What is difference between skirting board & skirting block?



Knowing the difference between a skirting block (also known as a plinth block) and a skirting board (also known, simply, as skirting) is important - especially if you need to order products from our team of design experts at the Australian Moulding and Door Company.

The good news is that we’ve made it easy to understand.


What is a Skirting board?


Skirting is always based at the bottom of the door frame and runs around the length of each wall.

Skirting board is decorative – but it’s also functional.

That’s because skirting covers the join between the wall surface and the floor, so it protects against dust and dirt gathering in any gaps between walls and floors.

Aesthetically, skirting provides a more seamless transition from wall to floor. To suit the unique look of your home, skirting board comes in many styles - from clean and contemporary to ornately detailed.

By sealing the gap between the wall and the floor, skirting boards also help insulate a room, protect against spills, and also protect walls from heavy foot traffic or furniture-related damage.


What is a Skirting block?


It’s a decorative timber block that sits at the bottom of the architrave, where it meets the skirting board.

It just has one job – to help your home look good (if that’s the look you like!).

Officially, there is nothing functional about a skirting block, although some builders do prefer to use them, because of the way skirting blocks act as a transition between your door architrave and your skirting board.

Skirting blocks are typically thicker than skirting boards and this difference creates a focal point that enhances the look of the doorway and architrave.

We hope that the explanation of the difference between skirting boards and skirting blocks helps.

If you want to know more, our friendly team is only an email or phone call away to answer your questions.

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