I have a slab front porch with an overhanging roof that completely
covers it. I'd like to dress up the porch by covering the slab with a
wood flooring to make it more like a porch than a patio.
If possible, I'd like the floor to be tight -- no gaps between boards
like you would have on a deck.
I have a little bit of Z-height to work with here, so I was
considering laying down treated furring strips, and then screwing or
gluing flooring planks onto them.
I do intend to paint it all when done.
My concerns include, of course, having the whole thing rot out under
me. I'm also concerned about expansion if I don't have gaps between
What have others done for this type of project? What type of wood
would make sense for the flooring, both for the furring strips, and
for the flooring itself? Is a gapless approach advisable? I know of
plenty of old houses with porches that have plank floors without gaps,
so there must be some good way to do it...
I appreciate any comments.