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Hardwood floor essentials: the issue of moulding

Posted on April 6th, 2012 In: Articles, Hardwood Floors Sanding Articles

When most people think about having a hardwood floor installed, they generally imagine a sea of flat, smooth planks laid parallel to one another.  In this vision, there is no other embellishment included.  While it is certainly possible to install a floor according to that simple model, in practice a large number of hardwood floors also include some form of moulding.  These essential elements for a well-presented floor help to make a wood floor look more elegant by providing for a smooth transition to other types of flooring.

Having a hardwood floor but up directly against carpet or vinyl is a bit unattractive, and it may also mean that people get their shoes caught on the sharp edge of an exposed floorboard.  This is obviously not a good situation, and in homes where people walk barefoot it can actually be a hazard.  The solution is to install a type of moulding known as a reducer.  These shaped and polished strips of wood are actually designed to provide a transition onto the hardwood flooring.  Reducer mouldings will cover the edge of the plank that would otherwise be exposed when the hardwood-covered area gives way to another type of flooring.

In addition to promoting safety, reducer mouldings also provide a bit of a finishing flourish that helps a floor to look completely done instead of still in the process of being laid down.  When a floor repair company comes to provide floor sanding services, the professionals will know how to deal with mouldings so that they are not damaged during the renovation process.

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