Base molding becomes essential when one desires to cover the gap that may exist between the wall and the floor during construction. Additionally, it facilitates future construction work between the floor and the wall, simplifying the process. Primarily, it functions as a protective cover, shielding the wall from any potential movement of objects near the joint, such as furniture. Regular installation is crucial to ensure the joint remains intact, sealing any gaps and preventing damage to the edge of the floor or the wall.
Base molding can be crafted differently depending on the type of house where it will be installed. For example, chair rail, one of the most commonly used types of base molding, finds widespread use in both residential and commercial properties. Strips of plastic or wood are common materials for crafting these moldings. In commercial settings, plastic base moldings are preferred for their durability, as they resist moisture and water absorption, preventing expansion or contraction that could lead to faster wear and tear. Personalization options, such as painting or decorating, are also available to suit individual preferences for business or residential needs.
Installation of base moldings is a straightforward process.
Begin by determining the size and shape of the molding needed, and measuring the length of the wall where it will be installed. If the wall is longer than the available material, joining pieces can be done while maintaining a visually appealing appearance. Painting or decorating the molding is optional to match primary or secondary preferences. When replacing old base moldings, remove them with care, preparing the site by ensuring it is clean.
Removing base moldings is as simple as installing them, and the effort or time involved depends on the materials used during installation. For example, wooden moldings can be removed using a chisel, ensuring caution is exercised to avoid damaging the wall or floor. Concrete-based moldings require more effort for complete removal. It’s important to note that molding is not limited to the base of the house where the walls meet the floor but also extends to where the walls meet the ceiling, adding aesthetic value to the entire house.