Which direction to lay hardwood
I'm getting ready to install 3½" wide maple hardwood floor in 3 bedrooms and the adjoining hallway. My floor joists run the length of my hallway, as well the bedrooms. My floor is 3/4" plywood, and my joists run 12" center. For cosmetic reasons, we'd like to have the maple hardwood run the length of the hallway as well as in the bedrooms. I want the transition from the hallway into the bedrooms with no joint at the thresholds, but rather flow into each room. My question is this, is it REALLY necessary for the hardwood floor to run perpendicular to the joists. I do realzie that I'll have to add a spline for one of the bedrooms, in order to change direction for the bedroom across the hall.
Also, when I removed the parkay flooring from the hallway (bedrooms have carpet) which was extremely difficult to remove, and in the process, I damaged the top of the existing plywood sub floor in some places. Is there anything I can use to repair the top of the sub floor to make it smooth again.
I plan on screwing down the sub floors to remove any existing squeaking that I have, + I want to add felt paper/roofing paper to the floor prior to installing the hardwood. Any suggestions ? Can I run the hardwood in the same direction as the joists ?
You can run the wood with the joist but you will end up with squeaks over time. By laying with the joists this allows the floor more movement and therefore letting the cleats or staples work loose.
Thanks woodman58, that's what I was hoping to hear. I plan on using staples, which I've read holds better in the long run that cleats or nails.
In the bedrooms, there is very little traffic, therefore I'm not worried about squeaks becoming a problem there. As for the hallway, I was thinking of installing cross blocks between the joists from the underside, which would allow the hardwood floor to be nailed into something solid, rather than just the plywood. I plan on making sure there are no squeaks at all on the plywood subfloor before I start installing the hardwood floor.
Thanks again, and if you have any more advice, I sure would appreciate it.
However, I still open to suggestions or tricks that I can apply to the job.
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