Baseboard Offers Solutions

Some people are surprised to discover that during the trim process, the baseboard is one of the last pieces of trim to be installed. It’s easier if the function of the baseboard and how it works is taken into account.

Baseboard with base cap.

Baseboard with base cap.

Ties other wood trim together

Regardless of whether a home has only door casings, or whether it has more elaborate trim like wainscotting or beadboard, the baseboard connects these features into a cohesive visual unit. Imagine, for example, that the door frame was installed after the baseboard, so instead of going to the floor, it would stop at the baseboard. It would look pretty screwy. So, by introducing the baseboard last, it creates a natural order, makes doorways inviting, and ties paneling the to floor.

Joins the floor and wall

The gap between the floor and wall is often ugly. But, more importantly, humidity causes wood floorboards to expand and contract, so that gap is necessary. This isn’t as big of an issue in dry climates where shrinking or cracking is more likely. But, there is a certain amount of acceptable uniformity in home building, and there is still that pesky floor-to-wall gap to hide. A baseboard will also close off the space and prevent it from being a trough for insects, crumbs, and dirt. Lastly, a baseboard prevents accidental kicking and scuffing of the wall from misplaced feet.

Offers color options

There are more options than one would think for baseboard color options. Some property owners want the baseboard to be the same color as the rest of the trim. Others want it to match the wall, and applying the color in gloss finish can help keep it clean. Others want to stain the baseboard to match the floor. These are some choices to keep in mind during the decision-making process.

Baseboard with base cap and shoe molding

Baseboard with base cap and shoe molding

Some solutions for structural variances

While it’s no secret that very few rooms are genuinely square, it may come as a surprise that sometimes the wall can be wavy, such as in an older home or a home with a curved wall. In such situations, a base cap can be of great service. A base cap is a small, decorative ‘cap’ or piece of molding applied to the top of the baseboard. Not only is it beautifully decorative, but it can hide gaps between the wall and the baseboard.

Another example of baseboard with base cap.

Another example of baseboard with base cap.

Shoe molding works in the same manner, as a small, decorative piece of molding nailed to the floor at the base of the baseboard. Its purpose is to hide gaps between the baseboard and the floor.

It understandable how a plain baseboard can become highly ornamental in the process of adding a base cap and shoe molding.

If you’re thinking about adding, repairing, or renovating the baseboard or other wood moldings in your home, why not set up an appointment with a custom baseboard and wood trim expert? It’s a great way to get some ideas and the opinion of a professional.

If you’re looking for quality crown molding, wainscoting, custom baseboards or other home accents, call iCrown Homes at 623-404-0756.