Timber floors are fixed on top screeds laid on concrete. When slit floors are made, there are two to three courses of masonry feature wall. This rise from the lower to upper level. The edge of the timber floor has a skirting piece fixed round the whole room. These pieces are fixed to the edge of the concrete floor. They are fixed flush with the feature wall. This joint at the edge wears out quite fast. This happens as people stand on it and thus the cover or skirting treatment done to this finishes.
The finish fixed on the floor and masonry is a timber skirting. This skirting is about three inches wide and one inch thick. It has a rebate at the top. This rebate is for anchorage and nailing into the concrete. Hardwood timber is used due to its durability. It should cover the masonry about two and a half inches on the face side. If looked at on elevation, it seems like a skirting placed on top of the wall. On the floor part, it should be about a done a quarter inch above the surface. This is to one avoid tripping on skirting end.
Since the two courses of masonry are a feature wall, the aesthetics must be kept. The rebated timber skirting should not distort that beauty. The cover piece can be painted to match the feature wall or made to compliment it. In the interior design of a house, aesthetics are an integral part of finishes to any two different materials bonded together. Therefore the skirting piece at the part it lies on the floor should mat the timber finish. Preferably the same floor varnish used should be applied on it.
When fixing the cover on the floor finish, first measure the length required. The size of the rebate should be measured to spread on to the floor by about an inch. The thickness of this part can be about an eighth to half an inch thick. Screws are used to fasten it onto the concrete below the timber floor. Fine saw dust mixed with wood glue is run over the screw heads. This is sanded and rubbed down till smooth. The skirting, when fixed should lie firmly onto the feature wall. Decoration is then applied to match the floor and wall or as desired.
Article by Charlotte Flooring