Fitting Roomline uPVC Plastic Skirting Board and Architrave

Our uPVC plastic skirting board and architrave is designed to look good, last long and simplify fitting and maintenance. There is no sanding, priming or painting required and the corner trims mean no tricky mitring or scribing of joints!

To simplify internal corner joints, we suggest that Roomline skirting is fitted in a clockwise direction from a door opening. If you plan to lay a new laminate or tiled floor then this should be done before the skirting is fitted to produce the neatest finish. However, we recommend carpets are fitted after the skirting.

Fitting Roomline Skirting to a Typical Room

Fitting Roomline skirting board around corners

LENGTH 1 - Measure from the outside edge of door architrave to corner of room. [Fig 1] Mark measurement on a length of skirting and cut to size using a fine toothed saw. Run a bead of contact adhesive down each adhesive channel [Fig 2] on the back of skirting and push firmly to the wall.

LENGTH 2 - Measure from the face of fitted skirting (Length 1) to the internal corner (a). [Fig 3] Then mark length and cut. Attach a scribed Internal Corner Joint to left-hand-end of cut skirting. Use an instant glue on the two tabs to secure it to the skirting. [Figs 4 and 5] Position skirting to check length, trim if necessary, then apply contact adhesive and push into place.

LENGTH 3 - Measure from face of fitted skirting (Length 2) to the external corner (b). Mark, then cut before applying an Internal Corner Joint to left-hand-end and sticking to wall.

LENGTH 5 - Measure from the internal corner (d) to the external corner (c). Mark and cut before sticking to the wall.

LENGTH 4 - Measure from back faces of Lengths 3 and 5. [Fig 6] Mark and cut to length. Apply instant glue to tabs of two External Corner Joints and fix one to either end of skirting. [Fig 7] Apply contact adhesive to back of Length 4 and instant glue to the exposed tabs. Push skirting into position, while making sure the tabs locate correctly into Lengths 3 and 5.

KEY POINTS: Always position the skirting board to check length before applying contact adhesive and trying to stick to wall. Any surplus adhesive should be wiped away as you go along.

Fitting Skirting to Walls over 2.5m

Fitting Roomline skirting board to a long wall

When fitting skirting to extremely wide walls, it may be necessary to join multiple lengths. In-line Joint Mouldings are available for this purpose and are easy to fit.

The required lengths of skirting board should be jointed with accurate square cuts and instant glue applied to the middle cavity of one of the lengths. [Fig 8]

Insert an In-line Joint Moulding half-way into the glued middle cavity. [Fig 9]

Apply instant glue into the middle cavity of the other length of skirting and push-fit onto the In-line Joint Moulding. Then fit the joined length in the conventional manner. [Fig 10]

Matching uPVC Plastic Architrave

Architraves are the trims that are fitted around internal doors, window or loft hatch openings. These are also available in realistic woodgrain that matches the skirting!

Architrave are used as decorative mouldings to hide the unsightly joint between wall and timber casings. To cover one side of a door casing there are 3 lengths, known as a set, which includes one horizontal head piece and 2 vertical legs or jambs.

Fitting Roomline uPVC Plastic Architrave

Architrave is usually set back slightly from the edge of the door casing to provide a neat appearance around the door opening. This space is known as margin, which is typically between 5 and 7mm.

Once you know the margin you would like, guidelines should be marked carefully around the door casing. Where the head and jamb lines meet on either side of the casing will determine the architrave mitre point.

Line the first length of architrave jamb making sure it follows the vertical margin guidelines. Mark the inside face of the architrave where it crosses the head line with a pencil. Repeat this for the other vertical jamb and the head section.

Fitting the Architrave Jamb Lengths

From the pencil mark made earlier, cut one vertical jambs at 45° using a mitre block and fine toothed saw. Then apply a bead of contact adhesive down each adhesive channel on back. Position the skirting on the wall, using the vertical margin guideline and press firmly into place. Repeat this for the other door jamb.

Fitting the Architrave Head Sections

The head section must be cut at 45° on each end using the pencil marks made earlier.

Internal Joint pieces are used to help produce a strong, tight bond between the head and the two jambs. Apply a small amount of Instant Glue to two Internal Joints and push-fit one into either end of the head section. Then apply contact adhesive down each channel of the architrave.

Carefully position the head section in place ensuring that the Internal Joints locate into the vertical jamb sections.

If for any reason the mitre joints don't line up correctly, Cover Trims can be glued in position to cover any gaps.

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