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Flooring, skirting boards and architraves - which first?

Do I lay click wooden flooring first or put on skirting boards and architraves first? Also, which trade should I use for the skirting boards, architraves and hanging a wooden door - Carpenter or Joiner? Thank you.

Answered by TrustATrader

It is recommended that you lay the floor first, then fit the skirting boards afterwards. It lends to a much more professional looking finish, and you can use the skirting to cover any small gaps from floor to wall.

The other way would be to lay the wooden floor up to the skirting (leaving an expansion gap), then put beading around the edges to hide the aforementioned gap.

Typically, it would be a carpenter who you would employ to fit your requirements as a joiner by definition, constructs and assembles the work such as fitted furniture or window frames that a carpenter fits insitu.

In reality, many joiners / carpenters are multi skilled, and we actually have them listed together on our site. You can find more information and our main carpenter/joiner’s page here.

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