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What Is Scotia?

All solid wood, engineered wood and laminate flooring requires an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. Scotia is a decorative moulding used to cover the gap without removing the skirting.

Scotia is fixed to the skirting board and over the top of the flooring around the perimeter of the wall. Scotia is of a concave design.

Scotia is available in a wide range of colours to match all wood and laminate flooring and is available in lacquered or unfinished solid plus veneered or laminated finishes. We can help you match the correct coloured scotia with your floor.

You would use Scotia if you were not putting your skirting on top of the wood floor.

Scotia comes in concave style and the other style is convex which is called beading.

Beading is normally made from soft wood and requires painting after it has been installed.

Different types of Scotia:

scotia beading

Solid Scotia

Solid Scotia is made from the different species of wood but the most common is oak.

Floorsave supplies solid oak scotia with a lacquered finish or alternatively unfinished.

The unfinished scotia is usually so different colors can be applied to match the flooring.

Veneered Scotia

Veneered Scotia is made from a softwood and then has a very thin layer of veneer applied to the face surface.

The veneer is usually of the more uncommon species like bamboo ,walnut or even sapelle.

MDF scotia

MDF scotia is made from MDF with a foil or paper adhered to the face.The foil/paper comes in many different colors to match wood or laminate flooring.

At Floorsave we carry over 20 different colors that we have matched specifically to our laminate floors.

  • TIP - White scotia is sometimes used to blend in with white skirting. It looks like the Scotia is part of the skirting and the skirting board is on top of the wood floor.

Measuring for scotia

  • Measure the perimeter of your room/hall etc.
  • Allow 10% extra for cuts/mitres
  • Most scotia comes in 2.4 linear metre lengths so add the perimeter measurements together then divide the total length you require by 2.4 and that should give you the amount of lengths you require.
  • Ie. A room that is 5.00m x 3.60 metres gives a total of 17.20 linear meters. 7.20 divided by 2.40 (scotia length) = 7.17 lengths. This needs to be rounded up to 8 lengths. You will require 8 lengths.