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The Types Of Baseboards
Mar 19, 2018

The Types of Baseboards

Baseboards styles are available in some materials. Each material has its benefits and drawbacks and, of course, differs in price. You need to know what kind of baseboard you are looking for so that you can prepare your budget.


Old-Fashioned baseboards

Old-fashioned baseboards are still used today although they are not as preferable as they used to be.

An old-fashioned baseboard is usually 4 or 6 inches in width and made of pine or fir. It is usually used along with plinth block, a 1x4x6 inches vertical block standing beside the doorways.


  • It can provide a Victorian style to your house.


  • It can be a bit pricey.

  • Hardwood

Hardwood baseboards

Hardwood baseboards styleHardwood baseboards styles is one of the most ubiquitous baseboards. Despite being more expensive than many other baseboards, many homeowners prefer to use it because it can accentuate the luxurious of the interior design of their house. Besides, hardwood baseboard is very easy to stain and fits in with the existing molding well.

However, the prices of hardword are varied depending on the wood species. Mostly, hardwood baseboard is made of oak tree. And it has a superb quality.

Hint: It will be better to purchase hardwood baseboard which has the same color and species as your wood floors.


  • Hardwood baseboard never fails to give elegant look to your house.

  • The installation is cheap and easy. It only needs a few tools and everyone can do it well.

  • It is very easy to stain.


  • It somewhat costs an arm and a leg.

  • It can’t be painted easily since it absorbs the paint.

  • It can be easily damaged by scratches.

  • Plastic

Plastic baseboards

Plastic baseboards are quite similar to vinyl baseboards. They are easy to be colored and styled. It is not as easy as wood baseboards, though. Since plastic is produced massively, it is much cheaper than vinyl or wood baseboard. But it still does have some drawbacks.

Hint: Pre-drill every nail hole to ease the installation and avoid breaking the plastic baseboards.


  • Plastic baseboards are durable and less expensive.

  • They are not prone to rot and have mildew.


  • Plastic baseboards are not that flexible. They can be broken easily if you force them to follow the contour of the wall.

  • Since they are brittle, removing them without wreaking havoc is pie in the sky.

  • The slick surface will make you unable to apply latex paint very well without leaving brush marks.

  • They are not environmentally friendly.

  • Composites

Composites baseboards

Composite baseboards styles are usually made of the combination of wood chips, saw dust, and adhesive. They do not look like woods but they can bend better than wood baseboards. In addition to being able to bend easily, they are also less expensive than hardwood baseboards. And they are even the most inexpensive of all.

Hint: To get a better result when you want to paint composite baseboards, try covering the flaws near the nail holes by filling them using nail filler, either putty or patch. Then re-prime them with an acrylic primer. Then, sand them lightly and clean the dusty layer.


  • It is inexpensive.

  • It can be painted and stained.


  • It is weaker than hardwood. Thus, if you aren’t careful when installing it, you will make it crack or split.

  • Since it isn’t as dense as hardwood baseboards, you have to use more nails during the installation.

  • It is prone to droop in the middle if you do not nail it properly.