Here is a pic where the installer sloped the baseboard after installation—and not surprisingly, his work ended up in a floor inspection:

If the 4-1/2” wall would have been painted dark like the hallway it wouldn’t have been as noticeable. But what’s the proper way to make this change in base height in a situation such as this after the floor installation?

There are three ways this could have been addressed at the time of estimating;

1. Show the customers a photo of what an the angled baseboard looks like on a wall like that.

2. Where the hardwood was added, rip the baseboard down to the same height around the corner until it dies into a dead-ended wall. Yes, it will appear shorter just like the exposed area over the carpet, which you have to get approval for. Hint: Always rip base 1/8” wider so it will cover the existing paint line—on the 4-1/2” wall, 1/8” is easy to hide.

3. Use a “baseboard outside corner block,” which is easy to install. These can be easily located at your custom millwork shops.

Estimators should have these images in their portfolio with them to show the there different styles available to the customer for their approval. This clears the air and creates clear expectations regarding what the customer wants to see when the floor is complete.



Roy Reichow

Roy Reichow has 50 years of experience in the wood flooring industry as a wood flooring expert. He was the first of three people to acquire all NWFA education credits and all five certifications including Inspector and Commercial Inspector. Roy has served on the NWFACP board of directors as well as past chairman. Roy founded National Wood Floor Consultants Inc. (NWFC) in 2001, a wood floor inspection/consultation firm. NWFC services include mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting and expert testimony for wood flooring design, flooring construction specifications, insurance and installation compliance claims. NWFC has extensive experience and expertise in performing wood floor evaluations/inspections including forensics, diagnostics, and investigations related to design, installation and construction defects.  Roy has authored many articles published in Wood Floor Business magazine as well as other trade publications. He is a national presenter at various conferences and leads educational seminars for wood floor professionals.