Shoe Molding – South Texas Flooring 713-660-9189

Shoe Molding. South Texas Flooring Company 713-660-9189. Shoe molding refers to the long strips of trim that run along a wood floor at the juncture between the floor and the baseboard. Shoe molding is sometimes referred to as quarter-round, although technically shoe molding is slightly smaller than quarter-round molding. The shoe molding is used to cover the gap that is between the floor and the baseboard, and give the perimeter of the floor a more finished appearance. The use of shoe molding also allows a floor technician to sand the wood flooring as close to the baseboard as possible without having to be concerned about scuffs or marks that the sander might leave on the bottom of the baseboard, because the molding will be installed after the sanding and will cover any such marks. Shoe mold is typically stained the same color as the floor upon installation; however, it’s not unusual to see shoe mold painted the color of the baseboards, especially in a house that has had the baseboards repainted numerous times over the life of the house.

Another note – it is mentioned above that there will be a gap between the floor boards and the baseboards.  This gap indicates that the flooring has been installed correctly.  A trained floor installer knows to leave a gap of 1/4″ to 3/4″ at the perimeter of the wood floor, to allow for expansion of the flooring.  Newly installed wood flooring will immediately begin to absorb moisture from the surrounding environment, and will expand as a result.  The gap is the expansion room – if no gap, then the floor boards will push against each other, causing the floor to buckle or “cup” in the open area of the room.  After many years, wood flooring becomes more stable, but always will continue to expand in warm, moist seasons, as well as shrink in dry, cool seasons, especially in heated houses.