Should I use Skirting Board Adhesive?

Hi all,

I’m looking to install skirting boards along my hallway walls. I have read some mixed messages about using some adhesives for skirting boards online and some recommending to instead have the skirting boards drilled in.
Would adhesives be suitable enough for typical hallways?
Is there any specific problems I should look out for if I went for the adhesive route? And are there any particular brands I should steer clear of for this?
Currently, I have painted walls, which will be dry and there’s not likely much risk of damage day to day – if this makes a difference at all.
I’d like to hear what others’ experiences have been using adhesives versus drilled in skirting boards.

Asked by Kamil on 15th Jul 2019
Expert Trade Answers
"It depends on many things. If walls are straight and you fixing mdf skirtings, adhesives will do well. If walls not really straight or fixing natural timber skirts, especially not perfectly dried I would recommend to fix on screws or even both, as adhesive don’t cost really much. Thanks."
Answered on 17th Jul 2019 - Member since Apr 2019 - report
"Yes you can Use adhesive for sticking skirting boards to the wall then finish off on top with painting chalk."
Answered on 17th Jul 2019 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Use green gripfill solvent based,stay away from non solvent adhesive it does not work,regards, Phil Grant. Joiner"
Answered on 15th Jul 2019 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
"I use Gripfill all the time and pin it in place, then decorative caulk to cover up any gaps at the top of the skirting from uneven walls"
Answered on 12th May 2020 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Gripfill. Plus pins Don’t just use an adesive"
Answered on 4th Sep 2019 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
"Hi there,

You can fix new skirting with adhesive, I recommend grip fill (pink) or something similar, however, I do also apply pins with a nail gun. If the walls are particularly bent or crooked it's sometimes required to drill and fix in parts to ensure a good fitting and that the skirting does not come away especially if you have carpet fitted and the fitter likes to smash the skirting whilst installing. In some cases, this can cause cracking of the skirting if it has been caulked. Ensure the wall is clean of dust and shiny paint before using the grip fill.

Hope this helps,
Answered on 5th Nov 2019 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
"I would only fix by drilling in screws, this will stop any sheering movement."
Answered on 15th Jul 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report
"I would use gripfill adhesive and a few clout nails (on blockwork) to hold the boards tight against the wall until the adhesive dries."
Answered on 29th Mar 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
"If always used adhesive such as pink grip or ova glue and nail gunned the skirting in place as it is quicker and easier to fill I hope this helps"
Answered on 20th Sep 2019 - Member since Sep 2019 - report
"Use a good quality adhesive if you're going to use one, caulk sealant between the wall and skirting.
Fixing wise it's best nailed or screwed depending on if the material is soft wood ,hard wood and the finish required. Remember to look out for cables and pipes first."
Answered on 23rd Jan 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
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