Why Install a Bamboo Baseboard

May 31, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring Trim and Accessories Tutorial, Uncategorized

You’ve done heaps of research on the merits of bamboo floors, and now it’s time to install. Of course, there are always things that haven’t been accounted for… things like flooring accessories, or simply, trim.

Why do you need trim?
Trim can be used to give a decorative element, protect the walls, cover the expansion gap between the floor and the wall, or to add a finishing touch to your intended flooring look. Some types of Trim offered at Smith&Fong Co. include: stair nosing, reducers, t-molding, baseboards, base shoes, thresholds, and stair steps.

This post is focused on the baseboard.  Baseboards are an easy way to add an expressive touch to any room in addition to its utilitarian uses.  Baseboards are know by several names such as, skirting boards, skirting, mopboards, floor moulding, or base moulding.  It’s generally used to cover the perimeter between the floor and the wall.  However, it also protects the wall from kicks, damage from furniture, and abrasion.

Pictured above: Plyboo’s Edge Grain Baseboard

As previously mentioned, using a baseboard covers the expansion gap between the floor and the wall.  If you’re installing the floor yourself, be mindful not to install the floor directly against the wall.  You’ll need an expansion gap for the floor to expand or your flooring may suffer “buckling,” when the planks lift upwards from the floor because there is no room to expand.  Buckling will be addressed later in our Maintenance Series.

Illustration of a baseboard covering the expansion gap.

Smith&Fong Co. offers baseboards for its Plyboo and Durapalm products.  To learn more, visit PlybooDirect.