How to Choose the Right Baseboards for Your House

Wooden baseboards in different colors

Replacing baseboards that have been subjected to years of wear and tear might seem like a minor task. The truth is it is a renovation project that can make a dramatic change to the home’s overall look and feel. It can also increase a home’s value.

To make sure that you get the best from such a project, it pays to be a smart buyer. Baseboards come in a wide variety of materials, styles, and finishes. Here are a few tips for finding the best baseboard for your home:

Know the Materials

There are several types of wood baseboards to choose from. The most common options are MDF (medium density fiberboard), pine, and oak. Pine is known for its versatility as a baseboard, while oak is favored for its naturally beautiful grain. MDF is manufactured wood and is known for being inexpensive. MDF baseboards are painted and can’t be stained. Other options include poplar, fir, and maple. Vinyl baseboard is used as an alternative to its wooden counterparts.

Choose Your Style

While there are countless options, all baseboards fall under five major styles. Traditional baseboards have simple, standard designs that can suit just about any property. The country style is known for taller boards matched with quarter-rounds. Go for the Victorian style if you want to make a statement. Victorian baseboards have elaborate and sophisticated details. The craftsman style features curves, adding an element of smoothness. Modern baseboards are a great choice if you want something sleek and elegant to go with your existing home style.

Do Your Homework

Learn more about the styles available for you. It is wise to check out options from home improvement stores, lumberyards, and suppliers. An online search will also give you a lot of ideas and even instructions in case you want to do a DIY installation.

Lastly, look for a dealer that provides a good range of products and services. Go for one with high regard for quality–a supplier you can build a good relationship with–so that you know where to go when similar home improvement needs arise in the future.