Small Guide to Buying Architrave

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In general, the majority of people will select an architrave to match the skirting that is already in place or that will be installed. The good news is that the experts at Skirting World offer architrave for each one of the skirting designs that they sell, so you don’t have to worry about finding matching architrave.

When buying architrave, you have a different width, thickness, length, and finish options.

Selecting the optimal architrave width

The first and most important thing that you need to decide upon when buying architrave is the width. If you are wondering what is the optimal architrave width for you there are a few questions that you need to answer first. Do you need to match the architrave that is already in place? If the answer is yes, then all you have to do is measure the architrave that you have and buy the same with. If you’re renovating or dealing with a new building, then you have the following options:

– 70mm (very common)

– 95 mm (common)

– 120 mm (least common)

Selecting the optimal architrave thickness

Once you’ve determined what the right width for your architrave is, it’s time to move on to the thickness. It is important to remember that the architrave must be as thick as the skirting or thicker. However, if there are plinth blocks between the architrave and the skirting, you need to make sure that the architrave is thinner than the plinths. These are the architrave thickness options that Skirting World has to offer:

– 15mm (common)

– 18 mm (most common)

– 25 mm (less common)

Selecting the optimal architrave length

Once you’ve selected the optimal thickness for your architrave, the next step is to determine the length. These are the architrave length options that Skirting World has to offer:

– 2100mm (only available for Pine)

– 2440mm (shortest length for MDF)

– 3050mm

– 4200mm

Choosing a finish

Last but not least, once you’ve determined the width, thickness, and length of your architrave, you will have to choose a finish and decide whether you want your architrave primed or unprimed. The Skirting World experts usually recommend their clients to go for the primed options, especially if they are purchasing MDF architrave. By choosing primed, you will receive an architrave board that has one smooth layer of primer and that is ready to be painted on. The Skirting World specialists always apply two layers of primer and sand the boards before applying each coating to make sure that they are perfectly smooth and clean.

If, however, you decide to go for unprimed architrave, then you must know that the boards will not have any finish. Therefore, if you order pine architrave, then you will receive boards that look a lot like plain pieces of timber. It is safe to say that if you are ordering HDF or MDF architrave, you don’t have any benefits from getting them unprimed because if you decide to paint them, then you will have to do the priming yourself.

If you need assistance with choosing the right architrave, do not hesitate to contact the specialists from Skirting World.

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