One of the most frequent questions I get asked by my customers is “why do we need the shoe molding or quarter round?” They ask “can we just go all the way to the baseboard with the flooring, and eliminate the cost of shoe molding?”
The answer is NO. And it is not because we don’t want you to save money, but because we NEED to leave some space between the hardwood floor and the baseboard. Avoid water damage – poorly installed tile or grout allows water to seep into cracks. Mold and mildew finds those damp places, we make sure to use the best Water Proof Flooring Adhesive for your flooring installation.
The answer is NO. And it is not because we don’t want you to save money, but because we NEED to leave some space between the hardwood floor and the baseboard.
If we don’t leave the necessary space and the hardwood expands, the new floor would push into the baseboard. This can create two problems. The first is the baseboard might become loose at the top where it is attached to the wall and separate from the sheetrock. In the second and most common scenario, the pieces would buckle up in the middle, forming raised areas of the floor. Buckling would result in very expensive repairs.
This is why shoe molding/quarter round is necessary in an installation.
Hardwood Floors, Dunwoody, GA
Ameri Floors stayed in contact with me concerning the job and provided me with a quote that was better than two other companies.
The job started on time and the overall experience was great. The workers provided me with stain options on site and explained again the process of rebuilding my stairwell with wood floors.
We ate lunch and the job was complete early. I am pleased with my new stairwell and the quality of service provided by this business. I highly recommend giving them the opportunity to meet your flooring needs.