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How to Install Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring

Save money by installing reclaimed hardwood flooring in any room.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Determine the Direction

Determine which way you want the flooring to run. It is generally best to go across the floor joists because it makes for a much stronger surface.

Step 2: Add the Rosin Paper

Cover the plywood subfloor with rosin paper, which acts as a vapor barrier and cushions the wood.

cover plywood subfloor with rosin paper

Step 3: Attach the Transition Board

Measure from the wall to determine where the transition board needs to go (Image 1). Apply construction adhesive to floor and set the transition board (Image 2), then secure it with a finish nailer (Image 3). If the nails don't go all the way in, follow up with a nail set.

Step 4: Install the Boards

Put another bead of glue along the wall because a starter board will go there (Image 1). Set the board leaving a 3/8" gap for expansion and contraction (Image 2). The first few boards need to be nailed on the face until you are far enough away to use the flooring stapler (Image 3). Tap the boards with a rubber mallet to tighten them against one another (Image 4).

Step 5: Notch the Rosin Paper for any Vents

Notch the rosin paper out for any vents (Image 1). Tap in the vent cover and face nail it (Image 2). The rest of the boards can be fastened using the flooring stapler.