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Question DetailsAsked on 8/25/2013

Do the baseboards in your home need to be removed and lifted when installing new carpeting with a high grade pad?

We are having new flooring put in, and are trying to decide between wood floors or just get some new and better quality carpet. We were told that in order to put in the wood floors that the baseboards would have to be taken off and put back on again so the wood could go under them. Is this the same for installing carpet, too? Today, we were told that putting in a high quality pad with a high quality carpet will raise up to an inch and a half in height from what we have now and to keep that in mind with our doors in our home. But, we were told that taking off the baseboards to install the carpet is not necessary. Which is true?

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The padding stops short of the wall at the edge of the nail strip, because you do not want it over the nailing strip that holds the carpet in place. The nailing strip is tight alongside the wall, and the carpet is fastened down to the nail strip and then the edge tucked under the baseboard so there is no loose edge showing. Therefore, you do not have to raise the baseboard if it was installed with normal space underneath for carpet installation - typically a piece of scrap plywood or subfloor or baseboard is used as a gage during installation, so you see 3/8 and 1/2" space commonly, although I have seen as much as 1", which is too much for most carpets.

The only times I have seen baseboards raised for carpet was for a true afghan berber carpet about 1/2" thick by itself that just could not be jammed down under the baseboard that was there, and for carpet installation over existing laminate or hardwood.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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