New Floor, New Trim?

MarenALMarch 2, 2014

I am getting quotes for replacing our vinyl floor with porcelain tile in the kitchen/hall/half-bath/and laundry room.

Here is my question: is new trim (quarter round) necessary? It seems like it is unneeded for the most part, unless the trim is in bad shape. And since I'd have to prime and paint the new trim white to replace the old, why couldn't I just repaint the old trim so it looks new again?

I suppose in the long run over the entire cost of the floor it is a pittance but it seems like the main argument for replacing it is that it's easier to rip out than to take it up carefully for reuse. And if that's the issue, I can remove it myself. Am I missing something?

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The easiest way to cover the cut edges is with 1/4 rnd. and is typical with a modern or bullnose base. It would be a different story if you have a 711 or mpre decorative base.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 9:41PM
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The labor involved for an installer to remove, clean, repaint, and reinstall old trim is usually much more expensive than simply painting/installing new trim.

If you do the work, cost is not a factor. In fact, reinstalling the old trim should be less expensive, since there is no cutting/fitting necessary.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 10:14PM
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Thanks folks. I think I could try to save the trim but probably not worth the trouble and opportunity cost.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 8:28PM
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If the trim is brittle or glued in place it could break when you try to remove it.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 4:05AM
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Here in southern Florida, one of the worst details I see is tile on concrete run up to baseboard then grouted. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

I would pull the baseboard, install Ditra, install tile and grout leaving a gap between the edge of the tile and wall. Cover the gap with the recycled or new baseboard. Make your tile persons follow the manufacturer's installation instructions, I don't care how long they've been doing it their way.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 9:50AM
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I never manage to get baseboard off without banging it up or breaking it, so I save a lot of irritation by planning to replace to from the start. (Unless, of course it is particularly interesting or historic, or otherwise hard to replicate.

In our current house the baseboard was installed before the hardwood floor and the nails are hidden behind the hardwood. It's a nightmare to get out. Now I'm just sawing it off flush with the floor. (It's a painted, simple '50's shoe molding that will be replaced with a ~8" tall cherry Craftsman style baseboard.)

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 5:18PM
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