I just had glue-down prefinished hardwood flooring installed in a good
part of my home. Quarter round was added and attached to the existing
baseboards- both quarter round and baseboards are painted white.
In some areas, a gap between the quarter round and flooring is
visible. While this could be a fault of the installer, they did a
wonderful job on everything else, and I tend to think it is related to
the fact that none of the walls in the house are the slightest bit
straight (very poor recent Florida construction.)
I tried to caulk this joint but it quickly became a mess- maybe I just
don't know how to caulk correctly but it seems rather impossible to
get a nice clean line, especially since the caulk line is very visible
against the darker wood floor.
What is the solution? Is it customary to caulk this joint between the
hardwood floor and the shoe moulding? Or, does a person just deal
with the occasional gaps that exist between the shoe and the flooring?
Thanks ahead of time
This is one of those things where the fix will look worse
than the problem 90% of the time. And as time passes, you
will notice it less and less unless you keep *looking* for
it. Stop that! <g>
Old saying in my family (and maybe lots of other families?)
which is probably considered politically incorrect these days,
but who cares. There is no disrespect meant, so here it is:
"A blind man would be glad to see it."
"Izheet" is right. But if you insist, go to Home Depot or Lowes for some
non-wooden quarter-round that is slightly more flexible and will conform to
the crooked floor. It's a plastic-y fiberous composite material that looks
quite decent. Pre-paint it, then install.
Yeah, okay... I think you guys are right. I did some of the finishing
work on the trim last night... filling nail holes and caulking the top
side between the quarter round and the baseboard. As a whole now it
doesn't appear to be a big deal. Being an perfectionist isn't such a
good trait when doing home repairs. Thanks for the advice-
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