Tips For Installing Baseboard Trim On Hardwood Floors
Installing baseboard trim on hardwood floors requires a certain amount of technique and precision to achieve a profession appearing finish. It’s definitely not as simple as cutting the boards to size and simply nailing them to the wall. It’s important to have the proper tools for the job and to take the time to do the necessary planning. The following contains some experience tips that should help you achieve a quality finish.
Installing baseboard trim on hardwood floors which painted is a fair bit easier than a finish stained or clear coated wood trim, so we’ll start with the painted trim. I would recommend pre-painting the trim, as painting it after the install can be more difficult and tedious. That said, you will likely have to do paint touchups afterwards, depending on your level of fit and finish standards. If painting isn’t your thing you can always hire a painting services outfit and have those paints the walls and the trim at the same time, after the install.
First of all for installing baseboard trim on hardwood floors is purchase and paint the baseboard of your choice. Choosing a thicker baseboard would be ideal, but you can also opt for the addition of quarter round trim, which will require additional work. Having a good electric chop saw, or miter saw is paramount for making this a smooth clean project. Other tools needed, will just be your typical measuring tape and pencil. Consider purchasing a stud finder, as you will likely need to nail into the vertical studs. Get a caulking gun and a tube or two of pain-table indoor caulking. Choose a caulking color that closely matches your wall or trim color.