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What Is Cove Base?

What Is Cove Base?

Cove base, also called skirting, is a trim that is installed at the base of a wall where it meets the floor. Its purpose is to cover uneven edges at the joint between the wall and the floor. It is both practical and aesthetically pleasing in any application. Cove base is a necessity when it comes to protection. It safeguards the wall against potential damage from foot traffic, abrasion, furniture, or cleaning materials. Additionally, it contributes to the overall look of the room by concealing the seam between the wall and the floor, providing a polished appearance.

Typically crafted from materials such as vinyl, rubber, wood, or composite materials, cove base comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs to complement diverse interior styles and architectural preferences.

Cove Base Materials

Below you will learn more about the various cove base materials, so you can determine what’s best for your needs.

  • Vinyl: This material is durable, easy to clean and available in a wide range of colors and styles.
    Rubber: This material is flexible and resistant to impact and abrasion, which is why it is often used in high-traffic areas.
  • Thermoplastic: Materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene (PE) are durable, water-resistant, and easy to install.
  • Wood: This material offers a natural and refined look, but requires more upkeep than other materials.
  • Metal: Materials like aluminum or stainless steel offer a polished and contemporary look. Metal is frequently used in commercial and industrial settings.
  • Composite: Crafted from a blend of materials like wood fibers and resins, this material provides durability and resistance to wetness and deformation.
  • Ceramic/Porcelain: Usually made into tile, this material provides a beautiful aestetique and moisture-resistant choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces that utilize spaces.

These are a few examples of the currently available and in-demand cove base materials. Choosing which type of cove base is an important decision that depends on your desired appearance, budget, durability, upkeep requirements.

3 Installation Methods for Cove Base

These are the three primary installation methods for cove base:

  1. Set-in cove base is an installation method where the cove base is set into a channel that has been cut into the floor. It comes down the wall down to the floor, seamlessly aligning with the flooring material. By welding the set-in cove base to the floor covering, a watertight seal is created, guaranteeing impermeability. This installation method is ideal for commercial settings like hospitals, laboratories, and food service spaces where cleanliness is needed.
  2. Sit-on cove base is an installation method where the cove base is put in on top of the finished floor instead of being set into a channel. With this method the cove base extends slightly above the floor, creating a small gap. You can fill this gap with a sealant to provide a finished appearance and to stop dirt and rubble from gathering. This method is generally easier to install compared to the set-in approach.
  3. Flat cove base is flat on its back side, with no curvature or similar shape. It typically has a straight edge that rests directly against the wall and the floor. Flat cove base is commonly used in areas where a contemporary appearance is wanted. It is usually used with carpet or carpet tile.

Ultimately, cove base is a necessity in any residential or commercial space. Cove base is made out of a variety of materials so whether you need wood, vinyl, metal, or other type of cove base, Twisted Floors has you covered.

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