How do I lay floor boards onto joists?

If you are going to lay floor boards directly over joists there are a few things you need to know before you start the project. Careful planning will allow your project to turn out well with no waste of expensive wood flooring.

  • Floor boards should always be laid perpendicular to the floor joists. Start at the long end of the room, and move outward from the wall, leaving a 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap between the wall and the first board all the way across the room.
  • Floor boards laid directly onto joists should be nailed or screwed for the best durability. There should be two nails or screws at each end of each board.