Want to install a hardwood (tongue & groove - no glue) entryway in front of
a French door leading to a south facing deck (in Maine). Since I'm going to
get some snow on the entryway, will prefinished hardwood flooring hold up in
that situation? If so, what brands would folks suggest? Also, the subfloors
are 3/4" particle board over 3/4 plywood. My guess is that I can just
PorterNail thru the particle board into the plywood and/or floor joists. Any
suggestions/ideas will be appreciated...Orland
I live in out in the boonies in Minnesota. I hate to say it but if you have
a lot of weather coming in through that entry wood probably isn't the best
choice. If esthetically possible for you, tile is much more durable. If you
go with wood, use T&G as opposed to prefinished. You can't refinish most
Pergo-type floors without sanding through the top layer of wood. Just one
dirty, muddy winter can destroy the finish on your entry.
The pre-finished have a good coating on them. The potential problem is the
water getting between the joints. They also suggest that door mats are your
friend. Saves the floor but also hides it.
As for nailing, why not consult them manufacturer? www.mannington.com is
one that I've used. You may also want to consider some other styles such as
laminates at www.wilsonart.com they have some interesting patterns in 12 x
12 tiles. I have them in my foyer.
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