Forum Title: Instalation direction?
Hi everyone. I plan to install about 1000 sq ft of pre-finished 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch red oak on my second floor. I will be installing it in the hallway and 4 bedrooms. The joist in the hallway and one bedroom run side to side. In two of the bedroom the joist run front to back. The problem I have is that the joist in the 4th bedroom run side to side for about half the room and front to back for the other half. Which direction should I run the hardwood in the 4th room? It is always recommended to install it perpendicular to the joist. I do not want to run half the room in one direction and the other half in the other direction. The sub-floor is 3/4 inch OSB and I do not want to install plywood on top of it. I want the same flat surface over the entire 2nd floor without any height increases in any of the rooms. Is it really that important to run the wood perpendicular to the joists? Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Category: Flooring Post By: MARLENE BUSH (Turlock, CA), 02/02/2019

are you referring to a glue down or nail down floor? Honestly, I would just run it all in the same direction, regardless of which way the joists are running.

- Boris Dunn (Fresno, CA), 05/02/2019

Manufacturers have really changed their tune with which direction to run the flooring. There are so many different types/sizes of fasteners and nailers that you really just need to make sure youre using the right gun. The perfect example of not hitting the joists is doing an installation on a diagonal. With the recommended nailing pattern youre lucky if you hit a joist more than once on a single plank. With a prefinished 2 1/4 oak make sure youre using the bostitch m3 stapler and youll be fine going in any direction.

- JONATHAN FLORES (Chattanooga, TN), 04/01/2019

Resources & Links For Homeowners

requestaquote Get Free Quotes callnow 888-506-9527