If your skirting boards are damaged, warped or cracked, they can spoil the decorative finish of your home.
The same goes for skirting boards that were badly installed in the first place. For example, if there’s a huge gap between the wall and skirting board. Or, if too many shorter pieces have been installed together (rather than one long board).
For door frames, the quality, condition and fitting is even more important. An old or poorly installed door frame can stop your door opening and closing as it should.
In this guide, we’ll look at the average cost of replacing skirting boards and door frames in your home.
How much does it cost to replace skirting boards?
|Job||Low cost||High cost||Average cost|
|Replacing skirting boards (one room)||£225||£300||£275|
|Replacing skirting boards (per metre)||£20||£60||£40|
|Replacing door frame (per internal door)||£50||£75||£60|
The cost of replacing skirting boards depends firstly on the size of the room, and how much skirting board is needed. The quality and material are also key factors. Plus, how difficult the old skirting boards are to remove and whether they cause any damage.
Lastly, you’ll need to factor in disposal costs for the old skirting boards, unless it’s included in the price. If you’d like your new skirting boards painted with gloss, this will also add to the cost.
For a room of around 4.3m x 3m, the cost of replacing skirting boards is between £225 and £300. This includes supply, fit and labour costs.
Cost of replacing skirting boards per metre
To work out roughly how much your project will cost, it can be helpful to calculate it by the metre. On average, the cost of new skirting boards is £20 to £60 per metre. The cost will depend on whether you choose MDF, softwood or hardwood skirting boards. You’ll also need to factor in labour costs.
Cost of replacing door frames
If your door frame is sagging, sticking or the wood has split, it’s clearly time for a new one. Luckily, the cost of replacing internal door frames is quite low at just £60 per door. However, it can cost more if you have a metal or composite (rather than softwood) door frame.
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How long does it take to replace skirting boards?
It depends on the size of the room, but allow up to a day for your new skirting boards to be fully installed.
How long does it take to replace a door frame?
An expert tradesperson should be able to replace a door frame in around two to three hours. However, it can take up to four to five hours for an external door frame.
Can I fit new skirting boards and door frames myself?
It’s always recommended to use an experienced tradesperson for this kind of project. While this can add to the cost of replacing skirting boards and door frames, it really is essential. Both are jobs requiring a great deal of skill, accuracy and specialist tools. Get it wrong and you could end up with gaps, ill-fitting corner joints and doors that won’t close.
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