Do Baseboard shoe needed on newly levelled floors?

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Posted by: from San Antonio
1/17/2019 at 5:11:26 PM

Our floors were recently levelled to prepare for luxury vinyl flooring. The contractor is now saying we need to pay extra for shoe molding for the baseboards because the flooring was in such bad shape and uneven. I thought that would have been resolved when the floors were levelled. We prefer not to install a shoe. Should the baseboards need a shoe if the floors were just levelled?

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Steven from Fellows Flooring in New Hamburg
Date/Time1/18/2019 at 1:05:46 AM

If you floors were just leveled you don't not need shoe molding. It sounds like this guy is just trying to pinch some more money out of you. If anything you should not be paying for the leveling if it's not level.

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Date/Time1/18/2019 at 1:17:57 AM

Hello there.

If the floors were leveled you will

not need shoe molding especially with vinyl flooring.

If there is any small gap between the baseboards and the vinyl flooring the contractor or the painter will apply small beat of paintable caulking and paint it in same time with the baseboards everything should be and look fine without the shoe molding.

Hopefully everything will work out for you.


Midpoint Construction inc.

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Date/Time1/18/2019 at 2:03:54 AM

Hi based on what you said it may need to have the shoe molding done it depends on the space between the baseboard and the floor. And was the baseboard new as was the floor. If yes you may be able to get away with out the shoe molding if it s done properly.

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Date/Time1/18/2019 at 7:42:33 AM

Hi Trish

There are really two purposes for shoe mould.

One is to cover the imperfections in a uneven


Second is to hide the edge cut of the finished floor ( In your case it's vinyl )

If your baseboard is old stuff and a Full 3/4"

thickness ,this should cover most any type of finished floor, but if your baseboard is 1/2"

or less in thickness in most all cases you will require shoe mould to cover the edge of the vinyl. This all depends on how tight your flooring was put down next to the wall. You should be able to see if it is required or not.

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Date/Time1/18/2019 at 8:11:18 AM

Baseboards would have been present before any work and would have fit the old floor. The new floor can be installed and you don't have to put shoe BUT the shoe covers the gap that would be visible all the way around the working area and will make it look finished.

Keep in mind you can leave it but again it will visually look unfinished.

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time1/18/2019 at 9:37:48 AM

Hi Trish

Floor leveling refers to the surface of the floor where you may have an uneven board or a gap between boards or underlay. It does not necessarily mean the floor is level or without areas where the floor dips along the wall.

With that in mind were the baseboards removed for the installation of the floor? If not a molding may be required. Are the base boards 5" or taller there may be gaps between the baseboard and the floor, a shoe molding would cover any imperfections.

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Date/Time1/19/2019 at 5:24:48 PM


I always recommend shoe mold .

Looks better , more finished look and that moulding follows the shape of the subfloor.

Thank you

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Date/Time4/4/2019 at 8:50:16 PM

A Baseboard Show Moulding is essential for not just hiding the gap between the floor and the Base Cap but also from a cosmetic perspective even if your floor is level, it's always a great addition.

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