Baseboards are wooden molding pieces that go around the bottoms of walls as they meet a floor. Baseboards are usually made of various kinds of wood, although some are made of laminate, plastic or other materials. There’s also another kind of molding, crown molding, that goes around the walls where they meet the ceiling.
Baseboards and Thresholds
In general, baseboards apply to walls. Where there is a doorway, a separate kind of molding, called a threshold, is often used. Property owners generally use a different material, a thinner, flatter molding, to create the threshold that protects flooring where inhabitants walk through a doorway. Often, in property maintenance and renovations, baseboards and threshold will be handled together, in order to preserve the overall style of the building.
In order to install, maintain and possibly extract baseboards, builders use different kinds of fasteners to secure the wood or other molding to the wall. Getting cuts and sizes right is extremely important, since the small molding parts have to fit together correctly and match the floor surface.
Dealing with baseboards requires the right skills and tools to practice this kind of decorative interior carpentry. Changing baseboards and thresholds can add to the attraction of a house or other property.