All About Wood Floor Framing and Construction

Learn how wood floors are built and what materials are commonly used in their construction.
Rugged hardwood floor

Rugged hardwood floor

A close up of medium brown, hand carved, rugged, and casual hardwood floor.

If you are renovating an older home, you may peel back carpet to reveal wood planks and decide to leave this structural floor exposed. Concrete and wood are the most widely used floor structures. Typically wood joists are covered in plywood. Concrete floors, such as a garage floor, may be painted and new concrete can be dyed.

Wood Joist Made From Solid Wood for Strength

Wood Joist Made From Solid Wood for Strength

Photo by: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Engineered Joist Modern Version of Sawn Lumber

Engineered Joist Modern Version of Sawn Lumber

Photo by: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wooden Boards are Traditional Joist Coverings

Wooden Boards are Traditional Joist Coverings

Photo by: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Chipboard Floor Sheet has Tongue and Groove Edges

Chipboard Floor Sheet has Tongue and Groove Edges

Photo by: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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RX-DK-DIY176009_wooden-bridging_s3x4

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Joist Hanger Attaches Directly to Wall Face

Joist Hanger Attaches Directly to Wall Face

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DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Joist Hanger Designed for Use with Joists

Joist Hanger Designed for Use with Joists

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DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

RX-DK-DIY176010_metal-bridging_s3x4

RX-DK-DIY176010_metal-bridging_s3x4

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Brick or Block Hanger Installs in Mortar

Brick or Block Hanger Installs in Mortar

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DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lateral Restraint Straps for Bracing Joists

Lateral Restraint Straps for Bracing Joists

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DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sawn Lumber Connector Gives Support to Joists

Sawn Lumber Connector Gives Support to Joists

Photo by: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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RX-DK-DIY176015_platform-frame-labeled_s4x3

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

RX-DK-DIY176016_upper-platform-labeled_s4x3

RX-DK-DIY176016_upper-platform-labeled_s4x3

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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RX-DK-DIY176018_balloon-frame-labeled_s4x3

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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RX-DK-DIY176019_upper-bal-frame-labeled_s4x3

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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