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Hardwood Floor Moldings. Types, Uses, Where?

What Kind Of Moldings Do I Need?

Types of moldings will depend on what type of installation you're dealing with. For instance, a floor that will be sanded and finished onsite generally does not come with actual moldings. Often the installer will cut the trim moldings from the actual hardwood being used to a desired shape with a table saw. Once the installer leaves it's up to the floor finisher to smooth and shape them. Stair nosing, baseboard and or quarter round excluded.

Prefinished Floors

Nearly all major prefinished flooring manufacturers provide color coordinated trim moldings. Some may not manufacturer their own, but passing off their needs to a company that specializes in trim moldings only. The illustrations below are provided by Artistic Finishes whose products can only be obtained through flooring dealers. A complete list of hardwood species can be seen at the bottom of the page

1

Name: T-Molding

General Uses: The 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

2

Name: 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 of a design aspect than anything.

General Measurements:
Width: 2"
Height: will vary with thickness of flooring.
Lengths: 78 inches

3

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

4

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

5

Name: Baby Threshold, Threshold
General Uses: Common uses included at sliding door areas where expansion is needed. Can also be used to transition with carpet.

General Measurements:
Width: 2 1/8"
Height: 7/8"- other heights available. Bottom tab varies with thickness. Lengths: 78 inches

6

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

7

Name: Overlap Stair Nosing, Bull Nose
General Uses: Used with some floating floors on steps and landing areas where expansion areas is needed.

General Measurements:
Width: 3 1/4"
Height: 1"- other heights available.
Lengths: 78 inches

8

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

9

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

10

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 inches

11

Name: Wall Base, Baseboard

General Uses: Installed on finished wall where expansion space is needed.

General Measurements:
Width: 7/16"
Height: 3 1/2"
Lengths: 84 inches