How To Install Rubber Cove Base Moulding

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Well, you totally made my day with all the love for our stained concrete floors!  It's truly one of my favorite projects in the Momplex so far - even though there was no sawdust involved.  

Did you notice the base moulding we installed too?

What a difference it made!  I love how the crisp white trim accented this floor!

No sawdust involved there too.  What is happening to me???

We choose to use rubber base moulding for the basement of this side of the Momplex.  Here's why:

- Flexibility.  Concrete floors are never perfectly level.  Ours is pretty good (good enough to not need an extra layer of self leveling concrete), but not perfect.  So when you install wood moulding on the concrete floor, any high or low points mean your wood base moulding won't meet up, or big gaps underneath the base moulding.  There are ways around this (like coping out the bottom of the moulding or raising the moulding all the way around), but we love the flexibility of rubber moulding.

- Waterproof.  There's good reason you see rubber moulding in commercial kitchens and bathrooms.  It's waterproof, so it resists rot and fungus growth.  Not a bad choice for a basement, making it easier to mop out, or cheap insurance should an upstairs toilet overflow or the pipes freeze up on you while you are on vacation.

- Indestructible.  Unlike wood moulding, which will over time accummulate dents and scratches from stuff bumping into it (and by stuff I really mean kids and possibly Mom moving furniture by herself - don't tell on me), rubber moulding is pretty much indestructible.  Bring on the wheelie bugs and knee boards!

- Inexpensive.  The stuff we bought is about half the cost of the wood base moulding.

- No Finishing Required.  Filling nail holes, sanding, and painting base moulding is quite a chore.  With rubber base moulding, there is no fastners required - you just glue it to the wall and it's done.

- New Profiles and Colors.  If you want fancier trim, rubber base moulding actually comes in different profiles to mimic the look of wood mouldings, and even in wood grain colors.  I was pretty suprised at what you can get!

- Easy Installation.  All you need is a utility knife and adhesive to install this stuff.  I'd recommend knee pads or borrowing your kids wheelie board.

We put together a new video on how easy this stuff is to install - 

And for those of you who can't get video, here's the jist of it:

We bought the four foot long pieces, and just layed them out throughout the room.

Then we applied adhesive to the backs of the moulding - it's a special adhesive formulated just for rubber base moulding.  There's also a special spreader tool that you can buy, but we didn't.

Then you just place the moulding on the wall,

And press firmly to remove any air pockets.  

For inside corners, you score the back and notch out the base as shown below:

We didn't have any outside corners to do, but they are pretty easy to do.  Find the corner, score it, and remove about 1/4 of the material at the corner on the back side (to allow for the base to bend inward).  You can use a hair dryer to heat the moulding up so it will bend around the corner.  Alternatively, you can purchase corners to match the moulding itself.

As much as I love all things made of wood, we love how this rubber cove base moulding turned out!  Maybe not the right choice upstairs, but for a bonus room, mudroom and garage in a basement?  It's perfect.

So what do you think?  Have you installed this stuff before?  Love it or hate it?  

XO Ana + Family

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Just tiled my friend's bathroom, and we're stuck on the moulding! Can't decide if we want to tile it or do wooden baseboards. I recommended this to her, but got a big fat, "NO!" (in the most polite way, of course ;-))

Maybe I can change her mind with this post. It would make our lives so much easier!

Looks good! I love that you chose a durable finish for the garage, that it was easy to install AND that it looks good!!

In every house I've lived in prior to this one, we had either tile or rubber baseboards in the bathroom. This house has wood there, and I HATE it! Putting wood along the floor in the wettest rooms in the house is not something I will ever do by choice. I didn't know you could buy it retail, and now I'm seriously considering some bathroom updating. My husband will not thank you! :)

I really love the look of your rubber moulding with the concrete floors. My concrete floors look almost identical to these (but uh - were 4x the cost! Yikes!) and we chose to use 1x4 cedar for trim, which is pretty pricey. I still love the look, but I also find the white really attractive. You're right, it really does make the floors pop! You did a fantastic job all around, as usual. Way to go Team Ana!

Thanks for posting this, I've been wondering what I should use for baseboards in my garage/shop. I think this will work great! Question though....doing a quick search on the Lowes website, it appears that they have rolls of 120-ft...why did you only use 4-ft lengths?

Hi, thanks! Yes, we just used the off the shelf 4' sections. We had originally intended to go the 120 roll route, but they didn't have any white in stock. But we found the 4' sections are much easier to work with than the 120' roll and you can barely see seams between the 4' pieces.

When we had some flooring redone downstairs in the aftermath of a pipe break, I chose rubber flooring (mine is in this style: for the bathroom and laundry areas to avoid any further replacements no matter what.

We're on wells and septic, too, and every few years, tanks pumped or not, that downstairs toilet barfs sewage. It has only happened once since the rubber flooring went in, but the cleanup, disgusting as it was, was made much simpler by the new flooring. And it's much easier to sanitize afterward, too. Just makes me feel much better all round.

What I wish I'd thought of was using the rubber molding. I imagine they'd have had it to match the flooring if I'd asked for it at the time. Another good job, you guys!


Ive been interested in staining the concrete floor in a screened in porch area but there is a crack in the concrete that runs down the middle of the room : ( Any ideas on how I could still stain my concrete without an ugly line down the middle?