolimera, which is produced at high pressure from expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam). Products dyuropolimera not afraid of any mechanical damage, while available and flexible duropolymer plinth.
Skirting boards made of PVC have a length of 2.0-2.5 meters with a width of 20-25 mm and a height of 50-60 mm from standard products up to 100 mm wide. When you use a wide ceiling products from polyurethane narrow skirting boards will look ugly.
There are three methods of installation of polyurethane products. The choice of a particular method depends on the type of product and characteristics of the wall surface.
Outdoor polyurethane moldings you can choose the color of flooring or to opt for the product with a tint between the color of the walls and floor. One-piece plinth you can buy white and dye in any desired.
For convenient wiring and TV cables, use the product with the special grooves on the inner side or with the cable channel in the main part of the flexible skirting.
Make sure you accurately determine and estimate all the elements necessary for the installation of flexible floor: inner and outer corners, left and right end caps, connection elements for the two straps. They are sold separately and it is better to take them with a small margin to spare yourself from an extra trip to the store.
For installation you will need:
- A mitre box for cutting products.
- Glue or dowels with screws.
Start the installation from a better angle. Prior training is not required. Pomeryayutsya the angles of convergences in the room, and using the miter box cut the strap to the desired angle.
For gluing polyurethane products it is better to use the adhesive plaster of the same manufacturer, however, this is the perfect option, and you can just use quality glue. Manufacturers usually put it in special cartridges, such as silicone.
Gun glue is applied to the inner surface of the product several continuous strips (enough for two or three). The glue lines should be of such thickness to fill the space between the baseboard and the wall. Glue joints filled with two straps products, as well as the gusset, but with only one hand.
After applying the adhesive give him a little dry, after that the product should be pressed tight to the wall and hold it for some time (time depends on the properties of the adhesive specified on the label). The excess adhesive that will perform when pressing the baseboard to the wall, are removed with a damp sponge. If it is clear that insufficient glue was applied, you should add until it starts to come out. The advantage of glue-putty is that it does not shrink. It differs from the acrylic adhesive.
Some artists additionally attached outdoor polyurethane skirting to the wall using furniture nails without a hat. Perhaps mount the product to the wall using dowels and screws. The attachment then decorated with sealant and remain completely invisible.If required, seams and corners after installation process again with glue or silicone sealant.
Installation of this product is possible in two ways. The first involves pre-installation of the hidden fasteners, which is used as clips or clasps. Then a polyurethane product is put on them «until you hear a click». So to make installation possible on smooth walls. Any curvature of the walls of the installation process would seriously impede.
More simple and popular method – installation using dowels and screws. Mark the strap and cut it down to size. In the corners the product is cut flush and inserted in the internal or external plastic angle. With a pitch of about 300 mm in skirting a thin drill drilled through holes, then in the wall of a conventional drill 6 mm holes are drilled for the dowels. Easier for such an installation to use a flexible polyurethane moldings, consisting of two parts. The decorative plate is removed, and the holes are drilled in the cable channel. Then the decorative plate is installed in its place closing the cable channel with the wiring and the attachment of the appliance to the wall. When using one-piece flexible skirting screws shall be closed with plugs in the plinth color.
Some experts for greater reliability additionally glued fasteners: side stubs and corners. However, with relatively smooth walls and quality installation without such otkleivanie you can do.
Flexible polyurethane moldings are indispensable in rooms with Bay Windows and columns. And the curvature of the walls it «indifferent». Another preimushestvenno that when carrying out the following repair and replacement of Wallpaper it is not necessary to dismantle. The upper flexible edge trims gives the opportunity to make him a new Wallpaper.
So not the most important repair item can nicely complete your floor covering and in addition perform many more important functions. It is only important to correctly choose the texture, shape and color outdoor polyurethane moldings and install it by following the simple rules.