Wood floors require expansion
space at the wall. Moldings are used to cover the expansion area, to hide cut
ends, to create height differences, and to accent the floor. Profiles are many
and vary through the industry. Here are some examples.
-- from 3/8" to 5/8"thick, from 1 1/2" to 4+" high;
used to protect the wall and "picture-frame" the wood floor. Styles
Modern or Streamline
SHOE -- from 3/8" to
5/8" thick from 1/2" to 1" high; used on vertical face bases to
complete expansion coverage; flexible enough to conform to irregular surfaces.
QUARTER ROUND -- one
quarter of a full round; from 1/2" to 1"; used as shoe in some
REDUCER -- from 3/8"
to 3/4" thick, 1" to 2 1/2" wide; used to make transition in
thickness from wood floor down to thinner or thicker surface (hard tile or
carpet), generally at door openings.
See: Manufacturers/ Specialty Products/
Moldings - An Installation & Maintenance Guide
STAIRS DETAIL: NOSING ~
RISERS ~ TREADS-STEPS
RISER -- 3/4" thick, various
widths, used to create the vertical "rise" in the step.
TREAD -- 1"
to 1-1/16" thick, 8" to 12" wide, the actual step surface.
NOSE (Nosing) -- also called stair nose,
bull nose, stairwell trim, landing tread. Thickness is same as flooring(
3/4" or floor material is sometimes used). These are used to create
finished edges on the top step, around stairwell, sunken living room, etc.
Finished moldings should match your floor or be painted to match other nearby
trims. The detail of using the correct moldings makes for a good installation,
and speaks well of the installer. Make sure these details are addressed before
or during the installation.
Nosing Detail Normally 3-1/2" wide
X 3/4" thick
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