How to Install Porch Flooring
The first phase of a front-porch restoration is to complete construction of the porch floor, including support and decking. Here's how to do it.
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.
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.
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.
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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