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How To Install Tongue And Groove Porch Flooring

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Tongue and Groove Porch Floor Installation

Sometimes you just want to go the easier route. This type of technologically advanced flooring is highly durable and can withstand many climatic changes. Tongue and groove porch flooring looks almost like an indoor floor but with added outdoor resistance. This porch flooring composite is a way to go green in your neighbourhood since this material is made from recycled materials. With the improved selection of composite flooring nowadays you can obtain many different looks!

These porch floor beds have UV inhibitors, they’re stain resistant and are very easy to clean! There’s also little risk of thermal expansion and contraction when it comes to this type of outdoor flooring as well. So, if you live in a climate that’s really wet or humid, take that off your list of worries! Read on to discover more about how to install this type of outdoor flooring!

Can I use tongue and groove flooring for decking? 

The answer is yes, but there are some stipulations.

  • This type of outdoor porch flooring works the best for covered porches and patios only.
  • They don’t tend to work well if there is standing water that collects under the deck.
  • There should be a decent slope as well to eliminate any opportunities for water collection under the decking.
  • Also, always be thinking about the open air space below the deck.
  • And if you install skirting below the deck, it’s imperative that it does not prevent cross ventilation.
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Materials That You Will Need:

  • Safety Goggles/Face Mask
  • Circular Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Nail Gun
  • Nails
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Felt Paper
  • Tongue and Groove Porch Decking
  • Chisel
  • Pry Bar
  • Chalk

Step #1. Decide on a paint colour or sealer

The really great thing about tongue and groove flooring is that you still have the luxury of choosing your own paint colour. Or you could go with a transparent stain, just to give it a nice sealer. The one thing to remember though is that you want to paint on all four sides. If you seal or paint only one side, it will create an unbalanced moisture flow. In that case, it could cause cupping or warping. So, be sure to paint or seal all sides of your tongue and groove porch flooring.

Step #2. Secure the Felt Paper Down

The price of this project can range from $500-$2000 depending on the amount of floor boards and tools you’ll need. When starting any project, you should always remember to put on your safety goggles. Also, if necessary, wear a face mask. It’s also best to keep your floorboards clean, dry and out of direct sunlight prior to installation.

  • Be sure that the nail heads are completely hammered down and lay the felt paper over the existing porch boards that are not rotted. If you have a rotted porch floor, replace the rotted boards with new ones. Lay 30 pound felt paper down onto the porch and nail it down securely. The 30 pound felt paper will prevent creaking.

Step #3. Apply the Tongue and Grove Porch Flooring

  • Using your tape measure, measure the width of one board and apply a chalk line.
  • Now you will need to lock the boards in. Nail in the boards one by one.
  • Be careful that you are spacing the floor boards evenly.
  • They should lock into place fairly easily. After all, that is the beauty of tongue and groove flooring for porches!

Step #4. Finishing Touches

  • If you have removed the trim from outlining the front porch exterior before you applied the porch flooring, then you can put the trim back or replace it.
  • Sweep clean the surface and voila! You now have brand new porch flooring!

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So, that wasn’t so bad, right? Did you know that you have just helped the environment out by installing this type of flooring? It actually can help manufacturers recycle millions of pounds of plastic every year!

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