Advice for new flooring options plus skirting.

edited 29 November 2020 at 1:33PM in In My Home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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Hi all. I've not long moved into my new house. Just sorted out a cat urine issue on the upstairs chipboard, now i have a room with no skirting boards and a damaged door frame. All carpets will need to be replaced upstairs.

I am stuck on what to do! I can't find a exact match for the skirting board upstairs. 6 year old new build and they used a profile not found in DIY stores/ online. Its all MDF. 
I also need to replace downstairs flooring and torn between, carpet. solid wood or engineered wood.

Questions..
  • Should i replace all skirting with a new profile and have it match all through out the home? Most of it has been scratched by the cats and will need repainting anyway. 
  • MDF or PINE? ( Skirting/doorframes )
  • Carpet or wood floor for downstairs? if i take off the skirting to fit a new wood floor, i could use some skirting from there and just replace it all downstairs? Or just do it all?
Its all on hold as i don't know what to do :smiley:



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  • neilmclneilmcl Forumite
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    Can you post a pic of the skirting in question. I'm sure you'll be able to source it from proper builder's merchants if you can't get it from the normal diy outlets.
  • edited 29 November 2020 at 1:57PM
    DoozergirlDoozergirl Forumite
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    edited 29 November 2020 at 1:57PM
    https://skirtingboardsdirect.com/

    They have dozens of different types in every size you can imagine.  If they genuinely don't have yours, they'll have something very close to it that will never be noticed by visitors.
     

    The rest of the skirting can be fixed with some decent filling and preparation.  
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  • tacpot12tacpot12 Forumite
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    As Doozergirl says, they will have something so close that visitors won't notice, and in a couple of years, you won't remember where each type is fitted and will have get out a precise measuring tool to figure it out!
    The comments I post are my personal opinion. While I try to check everything is correct before posting, I can and do make mistakes, so always try to check official information sources before relying on my posts.
  • edited 29 November 2020 at 5:21PM
    MattW602MattW602 Forumite
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    edited 29 November 2020 at 5:21PM
    The skirting is nothing unique, its very close to the standard Ogee you find in DIY stores. I will post a picture later on. If i could find the exact match or very close should i stick with MDF or switch to pine? as downstairs could do with most of it replacing. Upstairs should be ok with a little prep.
  • kdotdotdotdotkdotdotdotdot Forumite
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    I've got three different types of skirting board (the result of covid-19 shortages this summer plus my poor calculations) in my home and no one notices.  Get something similar and it'll be fine. 
  • VW1991VW1991 Forumite
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    If you can find this please send me a link :) 
  • sol2017sol2017 Forumite
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    Another place for you to see if you can find a match: https://www.skirting4u.co.uk. I've ordered from them and was satisfied with the process and results. All new skirting in my house is mdf. And not all matches which is totally fine.
  • MattW602MattW602 Forumite
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    Mine is pretty much like VW1991's pictures. Ill have a look and yes you are right it doesn't all need to match and could be overkill to rip it all out over a few damaged pieces.

    If i went for carpet as my flooring choice downstairs (hallway and living room) - would you recommend 100% poly or wool mix?
  • DoozergirlDoozergirl Forumite
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    The poly stuff looks and feels good now, and you can clean it with bleach if you want to.   If you find one that you like, then it seems like a bit of a no brainer... 


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  • edited 13 December 2020 at 12:29PM
    MattW602MattW602 Forumite
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    edited 13 December 2020 at 12:29PM
    The poly stuff looks and feels good now, and you can clean it with bleach if you want to.   If you find one that you like, then it seems like a bit of a no brainer... 


    Ok, thanks.


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