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Molding question

Posted by nlion (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 15, 12 at 11:15

We're getting engineered hardwood installed in our living/dining room, family room, and office. What is the preferred treatment for the baseboard area: 1/4 round molding in white pine (to match our white baseboards) or stained molding which matches the floor? Which looks better? The woman in the store showed us a photo on her cell phone of an installation using white pine 1/4 round and we weren't overly impressed with it, but if that's what 90% of people do, we can go with that (plus that is less expensive than getting molding which matches the floor).
Thanks for your thoughts, photos, suggestions.


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RE: Molding question

Many folks today from my experience are going without quarter round. Although many still do use it ( and like it)

How do you like the look of just your baseboard on top of the flooring?

It may be easier to take off your baseboard and simply re-install after floor installation.


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RE: Molding question

I've always seen it with the quarter round matching the baseboards, not the flooring. That's how we did ours.


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RE: Molding question

I have white moulding and my quarter round matches the wood floors. If I were using wood on wood, I'd match the moulding.


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From my end I would use what is called floor moulding. It is made for this application and measures 7/16" x 11/16 Roman OG profile or 1/2" x 3/4" Sanitary profile (offset quarter round).


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RE: Molding question

If you match the shoe molding to the floor (and not to the baseboards), can you still caulk the gap between the shoe molding and the baseboard? What color caulk?


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" can you still caulk the gap between the shoe molding and the baseboard? What color caulk?"

Shoe molding is flexible enough there should not be any real gap to caulk.


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