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Comparing Thicknesses

Comparing Thicknesses

Posted by Lee Watkinson on 24th Sep 2018

Comparing Thicknesses

Skirting boards and architraves are now seen as an easy way to make a house look better on the inside. With people now getting more choices and opportunities to change up their homes, it's more important than ever to make sure your house gets the grand treatment it truly deserves.

Thanks to more profile designs, cheaper but stronger materials & more colour options and finishes on the market, this is a good time to mention another aspect of skirting and architraves that never seem to get mentioned; The thickness option.

Deciding on the thickness of both your skirting and architraves will impact the look of your house in ways you probably never thought of.

In today’s blog post, we will be explaining this and giving you some examples of why certain thicknesses might be better for you than others.

What Is The Thickness Option?

The thickness option dictates how thick you want either a skirting board or architrave to be. The average thickness options in the UK are 15mm, 18mm & 25mm.

If you are looking to replace either existing skirting or architrave in your home and you want it to match, you're best off getting the thickness it came in to avoid making either protrude outwards and ruining the look.

However, if you are freshly installing both new skirting and architraves, this will all depend on what kind of look you are going for. To help you, here’s a breakdown of each of the thicknesses and why you may consider each.

15mm Thickness

Our 330 Design On A 15mm Thickness Skirting Board

15mm is the smallest thickness size we offer. 15mm is handy as not only is it the cheapest of the thicknesses, but it's also still quite a strong board despite looking quite thin.

15mm boards are useful for smaller homes which do not have a lot of space to work with yet will still look great with most designs offered by us.

However, certain designs such as the Florence or London profiles cannot fit onto a 15mm board as their designs either wouldn’t fit on the board or the profile would be brittle and unattractive to the eye.

Otherwise, for small homes or for a house which needs more floor space, 15mm thick is the ideal choice for homeowners who need this requirement.

18mm Thickness

Our 330 Design On An 18mm Thickness Skirting Board

18mm is the standard thickness size in the UK. Most homes have this size as it allows skirting and architraves to stand out a bit in the house.

Not to mention all of our designs are supported by this thickness size. This means should you want this thickness, you can go with any profile design you like.

The cost of this thickness is only slightly more than 15mm, won’t take up much more space and it will allow modern homes to offer the tidy, sleek look they're known for.

25mm Thickness

Our 330 Design On A 25mm Thickness Skirting Board

25mm is the thickest we offer as standard, but you can go even thicker if you wish to. The thickest option is great if you want your profile designs to really stand out in the house.

Back in the past, many rich individuals would buy thick skirting to show their class and wealth to guests who visited the houses. The same can still be the case today.

Because many people still live in traditional houses too, when the wooden skirting there needs replacements, the thicker choices will work well in these environments.

The profiles on thicker boards will really stand out compared to other thicknesses and for a more expensive house, this will give off the grand look people strive to have.

Which Thickness Is Right For You?

Ultimately, depending on what you are looking for and what house you are in, there are many options out there for you.

Whether you want a grand look, want to save on floor space or even just want something that looks good without standing out too much, every thickness option is covered for you.

Of course, you can have skirting and architrave thicknesses smaller than 15mm or bigger than 25mm. Since these aren’t standard sizes, anything under 15mm means fewer and fewer designs can go onto the board and there’s a risk it might be too weak to be useful anyway.

Anything over 25mm will incur a price hike as anything over this thickness is not common. Be very careful - although the thicker board will be stronger and allow for designs to look grander and allow for more detailed profiles, the increased price is something you must take into consideration before going ahead.

Hopefully, this blog has helped you understand better the reasons why the thickness option is worth considering when you purchase new or replacing existing skirting boards and or architraves.

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Lee Watkinson

Digital Marketing Director at Skirting World with 10 years of experience in Home Interiors & Manufacturing.