Baseboard and Moulding are one of those details that one tends to forget. Then to go on the search for reclaimed, recycled, FSC, Green Building Certified is very challenging and requires patience.
So here’s the thing.
1.) Don’t buy the baseboard first until you know what flooring you are putting in. Flooring such as Marmoleum Click requires a thicker baseboard. If you can use your old baseboard, the more power to you.
2.) The most eco friendly etc.. baseboard needs all the certifications and or reclaimed. This is where you have to determine if a dealer, or a salvage yard is close to you, because at $4.60 a gallon of gas and traffic, you don’t want to be running around.
3.) You have to know how much baseboard you will need. On Craigslist, you can find baseboard free, but in smaller quantities. I’m doing the whole house so will need about 400 feet, plus a certain depth and height.
4.) If you buy primed, you have no idea of the VOC’s. But to go out and buy low VOC primer is another trip or additional shipping cost, plus you have to paint it. (meaning all the paint supplies)
5.) If you get the really fancy curving baseboard, what a hassle to clean. More energy (mine) expended.
That’s my take on Eco Baseboard. I weighed time v.s money, local supplier vs shipping and came up with primed MDF board for $.77 a foot, at Dixieline.
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