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What to do with baseboards?

What to do with baseboards?

When installing new hardwood flooring it's important to consider how the finish will appear at the edges of your room. Essentially the question is, "Should you remove the baseboards prior to flooring installation?" Here are some factors you will need to consider:

  • How your current baseboards are installed?
  • What is the height of your current baseboards?
  • What do you want the finished product to look like?
  • What's the condition of your existing baseboards?

Generally, it's a good idea to remove baseboards before installing your flooring. Here's why:

  1. It ensures the installer can leave enough expansion gap between the wood flooring and fixed objects.
  2. In certain conditions, the finished installation will be more pleasing. Remember that short baseboards will result in a better finished look aesthetically without base shoe molding or quarter round. However, when coupled with high profile baseboards a shoe molding generally enhances the decor.
  3. Your new wood flooring may not be the same height as your previous floor covering. Therefore the height of your baseboards would need to be adjusted accordingly. In short, removing the baseboards prior to new flooring installation allows you to match up to the same height of your wood floors.

If you do not want to remove your baseboards, base shoe can be installed around the edges to cover the expansion gap.

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