Is installing a baseboard necessary for your house?

While it may seem like a small detail, a baseboard pattern or border along the seams of the floor and walls can give a whole new look to your room.
The choice of moldings or borders is one of the last things you need to consider when building or renovating your home. However, it can be a bit confusing as there are many moldings to choose from and there are different moldings for different parts of the house.
 Due to moisture, some hardwood or laminate floors can naturally expand and contract throughout the year then baseboards are needed to cover the gaps between the walls and the floors.
Baseboards add character to your room, increase the value of your home and complement other home features such as wainscoting and crown molding. 
In some cases, baseboards are used to protect drywall. It protects against physical damage like Vacuum cleaner, mop, golf ball. The bottom part of the wall is more susceptible to damage by miscellaneous objects and drywall isn't designed to withstand it all. 
Due to their material, drywall is prone to moisture. Without baseboards, moisture spilling onto the floor can easily penetrate the drywall, expanding upwards and creating unsightly damage.
Baseboard Styles and Profiles 

Baseboard comes with a large variety of styles, such as smooth, beaded, ornate, and many more styles.
With that large number of choices, you can be sure which profile captures the perfect attitude for your home.
  • Flat Baseboard Molding
This traditional baseboard is the simplest baseboard style you can get. You can choose a plain baseboard if you like the simplicity of your room.
This baseboard style goes well with any interior design style too.
  • Rounded or Stepped Baseboard
This is the most common baseboard configuration used in homes. The top of the trim has a rounded shape that tapers into the wall. The decor of these baseboards looks best in modern homes because of its relatively short construction and simple design. 
  • Sculpted Mid-Height Baseboard Trim
The upper part of the baseboard is decorated with scallops or stairs that taper towards the wall. This style of baseboard works best in homes with a more formal style.
  • Sculpted Taller Baseboard Trim
This trim profile adds visual impact to any room. The top portion of the trim is designed similar as Mid-height Ttim but taller.  This baseboard design works best in homes that are large in scale. 
  • Shoe Molding and Quarter Round
Quarter round as its name suggests, one quarter of a round dowel. A 90° angel on the back with a perfect quarter radius on the screen. It works great to fill corners or soften any 90° joint between trim and moldings.
The Quarter round also comes in a variety of sizes making it even more versatile for many applications.
Shoe molding is similar to quarter round with the same 90-degree angle on the back. Instead of a perfect quarter radius, its shape is a bit more squat. The main use of shoe molding is to run along the intersection of baseboards and floors.
Baseboard Material
Baseboards come in different shapes, materials and different prices. Each material has its pros and cons, and the right material for you will depend on many varieties and considerations for your home.
  • MDF Baseboard
If you are on a budget plan and want to get the best look for your baseboards, then MDF panels would be a great choice.
They are very affordable, relatively durable for interior use, and can be painted. Furthermore, MDF skirting boards also come in a variety of designs and configurations.
The disadvantage of MDF baseboards is that they are not durable for outside use because they are not moisture resistant and cannot be stained.
  • Pinewood Baseboard
Pine is one of the most affordable woods if you plan to use a mold made from wood.
It is suitable for exterior and interior, it can be painted and colored, it is suitable for decoration and smooth, and it also has good moisture resistance.
  • Oak Wood Baseboard
Oak is the most popular baseboard material, as it gives a more luxurious look to your home.
It is suitable for any requirement; painted or dyed, smooth or decorative, exterior or interior.
When it comes to durability, oak is the best. Unlike pine, which is classified as a softwood, oak is a hardwood.
  • Vinyl / PVC / Urethane
While it may not look as appealing as other materials, using a vinyl or urethane trim is something to consider.
When it comes to durability, PVC baseboards are rock solid, moisture resistant, paintable and great for areas of a construction project that may come into contact with the ground
How to choose the right baseboard size?
Baseboards usually come in different sizes. It's important to get the right proportions depending upon the style of your house, the room size and the height of your ceilings. In general, vertical decorations such as doors and windows should be smaller and less heavy than baseboards. Most baseboards are 1/2 to 1 inch thick and 3 to 8 inches high. A standard 8-foot wall typically has a baseboard that's 3 to 5 inches high, while a 10-foot ceiling means 5 to 7 inches.