How To Repair a Wooden Porch Floor
Wooden porch floors are typically long-lasting, depending on the change of weather and the overall wear and tear of your wooden porch floor. Given enough time though and you might start to see some warping, rot, sagging, hear creaking or find cracks. A little front porch fix up can make your old wooden floor look brand new! Read on to discover how to repair and replace a wooden porch.
How to Repair a Wooden Porch Floor
Materials That You Will Need:
- Circular Saw
- Safety Googles
- Crowbar/Pry bar
- Wooden Plank Boards
- Oil-based Deck Primer
- Paint Brush
- Drop cloth/Tarp
- Nail Gun
- Polyurethane Construction Adhesive
- Sander/Sand Paper
- Wooden Deck Paint (if necessary)
1. Start Repairing Your Wooden Porch Floor
Sometimes all you may need is a layer of sealant on your wooden porch floor to seal and protect from any further damage. However, if the damaged wooden porch floor requires more than just a sealant and it has more serious wear and tear then you’ll need to remove the problem and replace it. Before you get started, estimate how much of the wooden porch floor you will be replacing and gather an estimate of how many wooden planks you’ll need to put down by how many damaged boards you pry up. Always aim for a little more supplies than you need in case of unexpected damages to the replacement planks.
- Start by putting on your safety goggles and using a circular saw, sawing lengthwise through the board where it is damaged. You want to isolate the damaged area and if necessary you can draw a cut guideline or just use your better judgement. Be careful not to cut the deck joints or you’ll have more work to do. Keeping the edge of the circular saw blade close together with the porch joints will keep you from accidentally sawing through the deck joints.
- Use a crowbar and pry the old damaged/rotted wooden porch planks apart. Be sure to remove all the rotted boards. Using a hammer might be additionally useful. This can be a little tedious, so be patient, taking breaks whenever necessary – depending on the size of your wooden porch floor of course. Be sure to remove any nails that have been pried up as well. You might also need to use a chisel to get rid of any pieces of damaged board close to your house.
2. Replace and Install
- With your replacement boards that you have measured to fit, lay them out on a tarp or drop cloth and apply an oil-based wooden deck primer to each board to protect them from moisture damage. Allow to dry in the sun for optimal dry time.
- Now you’ll need to install the new boards. Use a polyurethane construction adhesive by coating it on the board joists. With a hammer you can tap each board into position until it aligns perfectly in place. Using a nail gun or by hand, fix them securely to your wooden porch floor by nailing them about 4-6 inches in to keep them all in place. *It is not necessary to apply the adhesive and nail them, you can pick one method of securing the boards in place*
- If the new boards that you have lain down are uneven, trim wherever necessary using your circular saw. If you need to, use a marker and draw guidelines for where to cut.
3. Finishing Touches
- Using a sander, sand the replacement boards to blend in with the remaining boards and wipe away any dust, dirt or debris. You can add some more oil-based deck primer to the exposed ends of the replacement planks and let dry. If you have a painted wooden porch floor throughout, this is the time to paint the replacement boards to match.
This D.I.Y project can take up most of your day, but the finished results are fantastic! Most of the time it is not necessary to completely gut out your old wooden porch floor because damaged areas are usually easy to spot. Now that you have repaired your wooden porch floor you have completely transformed your old porch into a brand new one! However, this project does take a fair bit of time and if you simply don’t have room in your schedule for it, then why not call HPT? We’ll do it for you!
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