Wood floors require expansion space at the
wall. Wood Floor Moldings are used to cover the expansion area, to hide cut ends, to
create height differences, and to accent the floor
(also see Stairs, & Stair Parts
see molding application detail). Profiles
and colors are many and
vary throughout the wood flooring industry. Here are some examples of wood
Molding Applications Detail
Base- 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
Round-Shoe Molding -- one quarter of a full
round; from 1/2" to 1"; used as shoe in some areas that range 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
Related page: Hardwood
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Wood Floor Molding Profiles
Stairs, Steps, Treads &
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.
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