Baseboard Question with Laminate

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Old 03-24-17, 11:58 AM
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Baseboard Question with Laminate

I had laminate flooring installed in three rooms and the baseboards were supposed to be put back on the wall covering the laminate. Once the installers were finished, I started putting the baseboards back on and they left gaps in different places in each room that the baseboards will not cover. Their solution to fix is going to be install a small board at the bottom of the wall to kick out the bottom of the baseboard to provide coverage. Has anyone used this method to cover problems with laminate install? I am worried about the looks of it since the bottom will be extended more than the top. Am I going to Ok in the long run letting them do this method, or will I better off buying new baseboards with a wide enough bottom to cover? Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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Old 03-24-17, 12:03 PM
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You can always install base shoe as long as you dont angle your nails down into the laminate.
 
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Old 03-24-17, 03:46 PM
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I agree. Base shoe would look better.
 
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Old 03-24-17, 04:28 PM
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You can always install base shoe
That is the norm with hard floorings, now just dont ask if the color of he shoe is the same as the floor or the base cuz that was a BIG discussion recently, one that I started!!!
 
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As stated above,shoe molding is the norm. I think it often looks odd when it's not used. I prefer to take a small roller and apply the primer, sand and roll on the first coat of enamel prior to installation.
 
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Old 03-25-17, 03:44 AM
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The gap they left is for expansion/contraction and is totally normal. Some floors recommend larger gaps than others. Make sure you install shoe molding and not quarter round. Quarter round is too chunk in my opinion for flooring applications but it is done all the time. I think it looks more polished with shoe.
 
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I also dislike quarter round, IMO it looks like it's hiding a gap that was too big from from poor craftsmanship [not that it's always the reason]
 
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Old 03-25-17, 08:47 AM
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quarter round was the standard for years. Most of the houses built in the late 1800s early 1900s have finished oak floors with 12" high baseboard and quarter round. The baseboard in my 100+ year old house is 16" tall oak with quarter round and I have oak floors.
 
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Old 03-25-17, 10:45 AM
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Maybe a regional thing, is there something different between 1/4 round vs shoe?
 
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Old 03-25-17, 11:09 AM
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No, the name is not regional. Which product is preferred and used might be. 1/4 round, as the name indicates, is 1/4 of a circle. So it will be symetrical... 1/2 x 1/2 or 3/4 x 3/4.

Base shoe generally refers to a trim that is not symetrical, usually 1/2 x 3/4.

https://www.floorstoyourhome.com/lea...-Base-Shoe.jpg
 
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Old 03-25-17, 07:23 PM
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quarter round is convex, shoe is generally concave.
 
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Old 03-25-17, 07:39 PM
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Cove molding is concave. Never seen it used in place of a shoe molding, but I suppose "someone" might.
 
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Old 03-26-17, 04:05 AM
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OK, have seen that, didn't notice it had a different name, always thought it was just a cheap version for quarter round.
 
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I've run into cove mold on the base a couple of times but it definitely isn't the norm.
 
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