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Base Shoe or Quarter Round – What’s the Difference?

base shoe When we refinish or install a hardwood floor, we replace the baseboard molding. Baseboard molding installations are finished off with a small piece of molding that covers the gap between the bottom of the baseboards and the floor. There are two types of molding that can be used – base shoe or quarter round. So what’s the difference?

Both Types of Molding Are Very Similar

Base shoe and quarter round are almost identical. In some situations, they can be used interchangeably, but they both have their own specific uses as well.

Quarter round (shown in two sizes in the picture on the left and the right) is exactly as its name implies, one quarter of a round dowel. It has a 90° angle on the backside with a perfect quarter radius on the side that shows.  The quarter round comes in a variety of sizes, which makes it versatile enough for a wide range of applications, as well as an ideal solution for eliminating the gap between trim and moldings and to fill corners.

Base shoe also has a 90-degree angle on the backside, but the front of base shoe is slightly more square and does not follow the radius of a circle like the quarter round does.

Does the Base Shoe Need to Be Removed before Refinishing or Installing a Wood Floor?

Yes, it should. There are a couple of reasons why you should remove the base shoe before installing a new floor. It is most likely that the existing base shoe molding has been in place for quite some time, so it may be dented or damaged in places. Plus it probably has several layers of paint on it from over the years. More importantly, however, removing the base shoe will allow you to butt the new flooring up to the wall. If we are refinishing a floor, and the base shoe is left in place, it will prevent us from getting the sander along the edge of the existing floor.

Should the Base Shoe Match the Trim Color or the Floor Color?

This is really a matter of preference. Traditionally speaking, the base shoe color should match the trim color, however, the choice is ultimately up to the homeowner. We suggest matching with your trim color to add contrast and emphasize the beautiful stain color of your hardwood floors.

Related Read:  Everything You Need to Consider When Choosing a Stain Color for Your Hardwood Floors

Do I Really Need Baseboard Molding?

One of the most common questions people ask is if they really need the base shoe, or if it’s just an add on. The answer is a simple yes. Without it, there is typically a gap between the trim and flooring, which is not only unattractive but makes it extremely easy for dirt and debris to build up under the base trim. At SVB, we give you your choice – you can remove the existing shoe base on your own, purchase pre-primed replacements from SVB, stain it, and install it yourself.  Or you can leave this tedious task up to us. We will remove the existing shoe base, and stain and install the new base shoe.

If you are considering refinishing, replacing or installing a new wood floor, call us at (816) 965-8655 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation.

Can You Install Hardwood Floors in Winter?

winter_shovelingThis time of year, homeowners in the Kansas City area can get a little restless. We’re past the holidays, and these cold, gray days mean most of us are spending our time inside imagining all the home improvement projects we’d like to do.

Wood floors can be installed in the winter, but winter installations come with some challenges. At SVB Wood Floors, we know a thing or two about winter installation and we do it right.



Why Does Winter Weather Matter to Hardwood?

Moisture is widely regarded as the biggest cause of wood flooring problems. Extremely humid conditions make even the best wood floors swell, and then when the humidity falls away, homeowners see gaps between their boards. Too little humidity during installation means your hardwood floors will later change shape more dramatically when they are introduced to high levels of humidity.

What does that mean for winter installations? Winter usually means your furnace is running full steam, and that dry air has little to no moisture in it. Your hardwood installer must check and regulate the humidity in your home, so the air is humid enough that the wood doesn’t shrink.

Related Link: What to Expect from Your Hardwood Floor During Winter

Here in Missouri (where we’re pretty used to humid springs, summers, and falls) it’s important that your floors are installed correctly. If your floor boards are distorted by lack of moisture during installation, when they expand during the humid seasons, you can expect trouble.

Those shrunken boards swell with humid air, and end up crushing the edges of the boards as they expand into each other. When the moisture leaves the boards in the winter, the crushed boards are smaller than they were at installation, meaning your beautiful hardwood floor is full of gaps!

Find out what else you should be asking your hardwood flooring contractor!

Benefits of Winter Wood Floor Installation

There’s a silver lining to every cloud! Because water, even in small amounts, can drastically affect your wood floors, wood floors are best installed in dry conditions. Winter’s dry air means there’s no moisture to get trapped underneath your floorboards. By the same token, because winter can be a tricky time to install, this is a slow season for many companies. Their slow season usually means fast turnaround for you!

Your SVB Hardwood Floor Installer Will:

– Utilize the humidifier in your home, or bring one in, to control the amount of moisture in the air. 

– Acclimate your boards, so that despite the temperature your boards have been stored in, they have time to adjust before installation. 

– Test the moisture of your subflooring, before the installation.

While installing hardwood floors in the winter presents some challenges, if you’re ready for new hardwood floors, you don’t need to wait. Give SVB Wood Flooring a call today, at (816) 965-8655 to get a free, in-home estimate. You could have your new floor sooner than you think!