- Jan 31, 2013
- Toronto, Ontario
Hi everyone. I plan to install about 1000 sq ft of pre-finished 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch red oak on my second floor. I will be installing it in the hallway and 4 bedrooms. The joist in the hallway and one bedroom run side to side. In two of the bedroom the joist run front to back. The problem I have is that the joist in the 4th bedroom run side to side for about half the room and front to back for the other half. Which direction should I run the hardwood in the 4th room? It is always recommended to install it perpendicular to the joist. I do not want to run half the room in one direction and the other half in the other direction. The sub-floor is 3/4 inch OSB and I do not want to install plywood on top of it. I want the same flat surface over the entire 2nd floor without any height increases in any of the rooms. Is it really that important to run the wood perpendicular to the joists? Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated.