Floor Moldings, Which is Which

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This post may be a little long, but bear with me, I promise, there’s lots of useful info!  When you choose to redo your floor, it’s sort of like baking a cake.  You spend a lot of time trying to get it just right.  When it comes out the way you want, it’s even more exciting.  How do you finish it off?  With icing of course!  And that’s what floor moldings are best used for, finishing off your floor.  They give it a polished finish.  The only problem is, which molding do you use where?  There are so many to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming about which to use.  Here is a list of moldings, uses, and where it should be used.  Hopefully this will help you learn more about moldings and help you choose which is best for you. 

T-Molding

  • Name: T-Molding
  • General Uses: The t-molding is used mostly between tiled surfaces and wood floors.  Also used for connecting to existing wood floors.
  • General Measurements: Width: 2"; Height: 5/8"; Lengths: 78 inches
  • ReducerName: Reducer, One Sided Reducer, Flush Reducer
  • General Uses: Used mostly with floor coverings of lower vertical heights such as vinyl or concrete.  Sometimes used around fireplaces and other fixed objects while becoming more a design aspect than anything.
  • General Measurements: Width: 2"; Height: Will vary with thickness of flooring; Lengths: 78 inches

Overlap Reducer

  • Name: Overlap Reducer
  • General Uses: Used mostly with floating floors to other floor coverings with lower vertical heights.  Also used to transition carpet and floating floors.
  • General Measurements: Width: 2-1/4"; Height: Will vary with thickness of flooring; Lengths: 78 inches

Bi-level Reducer

  • Name: Bi-level Reducer
  • General Uses: Used for transitioning solid 3/4" hardwood floors to lower vertical heights such as ceramic tile.  Can also be used with carpeting.
  • General Measurements: Width: 2-1/4"; Height: 3/4"; Lengths: 78 inches

Threshold

  • Name: Threshold, Baby Threshold
  • General Uses: Common uses include at sliding door areas where expansion is needed.  Can also be used to transition to carpet.
  • General Measurements: Width: 2-1/8"; Height: 7/8" – other heights available.  Bottom tab varies with thickness; Lengths: 78 Inches

  End Cap

  • Name: End Cap, Square Nose
  • General Uses: Similar functions as a baby threshold provides.
  • General Measurements: Width: 1-9/16"; Height: 7/8"; Lengths: 78 Inches

Overlap Stair Nosing

  • Name: Overlap Stair Nosing, Bull Nose
  • General Uses: Used with some floating floors on steps and landing areas where expansion area is needed.
  • General Measurements: Width: 3-1/4"; Height: 1" – other heights available; Lengths: 78 Inches

Square Edge Stair Nosing

  • Name: Flush/Square Edge Stair Nosing, Bull Nose
  • General Uses: Used for transition when placing plank or strip on stairs, landings or step downs.
  • General Measurements: Width: 3-1/8"; Height 13/16" – will vary with other floor thicknesses; Lengths: 78 Inches

Quarter Round

  • Name: Quarter Round
  • General Uses: Used against baseboard, toe kicks, and other fixed objects.
  • General Measurements: Width: 3/4"; Height: 3/4"; Lengths: 84 Inches

Shoe Molding

  • Name: Shoe Molding
  • General Uses: Similar functions as quarter round provides but has a less pronounced appearance.
  • General Measurements: Width: 1/2"; Height: 3/4"; Lengths: 84 InchesBaseboard
  • Name: Baseboard, Wall Base
  • General Uses: Installed on finished wall where expansion space is needed.
  • General Measurements: Width: 7/16"; Height: 3-1/2"; Lengths: 84 Inches
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