An Insight into the Various Kinds of Baseboards

A baseboard is a trim that runs along the wall to cover any gaps left between the floor and the wall. Often, baseboards seem like small details until it comes to picking one. Then, you realize how vital they are to bringing style while being discreet to a room or even the whole house.

Dealing with baseboards in Brampton can be challenging. This is because molding baseboards will depend on aspects such as the style of the house, budget and the durability of material used. Baseboards can be made of wood, vinyl or any composites. Miskas Wood Products lists the various kinds.

The old-fashioned boards

In the earlier days, baseboards were a ¾ inch of fir or pine. The width ranged anywhere between 4 and 6 inches with a 3/8 inch radius at the top. Older homes still have these boards, mostly coated with enamel to preserve them further. Commonly called the ‘plinth block,’ this baseboard is usually installed beside doorways.


Any hardwood from maple to mahogany to oak can be used to profile baseboards. Most commercial producers also use pine. For added effect, these boards are stacked together. Typically, the pros install one piece of molding and add another one in the edge to form shadow lines.


Vinyl has a significant advantage when it comes to baseboards – it can be bent. This means that curves can be graceful or they can conform to any wall shape. If the vinyl fits well into the wall, it will not crack. Even though vinyl comes in as a white material, it can be painted to suit your tastes.

Sometimes, the professional may advise using composite moldings. They are the bending alternative to vinyl. In most of those cases, the composites will have a vinyl coating and are advisable because they do not stain easily. They also provide better thermal protection.