I am installing a floating floor (click-lock). The molding is all coming off anyway. Can I use just molding to hold the floating floor down or must I use molding AND quarter-round??
Most molding (skirting board) is 3/8" thick. You need a 1/4 inch gap around the floor to allow for expansion due to moisture. So if you're going up right against the drywall, you'll have a problem with getting molding thick enough to cover it (minor variations in the gap WILL show).
One alternative is to buy the stuff they sell as window/door casing which is usually closer to 3/4" thick on one edge. This is a bit pricier, and can look a bit heavy.
An attractive alternative, which can give you a nice look is to use door stop instead of quarter round. This is basically the same as using quarter round, but it's smaller and lighter, and doesn't encroach on the floor as much.
However, if your drywall doesn't come all the way down to the floor (usually a basement scenario) then as long as you have that quarter inch gap under the drywall free and clear, you should be ok with just ordinary skirting board.
No you never need to use quarterround. I try to do all installs without using it.
2 best options:
- Slice out the bottom .25-.5 inch of drywall so that your flooring has the proper expansion gap.
- Buy trim that is thicker and will cover expansion gap.
Also you should never press down trim on flooring - it can be gently set on it. If you do press down on flooring you can see some interesting results in a year or two after humidity changes in the house.
Gravity should be holding your floor down. Moulding should be mostly decorative in that sense.
So, use whatever you prefer aesthetically.