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How To Install Tongue-and-Groove Porch Flooring

Learn how to give new life to a porch with easy-to-install flooring.

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  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Lay the Felt Paper

Make sure that all nail heads are hammered down and replace any boards that are rotten. Cover the floor with 30-pound felt paper and staple it down. This creates a stable base for the flooring, gives it a bit of cushion, and helps prevent squeaks.

Step 2: Begin Laying Flooring

From the wall, measure one board-width and snap a chalk-line. Lock the boards into place, then face-nail the first row of boards, then use a pneumatic flooring nailer to nail each nail into the tongue of the board. Space nails evenly.

Step 3: Add the Last Board

Use a circular saw to rip the last board to fit snugly. Use a rubber mallet and a chisel to pry the tongue and groove tightly together. Face-nail the last board.

Step 4: Add the Trim

Set the trim in place and nail it in at an angle. Cut the boards to fit door openings, then cover any remaining boards with trim.

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