Types of Skirting Boards

Many people wonder which skirting boards (baseboard) they should use every day. They can't decide from the many amazing factors they see on the features when buying.

But what is the real anatomy behind all these variety skirting boards?

What could fit your home best. From this comprehensive list, you can go baseboard hunting knowing exactly what you need.

Let's dive right in!

Materials Available

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

This material is made of wood fibers that are compacted together by subjection to heat and pressure and bound by resin and adhesives. Due to their affordability, MDF Skirting boards are widely used. They also come pre-primed which makes it easier for anyone clueless about installation to install it with no problem.

As much as it has numerous advantages, it is considered dangerous as it emits mildly toxic gas when in contact with water long-term.

HDF (High Density Fiberboard)

This one is stronger than MDF. it is highly resistant to moisture and can be used for long in more damp prone homes.


This material that sink basins and many bathtubs are made of is also a baseboard material. It can resist many elements especially water which is commonly used in homes. Its affordability is also making it gain popularity.

On the downside, it can be quite delicate and brittle to work with. It can also be a threat to reproductive health and development.


As much as the above is gaining popularity due to its cheap pricing, wood is also being used in both softwood and hardwood materials. People still prefer the natural feel of a home with the panels having knots to show for their natural texture. However, it is quite expensive to install this type of baseboards. The prices get higher as you go from softwood to hardwood baseboards.

Now that you know which is what, have you identified what you may need? All you have to do is look at what might be convenient with regard to your home environment. That's when you look into style.


If you have a period home, it is better if you'll find baseboards that have detail. This is important for having consistency in the general style.

A contemporary home on the other hand may need a much simpler style to match. This will create a consistent clean and modish look.

Wrap up

For skirting boards to give your home a neat finish, you have to relate their style to that of your home. You don't want to achieve contradictory style statements from wrong baseboard choice. It'll be best if you also consult your designer for a professional perspective.<