Installing & Finishing Baseboards: How To Install Baseboard

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Baseboards, which are installed along the bottoms of walls, not only serve as architectural accents for the room, they also hide structural defects and rough edges.

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Choices to consider
Baseboards conceal the gap between the wall and the floor, whether you've selected wood, tile, carpet, or some other material. These moldings come in many choices of styles and contours but are often a simple design paired with a length of quarter round at the floor. Choose the wood for your baseboard according to the kind of finish you'll apply and to complement other woods used in the room.

Trim lumber, as shown right, differs in several ways from lumber used in framing. It's drier (less subject to warping), has fewer defects (the number depends on the grade), and costs more.

Softwoods, such as redwood, cedar, pine, fir, and spruce, are cut from coniferous evergreen trees. They are light and easy to work with.

Hardwoods, such as oak, ash, poplar, walnut, and cherry, are produced by broadleaf, deciduous trees. They offer stability, strength, machining predictability, and resistance to abuse. As hardwood trees are not as abundant as softwood trees in North America, their lumber is more costly.

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