Special Tongue And Groove Decking
Tongue and groove decks – Porch flooring is installed similarly to interior wood flooring, with boards that are nailed and attached to sides with groove and tongue trimmings. However, porch decking is much longer, so you can design a board for a course, rather than piecing together short boards (since you have to put porch floor directly over beams). If screen porch is adjacent to formal living space, use tongue and groove floor. If room will function just like a living room or outdoor dining room, design wooden floor as you would a more formal porch of any kind. Use dyes and sealants that will perform under inclement weather and resist wear marks of visitors.
Although it can be painted with tongue and groove decking together, staining of this type of floor will carry out grain of wood for a high-end look. Remove entire old deck from beams, using your hammer and prybar. Remove all remaining nails from beams. Spread to cover plates on floor, face down. Paint back and sides of joints with a thin layer of sealant moisturizing primer. Allow primer to dry for one day. Measure length of gantry, perpendicular to direction of beams (so that platform intersects all beams). Cut first board in length of your miter saw. Place first gasket in place by an edge of porch, with fluted side toward house.
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Leave a 3/8 inch space on wall. Secure plate in place by firing pairs of nails across surface at each point where a beam crosses. Measure and cut second table. Located in place next to first one, connected by edges of tongue and groove decking. Use a scrap decking piece and your hammer to hit board against first one. Nail side instead of top; throw a nail at an angle at each intersection with a beam. Continue cutting and nailing boards, on porch of building. Length-final board on a saw table, if necessary, to leave outer edge of porch. Prepare and paint porch surface.