Why should you seal baseboards

Sealing baseboards after assembly and what to look for

More than important details in the room: the baseboards

You can only see what the skirting boards make for the look of a room when they are no longer there or damaged. Only with the right sealing can they function properly and hide the unsightly expansion joint. In damp rooms such as the bathroom or shower, it is used to ensure that the transitions to the walls are sealed. A permanently elastic seal is particularly important here.

What is important when assembling and sealing the baseboards

The skirting boards or skirting boards are attached in several steps. By working precisely, you get a respectable result and skirting boards that fulfill their function. Here are the main steps of sealing:

  • Thoroughly measure the walls and baseboards
  • the cutting of the skirting boards
  • professional attachment of the skirting boards to the wall
  • if necessary, cut the foil laid with the floor covering
  • seal the gaps to the wall and between individual skirting boards

Select and install the right skirting boards

Today you can also get the right skirting boards for almost all possible floor coverings. You should process these at least as carefully as the floor covering or wall covering. After laying floor tiles, you should leave a joint several millimeters thick with the floor, into which you can later apply a seal in the form of sealant (€ 11.71 at Amazon *). This can be done, for example, with joint putty, a waterproof sealant that is used to seal joints and joints. The sealing compound can be used in many ways, in addition to sealing joints on skirting boards, also for closing gaps on windows, doors or other structural elements.

The right seal provides protection from moisture

Only with a properly carried out sealing will you get adequate protection of the transitions between the floor and the baseboards, and that for a longer period of time. However, this can only work if you use the right sealant. Acrylic sealants are often used, and silicone sealants can also be used if necessary.

Mark Heise

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