Floor Trim 101: The Types of Finishing Touches For Your Floor

Got a floor in need of trim (aka molding)? This guide will make you feel like an expert and help you ask the right questions when you’re shopping for trim.

Molding, schmolding. You got this.

Don’t see trim that suits you? Aside from looking into metal, stone, or rubber trim, you can contact your local carpenter to make something customized to your home’s needs.

Now, you need to know how to actually put all of this info to use. Here’s a brief introduction to floor trim installation to get you prepared for the big day.

You got your trim. You got your tools. Now, you need to know what to do with both. With these tips and links to installation resources, you’ll be putting the finishing touch on your floor in no time.

T-molding: Ensure that the height of the trim is the correct height for your flooring.

Flush reducer: Remember to pre-drill; attach by applying adhesive to the front edge of the molding.

Overlap reducer: Allow the floating floor to expand and contract by not attaching the reducer directly to the floating floor.

Bi-level reducer: Wait at least 24 hours for adhesive to dry—and use a weight to apply pressure.

Threshold: Measure the amount of space between the door and floor to determine the maximum thickness of the threshold. Otherwise, you may have to alter your door.

End cap: Be exact when marking your cut line based on your doorway’s dimensions.

Quarter round: Lightly mark your cut line to pinpoint in which direction you’ll be cutting.

Shoe molding: Use a manual saw instead of an electric or miter saw for a more accurate cut.

Overlap stair nose: If nailing, remember not to obstruct your flooring’s required expansion space.

For other installation tips, check out DIY Network and Today’s Homeowner.

You got your guide. Now create the floor of your dreams.

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