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Things You Need to Consider When Installing Baseboards

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by

The right baseboard can make your flooring really stand out, and installing them is a simple project you can do yourself to save time and money. Before jumping into the project blindly, the flooring and design experts at Unique Flooring Oceanside recommend keeping this information in mind.

Cohesion

Take a good look at the age and style of your home when choosing a baseboard profile and finish. Many people also choose to match the colors of their new baseboards with those in other areas of the house, and paint stores can usually match an existing color of paint or stain.

Source and Budget

Baseboard prices can vary considerably, but big-box hardware stores carry many affordable types. If there is room in your budget, add cap and shoe moulding. If you are matching trim in an older or higher-end home, you may need to visit a lumber mill or have the moulding custom made.

Tools

Consider procuring some inexpensive but specialized tools. A digital angle finder will help you determine the correct angles for your trim, and a miter saw will help you cut those angles with ease. You will also want a tape measure, level, hammer and nails or a nail gun, caulk and caulk gun, and finishing supplies.

Knowledge

If you are new to baseboard installation, buy or borrow a how-to book, watch an instructional video on YouTube, or get an experienced friend or family member to help. Also, remember these tips:

  • Buy extra trim to allow for joints and mistakes. Nobody likes running back to the store in the middle of a project.
  • Floors and walls are rarely perfect. Your walls probably do not form 90-degree angles, so be prepared to adjust your cuts. The walls might also be bumpy or damaged near the floor. Use wood shims or caulk to maintain a smooth profile.
  • Like moulding, tools come in a range of styles and prices. If you plan to install other trim in the future, consider purchasing nicer hand tools or a power miter saw. An additional investment now could make this and any future baseboard projects much easier.

During your baseboard installation, you might also decide you want to replace your flooring. At Unique Flooring, we offer a wide variety of options for carpet, tile, laminate, vinyl, and hardwood flooring in San Diego. Come stop by our showroom or give us a call at 760-945-0010. We hope to hear from you soon.

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