Timber skirting is more expensive than PVC skirting, but is that the only factor you need to consider? Sure, timber is the pricier product, but you get what you pay for. Here are just four reasons you’ll find it well worth the money.
You might assume that the material your skirting boards are made from will go unnoticed. After all, this isn’t a part of any room that people tend to consciously look at, so why not save on cost and go for PVC over timber? Well, the skirting isn’t something you’ll often look at purposefully, but it’s frequently in your field of vision, and it’s important to get it right. Timber skirting is the more traditional choice – next to it, PVC will often look cheap and tacky, especially after a few years.
Timber presents a more attractive appearance than PVC, and you can personalize that appearance around your own demands. Unless you’re willing to pay quite a lot of money, PVC comes in only a few generic shades and colours. Wood doesn’t come in different colours naturally, but it can be primed and then painted in any colour you like. If you change the décor or furnishings, you can always repaint the skirting to match.
Wood skirting takes a finish well, and that finish allows it to disguise any imperfections. It’s worth remembering that your skirting boards are naturally going to have to put up with plenty of knocks and bashes over the years. It’s hard to avoid such little accidents entirely, but you can mitigate their impact by choosing a skirting material that puts up with wear without showing imperfections so clearly, and timber clearly wins on that count.
It’s not just that timber doesn’t show damage very visibly – it also doesn’t take damage very easily. Timber is extremely tough and dense – even if you give your timber skirting a good kick, it’s probably just going to show a dent. In contrast, PVC skirting can snap or break entirely, leaving an ugly gap that requires repair work.