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Old 03-15-2008, 10:53 PM   #1
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Installing Real Touch quarter round


I removed the baseboards and installed a Dupont Real Touch laminate floor. I had new baseboards installed and there is no expansion gap showing but there are slight gaps between the laminate and the baseboard. It was suggested to use either a colored caulking or quarter round. I bought the Real Touch quarter round but it is a laminate also and I do not know how to leave the open ends. The raw material is green and not very appealing. Any advice would be appreciated.

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3 options

1) Cut a return, a tiny piece to cover the end, just as if you were going around an outside corner. Glue it to the end of the 1/4 round, with lam. trim, pieces that small tend to blow apart when nailing.

2) If the trim color is dark, stain the end piece, will not match exactly, but will look better.

3) Best option, take it back, and get 1/4 round that matches the baseboards. For the most professional look, the 1/4 round and baseboard should be the same material and finish, no matter what the floor color is.

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How large are the gaps?
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Thanks for the replies. I like the look of the quarter round matching the floor. I am trying to keep costs down so buying real cherry quarter round would be cost prohibitive but I have not looked into it.

The largest gap is 1/16th of an inch.




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Just my opinion but I don't like quarter round. For a nice seal I would use white chalking, using a damp cloth clean off all excess to about the 1/16. Looks like your trim is white and will look great.
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If you like the un-pro look then option 1 or 2. I would not suggest caulk, as you would have to re-do it occasionaly. As the floating floor expands and contracts with the seasons it will eventually pull away the caulking. White 1/4 round would look the best, to me anyway. Just my opinion as a flooring installer of 28yrs. It is your house, so whatever looks best to you is the best option. By the way, I like your choice of floor color, looks very nice.
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Thank you very much. I appreciate the input. I think I am going to try the caulk first and then I can always add the quarter round later. I will be taking the laminate quarter round back as if I use quarter round I will use white as Boz suggested.

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