How to Install Pine Flooring

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How to Install Pine Flooring

Pine flooring creates a warm, cosy look, is relatively easy to install and maintain, and is an affordable yet attractive flooring option that looks good for decades. Sellers on eBay offer a range of new and recycled pine flooring products suitable for buildings with modern or rustic themes. Choose a pine flooring type suited to the project budget and installation site, prepare the floorboards and the building for the installation, securely install the boards, and finish the floor by sanding it and applying oil or varnish.

 

Types of Pine Flooring

The main types of pine available in Australia are radiata, hoop, and cypress pine. Untreated radiata pine has a low resistance to termites and decay and its most common use is for house framing timber. Hoop pine is inexpensive and its main use is the manufacture of plywood. The anti-termite properties of cypress pine timber has made it a popular flooring option for decades and this continues to be the most common type of pine flooring. Timber and flooring come in three main grades that depend on their appearance and natural features. The table below lists and describes timber ratings.

 

Timber Grade

Description

Select

Few marks

Strong, simple, and versatile

Clean, uniform appearance suitable for modern, traditional, and minimalist installations

Standard

Shows some burls, veins, insect trails, and grain features

Unique appearance and interesting variations

Character

Feature or rustic grade

High level of natural features and colour variations

Shows gum veins, knots, insect trails, face checking

Natural appearance ideal for traditional or rustic look

 

Choose a wood grade and appearance suited to the decor theme of the building and the installation budget. Carefully consider the colour and width of the floorboards to find a suitable style. The type of pine flooring people choose largely depends on their own tastes and preferences.

 

Preparing for Pine Flooring Installation

Users should allow raw pine floorboards to stand in the rooms in which they intend to install them for 7 to 14 days before installation to adjust to the humidity level. Stack the boards with spacer strips between them. To prepare the room, remove the baseboards from the walls using a flat pry bar. Mark each piece of trim to indicate its position for easy reinstallation. Draw a floor plan of the room to scale and plan the layout of boards to prevent thin strips near walls and around features such as fireplaces. Calculate the number of square metres the flooring should cover and add 10 to 15 per cent for wastage.

 

Installing Pine Flooring

To install tongue-and-groove pine floorboards, ensure that the boards run perpendicular to the floor joists. Nailing the boards to the joists prevents cupping. Undercut the doorjambs to allow space for the new flooring to slide underneath them. Apply chalk lines to the subfloor to mark the layout of the boards, ensuring that the first line is perfectly straight to keep the floorboards straight. Use a circular saw to cut the floorboards to length, opting for lengths that allow joins to occur over joists. Face-nail the first row of floorboards in close to the wall, and nail the boards into every joist to keep this row of floorboards secure when installing the rest of the flooring. Fit the groove of the second board into the tongue of the first board. Tap the boards together using a block and hammer. Do not hammer floorboards without a protective block, because this causes unsightly damage.

Repeat this process for subsequent rows, nailing the boards in place at 0.5-metre intervals. Cut notches in floorboards to fit in corners and around doorways. Frame features with boards placed with their tongues facing outwards to slot into the rest of the flooring. Grooving the ends of floorboards installed around feature frames improves their fit. Cut the final boards to width using a table saw. Remember that the skirting or baseboard covers gaps near walls, so consider this space when calculating the size of the final boards.

 

Finishing a Pine Floor

Sand the floor and apply a suitable sealant or oil. Because pine is soft, it gouges easily, so opt for a square buff sander for sanding large areas. After smoothing rough patches with a 40-grit belt and handheld belt sander, use 60-, 80-, and 100-grit belts in turn to create the desired finish. Vacuum the floor between each belt grit size, and hand sand edges and doorways. Use 150-grit belts to sand between coats of floor varnish or oil. Once the floor is smooth, apply several coats of oil or sealant. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions to obtain the best results.

 

How to Buy Pine Flooring on eBay

The pine flooring available from sellers on eBay varies in width, length, and grade. Find the floorboards you want by using a specific search term, such as 'solid timber flooring', to see listings relevant to your search. You can further filter your results by choosing the most suitable category and item specifications. Look for local sellers who allow collection to save on delivery costs and allow for inspection of the timber. Pine flooring is an affordable option for attractive yet durable flooring.

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