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If you’re looking to refurbish or freshen up your house or flat, it’s good to get a sense of the range of materials and fixtures that are on the market. Options you might find preferable.

Have you considered replacing your old wooden skirting boards with a plastic variety? There are some good reasons why you might.

A plastic skirting board is more durable than its wooden counterpart. It will withstand more buffeting from general wear and tear and therefore requires very little maintenance. You won’t have to paint and repaint as you would with wooden skirting boards. There is no sanding or priming required. Once installed, the cracks that can appear at the joints with wood and MDF skirting are something you won’t have to worry about with plastic. And when they become marked, all they need is a wipe down with a cloth to restore them to their former glory.

If plastic seems like a poor cousin to the wooden skirting in terms of appearance, think of the practical reasons why you might favour plastic over wood. Wooden and MDF skirting boards soak up moisture, are prone to rot and in time will need repairing or replacing. Hence certain rooms you’re looking to refurbish would benefit from plastic board. Plastic skirting boards are impervious to high humidity and won’t move or shrink. They are best suited to the environments of the bathroom, kitchen and utility room.

Plastic skirting board is flexible, so it’s ideal when you’re installing it on curved walls. This is particularly useful when you have kitchen and bathroom fitments which have a curved surface such as a corner shower.

Plastic skirting board is also easy to install or replace. There are many different styles and colours you can choose from besides. You need not be a professional tradesman to create an outstanding end result in your rooms. Cut your mitres with a saw and use an adhesive and jointing compound to attach. They’re easy to install not only to plastered walls, but plaster board if you’re adding partitions in your refurb project, and almost any surface.

Plastic is flexible, so it’s much better for covering imperfect walls. Something you might find particularly useful if you’re refurbishing an old property that hosts a myriad of imperfections in the walls. And one other advantage of some plastic over wood is that the plastic skirting boards include a special recess on the rear, great for hiding unsightly wires and cabling.