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 Post subject: skirting gap to floor?
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do i leave a gap in between the skirting and the floor for the carpet to fit under?


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I've never seen it done like that. :scratch: You have carpet grippers nailed around the room's perimeter up to the skirting with underlay attached to the subfloor and carpet stretched on top. Well our house did, I removed it all! :lol:

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Like Blu says, the carpet fitter will fit to suit!

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there are two schools of thaught on this matter

some say no gap for carpet, others say allow some gap


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I always leave a few mm anyway, but it's nothing to do with allowing for the carpet!

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The only case you should leave a gap is if your floor is not level. You would mark a level line around the walls and fit your skirting to that.
Of course there would be gaps and no gaps depending on the floor.

The reason for this if the wallpapering had a pattern or the floor was so bad it would look obvious

So no do not leave a gap. :wink:


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b*llox, I always leave a gap!!..........fit the skirting level a few mm above the floor.

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Well some do some dont :wink:

Dont worry I am not saying you are wrong and will not resort to verbal abuse.

But can I ask what the purpose of the few mm gap is?

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I fitted new skirting boards in my last house, I just fitted them as near to the floor as they would go.

In the bedrooms we had cream coloured carpets fitted. After about 6 months we noticed that the edge of the carpet in the 2 front bedrooms along the front outside wall of the house had discoloured & was quite dirty. The dirty mark was a strip approx 1 inch wide :scratch:

After a bit of thought I could only put this down to dust from inside the cavity wall / under the floorboards being blown through the gap between the skirting & the floor when the wind hit the front of the house, as the same coloured carpet in the back bedroom was unmarked.

So based on my experience I would advise sealing any gap between the skirting & the floor. :thumbright:


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uncle buck wrote:
I fitted new skirting boards in my last house, I just fitted them as near to the floor as they would go.

In the bedrooms we had cream coloured carpets fitted. After about 6 months we noticed that the edge of the carpet in the 2 front bedrooms along the front outside wall of the house had discoloured & was quite dirty. The dirty mark was a strip approx 1 inch wide :scratch:

After a bit of thought I could only put this down to dust from inside the cavity wall / under the floorboards being blown through the gap between the skirting & the floor when the wind hit the front of the house, as the same coloured carpet in the back bedroom was unmarked.

So based on my experience I would advise sealing any gap between the skirting & the floor. :thumbright:


This is why I would not leave a gap between skirting and floor. Even more so on a older property where there is more dust.

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In my last house I put down engineered wood flooring over the old floorboards that had been flat edged and had the usual gaps between planks.

After I fitted the skirting, I left a gap of about 1mm to allow ease of decoration - avoiding paint on floor when doing skirting - as well as for slight movement.

I found that draftiness of the floorboard had turned into a quite noticable wind in that 1mm gap as the air found an exit at the floorboard edge, flooring expansion gap and skirting gap - Brrrrr

Doing the flooring in this house I still left a slight gap (for decor and movement) but this time I sealed behind by allowing the foam membrane underlay to run up the wall a couple of inches

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