Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Architrave and skirting

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Architrave and skirting £30 £90

If the architrave or skirting around your interior door, or adjacent to it, needs replacing then it is best to get a skilled carpenter or joiner in to complete the work. Architrave is the decorative detail around your door, as well as running around your room at ceiling level. Skirting board runs around the base of your walls.

Both are decorative features that can really set off a door or whole room, but if they become damaged, overworked by redecoration, splintered or damp then it is best to replace them. They can also become degraded due to the fitting of locks, new doors or even electrical fittings, with pieces chiselled out of them to make adjustments to your home.

In order to replace your architrave or skirting boards your carpenter or joiner will first carefully remove these from around your door, ceiling or floor. As these items are decorative they do not support anything, so they are safe and simple to remove. Once they have been levered away from the wall your tradesman will clean up the area around them and remove any old nails or glue to prepare for the fitting of new skirting or architrave.

Replacing architrave and skirting in your home

Your carpenter or joiner will cut the replacement architrave or skirting to size, matching the current design if you are only replacing part of these features. Period architrave or skirting may cost more to source, although most modern skirting and ceiling architrave is fairly standard in design, with only sizes varying. If the kind of skirting or architrave you want is not readily available, or if you want to exactly match some period architrave around your door, then an experienced carpenter or joiner should be able to custom make this for you from scratch.

Once the old architrave or skirting is removed and the wall or door area is prepared, your joiner or carpenter will cut the new ones to size as needed. They will then attach these to the wall or around the door, using wood glue, nails and/or mastic, depending on the type of architrave or skirting used. They will fill in any gaps between parts of the architrave or skirting before sanding any surrounding parts and then painting the new and old areas to make sure that these both match. They may also suggest painting all the architrave around the floor and ceiling once you have had a door architrave replaced. This means that the whole room will be refreshed and all the paintwork on these decorative features will match.

Once the job is finished then your tradesman should clean up any sawdust, paint or debris from the job. The overall cost will depend on just how much architrave you are having replaced and how complex a job it is. Obviously it will be far cheaper to install standard architrave or skirting from a DIY outlet than it is to have your carpenter cut and install custom-made items.

Rated People surveyed 83 of our carpenters and joiners across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on internal doors. We also asked about external doors.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact our local carpenters and joiners.


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