You may not have considered the baseboards inside your garage. Yet, as you will soon see, these baseboards serve very important functions as well as providing an aesthetic touch.
First, let’s begin with a working definition of baseboards so everyone is on the same page here. The baseboard is, in its most general sense, the covering over the lowest part of an interior wall. You may encounter different terms for this wall covering; everything from skirting board, floor molding, or even a mopboard. In most cases the baseboard is constructed of wood, no matter which name is used. In your garage, you will find the baseboard (if there is one installed) at the bottom end of the walls at the floor level. Typically, the baseboard is from 4” to 6” in height.
The baseboard in your garage serves a couple of functions. Perhaps the most important function is that of protection. If your baseboard is installed properly, it protects the interior of your garage from foreign invasion. To understand why this is important, consider how your garage is built. You have a vertical wall sitting on top of a concrete floor. The joint (seam) between the wall and the floor is typically 1/16” to 1/8”.
If left unsealed, this joint can become a liability. For example, no matter how small, insects will consider an unsealed floor joint to be an open invitation to come on in. Also, depending on the exterior structure of your home, an unsealed floor joint could become a source of water getting inside (water intrusion). The answer of course is to make sure this joint is properly sealed. During a garage flooring makeover, our professional installation team carefully applies a caulking compound to this joint before any baseboard is installed.
Another function of your garage baseboard is aesthetics. In other words, with a garage flooring makeover, many homeowners choose to finish the floors with a baseboard trim.
Since the typical garage for a new home does not have baseboards installed, a garage renovation project is the perfect time to look at how baseboards will enhance your garage. When considering new baseboards in your garage there are a few options you will want to keep in mind. You will notice that your floor has a slight slope. This slope is required by the building codes used when your home is built. This slope angles outwards, towards the exterior of your garage for proper drainage. However, a sloping floor means we need to consider the floor slope when applying a new baseboard.
There are a few options to think about when you plan for your new baseboard. Not surprisingly, the first choice you have is material. Do you want to install a wooden baseboard or are you interested in a different material? For example, some enthusiasts will install punched aluminum (often referred to as diamond plate). Others choose to install a wooden baseboard, but they request a specific paint color or finish.
One option you definitely want to keep in mind is continuing the floor covering all the way up the baseboard. The polyaspartic coating we use here at Nuvo Garage can be applied directly to your new baseboard. With this option, you are left with a seamless finish from your garage floor all the way up to the top of the baseboard.
One more choice you have with your new baseboard is how you want the baseboard to look along the floor. In other words, do you want the baseboard to follow the slope of the floor exactly? Or, would you prefer it to keep it square and level so that your eye doesn’t notice the natural slope of a garage floor? Also, as hinted at above, there is always the choice for custom baseboard heights. Some people choose to have their baseboard extended further up the interior wall to meet the slatwall. Or, some people choose to install punched aluminum wainscoting which reaches waist height. The advantage of a custom height, especially with the choice of diamond plate is that your interior walls are much better protected from interior damage from errant tools or toys. If you enjoy washing your vehicles inside the garage, a punched aluminum wainscoting will protect drywall from getting wet.
As you can see, baseboards serve very useful functions in your garage. Accordingly, if you are looking to makeover your garage, remember to consider your baseboards.