Wide Pine Flooring
plank flooring wide panel pine

How to lay the flooring
The traditional method of laying the floor is in a random pattern. We ship you approximately equal amounts of all three widths.

When installing in dry or wintertime season, lay the boards snuggly one to another, but not so tightly that the boards cannot expand in warmer, more humid weather when windows are open.

If laying the boards in warm, humid weather, reverse the procedure and lay the boards more tightly to reduce the potential for wintertime shrinkage. Hairline gaps, however are a natural and expected part of the traditional appearance of a wide pine floor.

By using the traditional method of face-nailing, we believe that this flooring can be installed in a fraction of the time required to toe-nail narrow-strip hardwood flooring. The saving in labor is significant. We suggest face nailing every other joist, presuming the joists are 16 inches on center. Nail no closer than 2 inches from the end of a board to prevent splitting.

The traditional nail used in face-nailing is a cut nail which is cut from a sheet of steel, Thus the shank of the nail is rectangular unlike the round shank of the standard wire nail. Cut nails do not drive quite like wire nails. We have listed several online sources of cut nails for your convenience.

Pre-drilling technique
To be safe and eliminate the possibility of denting the flooring with an errant blow, consider pre-drilling a hole in which to set the nail. With a battery-powered hand drill, this is a procedure of seconds. If you are still uneasy about your expertise with a hammer, drill a small hole in a piece of heavy stock (linoleum, heavy cardboard, etc.) and nail through that as a protection against a glancing blow that would leave a dent.
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Broad-Axe Flooring Company
1320 Lee Road
Guilford, Vermont 05301


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