baseboard tile resized 600Removing the baseboard before a new floor gets installed is a personal choice, but there are some floors I would remove it prior to installation, and some I would not.

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If you are getting new carpet, I would not remove it. The installers will use a knee kicker to stretch and tack the carpet down and the final appearance will look great.

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For other flooring surfaces, it is a personal choice. Removing baseboard and reinstalling it almost always looks cleaner for surfaces like ceramic tile, wood, and laminate (vinyl is a little different in that you can cut it right up to the baseboard and add some caulking, all without removing the baseboard).

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For wood and laminate flooring, if you choose to leave the baseboard in place, you will have gaps in between the end of the flooring and the baseboard. You cover this gap with quarter round molding. Some people don’t like the look of this extra molding. Personally, I would prefer not to have it, but you are adding a lot of work to remove and reinstall the baseboard.

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For ceramic tile, if you chose to leave the baseboard in place, you would have a grout line around the perimeter of the room. This may look fine so long as the width of the grout is consistent with the rest of the tiles.

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