Professional baseboard trim installation requires expert knowledge and precision. Some people think that they only need to cut the boards to size and place them in place. Far from this. In addition to having the cutting skills, you also need the necessary tools to do the job. For a professional job, hire a baseboard contractor to help you with the installation.
Guide to installing baseboards
There are two types of baseboards you can install: painted and non-painted. Installing painted baseboards is much easier. Before you begin the installation, ask a painting contractor to paint the board. You can also paint it on your own if you have the skills.
For a great look use a color that complements your floor. If you just installed a floor, you will have to use the trim to cover the crack left around the perimeter of the room.
To smoothly install the baseboard, you need to have the necessary tools. You will need a chop or miter saw to do it. You will also need a stud finder to help you with the nailing of the studs. It’s usually a challenge to install the trim on a dry wall as the wall doesn’t leave a gap of a few inches. This brings in the problem of nailing the bottom part of the baseboard.
The best way to fix this problem is to cut narrow strips of plywood that are of the same thickness as the drywall sheets and use them to fill the gap.
After you have cut and nailed the baseboard to the walls, it’s common to find uneven crack lines along the top of the baseboard. To fix this problem, experts recommend that you do caulking. When applying the material take caution that you don’t use too much of it. You also should fill the set holes with wood filler or caulking.
Installing non-painted baseboards is harder as you can’t use the caulking to hide the cracks or hide any errors you might have made during the installation. You should install the unit in such a way that the baseboard lies flat against the wall.
These are tips on how to install the various types of baseboards. As mentioned, installing painted baseboards is easier thus before you begin the project, hire local painting contractors to paint them. As rule of thumb, use a color that complements the look of your house.