Tiling Question

Do i need to take skirting boards off prior to tiling a kitchen/utility floor?

5 Answers

Best Answer

no it does not matter if you rmeove the skirting or not. prefebably not as over time if you wish to carpet the floor or laminate or change the tiles you would have to remove the skirting again. therefore i would tile up to the skirting. make sure you tack down half inch ply to tile to. gareth knibbs A1 PLASTERING AND TILING (ROTHERHAM)

Answered 20th Oct 2011

a1 plastering & tiling

Member since 10 Oct 2011

no you do not need to ,if your neat enough with your cuts you can tile up to the skirting board ,then seal around edge with a flexible sealer as its likely to crack ...but i would recommend taking them off if you can, then you can tile up to the walls refit skirting and end up with a much neater finish ..all the best

Answered 20th Oct 2011


Member since 30 Sep 2008

No it's not essential but it does look far better, but any tiler worth his salt would have his tiles cut tight up to the skirtings & with a nice neat silicone joint around the room you wouldn't know the difference.
You do however have to take off & cut the kitchen unit kickboards as you will struggle to get them off again if tiled up to.
Also, there's no need for half inch ply on wooden floors if you use a slightly more expensive high flex adhesive which is designed & guaranteed to go straight onto chipboard.
P.S. The little extra for the 2 part adhesive is covered by the expense of the ply & labour of fitting that. (you are actually better off)

Hope this helps.

Answered 21st Oct 2011

michael lamb ceramic tile fixers

Member since 30 Sep 2011

to get a better finsh it is advisable to remove skirting as it also hides any defect on the tile work.

Answered 27th Oct 2011

Ambux Ltd

Member since 24 Oct 2011

No you don't have to, but if you have small skirting, say 3inch high then it would look better to take them off and replace with new as if you just tile upto them, it will reduce the height of them further still, which in my opinion small skirting boards don't look great. (but each to their own)
Also, you don't have to tack down half inch ply as metioned above unless its a wooden floor and if its concrete, then you can just tlie directly onto that.


Answered 21st Oct 2011

D.J.P Carpentry Services

Member since 4 Mar 2011

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