How to Lay Hardwood Flooring at Doorways


Hardwood flooring adds beauty and elegance to any home. If properly installed, hardwood flooring will remain an attractive addition to any home for many years. Proper installation of hardwood flooring products requires knowledge of the building materials used in the installation yet, one of the most overlooked facets of hardwood flooring installation is the proper procedure for installing hardwood flooring at doorways.

Things You'll Need

  • Jamb saw
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Chalk line
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hardwood flooring material
  • Floor glue
  • Finishing nail gun

Laying Hardwood Flooring at Doorways

  • Use the jamb saw and cut the trim and door casing at the doorways. Preferably, completion of this will occur before the installation of the hardwood flooring begins.

  • Nail down a piece of flooring material across the width of the door, to act as a stop for the hardwood flooring, at doorways where the wood floor will not pass through

  • Cut the wood, the distance to the stop, when the hardwood flooring reaches doorways where stops are located.

  • Place the piece of cut wood into position. Use the pencil to mark where the wood goes under the doorjamb. Approximate to allow at least one-quarter inch of distance from the wall to the end of the board after installation.

  • Lay the board flush along its length with the previous run of flooring to gauge the cut for the board to pass under the jamb and door casing to butt the stop board. Allow one-quarter inch of clearance from the wall to the board.

  • Connect the marks and cut out that section of board. Install the board.

  • Lay the remaining runs of hardwood flooring to get to the other end of the doorway. Make the cuts for the piece of hard wood flooring in the same manner as before. Install the flooring.

  • Butt the tape to the surface of the installed flooring at the far end of the run and make a mark equal to the width of the three or five board measurement. Come to the end of the flooring nearest the door and make a similar mark.

  • Using the two measurements, make a chalk line to the far wall or stopping point in the adjacent room. Off of this line, hold the one-inch mark of the tape on the chalk line and measure back the distance of the three or five board measurement plus one inch and make marks on each end of the room.

  • Mark a line on these marks. Cut several four-inch blocks from flooring scrap with the miter saw. Make sure the cuts are square. Nail the blocks flush with the second line made to continue installing the floor.

  • Install the floor to the lines in both rooms and use pieces of scrap to nail against the flooring boards in the adjacent room and hold them in place as the glue dries. Finish installation of the flooring in the first room before moving into the adjacent room to finish installation of the hardwood flooring.

Tips & Warnings

  • When laying flooring in a doorway, it is easier to lay from the doorway to the wall. Be certain to maintain an adequate distance from flooring joints. Lay flooring in sections equal in increments no more than three feet in width. It is preferable to measure the width of several runs of wood before installation and determine the desired width off of this measurement. Use a chalk line to mark each section and apply glue within the chalk line back to the prior run of flooring. This procedure allows the glue to remain workable and ensure that the hardwood flooring installation remains straight. If the flooring progresses into the adjacent room, it is necessary to place guidelines to progress further. Measure the width across the surface of three to five flooring boards. Five is preferred but the distance needs to be enough to allow a line across the entire width of the two rooms without interruption.
  • Hardwood flooring is not easy and mistakes can be extremely costly. Consider consulting a hardwood flooring professional for the installation.

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