How Do You Install Wood Floors With Baseboard In Place?
The normal process for installing a wood floor is to remove all the floor trim (base board and quarter round), lay the floor leaving an expansion gap’ between the floorboards and the wall and cover that gap by re-installing the baseboard and quarter round over it. However, if your baseboard has a flat span of at least 2 inches at the bottom, you can leave it in place, removing only the quarter round from the baseboard and re-install the quarter round at a slightly higher position. This simplifies things because you do not have to pull trim off the wall. With your hammer and pry bar, carefully remove the quarter-round trim from the baseboard. Make sure not to break it as you remove it. Pull the nails out of the trim and set it aside. Leave the baseboard in place. Set your first course of hardwood floorboards alongside the base trim on the longest wall in the room, with the grooved side of the boards facing the wall. Set the boards so there is about a 3/8-inch gap between the edge of the