Which comes first - floors or trim?
Which comes first -- hardwood floors or baseboard trim?
We are building a new home and have been struggling whether to put the hardwood floor or baseboard trim first. At first, the builder wanted to put the baseboard first, then the hardwood. He explained that any gaps due to expansion wouldn't be seen unless you were over the baseboard looking down, whereas if you installed the hardwood first, you would be able to see expansion from across the room.
Then he advised us that the best, but more expensive way, would be to scribe the floor to the baseboard. We agreed and he said he would install the baseboard about 1/2" above the floor so the hardwood could be scribed to fit.
Problem is, when we met with the flooring people the baseboard was not up 1/2", but flush to the floor.
What would be the best way to proceed?