Molding Types

Molding types are commonly used to complete home improvement projects or in the construction of new homes. When talking about molding, this would include crown molding, baseboards, quarter round, handrails, and much more. Today, you will find a huge selection of sizes, designs, materials, and more. Using one of the molding types available or creating a unique look by mixing and matching will create and new look in your home.

When discussing molding types, there is also the area related to hardwood flooring. Due to its magnificent look, durability, and longevity, more and more people are pitching the carpet and choosing hardwood. When cared for the right way, hardwood flooring will last and last while giving your home a warm, inviting look. To complete the look of hardwood flooring, different molding types of used.


The first of the molding types we want to address for flooring is the reducer. This special cut of wood is designed specifically for covering or hiding unfinished edges. Once the hardwood floor has been installed, the reducer would go over the wood to create a clean, professional look. Depending on the need, a flush or overlap reducer would be used. In this case of flush molding types, this is glued or nailed on whereas the overlap reducer works directly with whatever method is used for the hardwood floor installation.


Another option for molding types with hardwood flooring is the threshold, commonly used in doorways so there is a clean and smooth transition from room to room. Threshold molding is used to finish hardwood flooring in both rooms or as a type of closure or separator.


You will also find molding types such as this, which is used when there is a need to join hardwood floors between two rooms. For example, where threshold molding would offer transition for one room with carpet and another with hardwood flooring, the T-molding option does the same but for two rooms with hardwood. However, in the case of two rooms or spaces where the length is greater than 40 inches or the width more than 30 inches, this is one of the molding types that expands joints.

Quarter Round

Whenever new flooring is installed with the exception of carpeting, the installer would leave a small gap between the floor and the wall. This space is where the baseboard is installed but then to finish off the look and to give the floor a cohesive look, small molding called quarter round is installed at the base of the baseboard.

Wall Base

The final mention for molding types is known as wall base molding. If you have a room that needs to be dressed up, giving it a professional and sophisticated touch, then wall base molding would be the solution. Similar to quarter round, this molding adds more flare at the wall's base.