Types of Trim

Flooring trim is an often overlooked necessity to consider during the design process even though it’s one of the most important components of a complete Flooring installation.

Trim serves primarily as a bridge. It’s main job is to cover the slight gap that is required for flooring expansion and contraction. It’s smart to allow as much expansion space as you can cover with the appropriate molding. It also joins different types of material where one meets the next. Just like with flooring, there are endless color and finish options but once you’ve selected your flooring material it comes down to whether you want to match your walls or match your floors. A color-coordinated trim can add visual space to a room while a painted trim matched to your baseboard can create architectural detail. We offer raw, primed, painted and stained moldings or coordinating moldings for any floor. These transitions pieces are adhered to the Subfloor or the Wall.

Here are the top 3 trims that we use in flooring installations and how to tell them apart:


Narrow, rounded trim that conceals the required space between the baseboard and the finished floor. It’s called “Quarter-Round” because at it’s cross-section it’s a quarter of a circle. It comes out about ¾” from the wall.

Shoemold “or Base Shoe”

Serves the same purpose as Quarter Round but has a slightly more narrow profile. At it’s cross-section it’s a quarter of an ellipse, and generally it comes out about ½” from the wall.


Also known as “Transition Molding,” the “T” is actually a reference to it’s shape, which looks like a “T.” This is used where two flooring materials of similar heights meet, like when the tile in a bathroom meets with the hardwood from the hallway.