How to Install Wood Flooring Around Stone Fireplaces

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How to Install Wood Flooring Around Stone Fireplaces
Installing wood flooring around fireplaces can be done with the right tools. (Ancient fireplace image by Sergey Galushko from

Hardwood floors add warmth and beauty to the interior of homes. Hardwood floors add value to any home when it comes time to sell. Hardwood floors can be installed in any room but are not recommended for wet areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Hardwood floors can be used around a fireplace as long as there is a fireproof hearth that sits in front of the fireplace. The do it yourself handyman can install hardwood floors around stone fireplaces with the proper tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Trim scribe
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Fine-tooth jigsaw blade
  • Tapping block
  • Hammer
  • Flooring nailer
  • 5-pound rubber mallet
  • Flooring nails
  • Silicon Caulk
  • Caulk gun

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  1. 1

    Prepare the sub floor in the same manner for the rest of the hardwood floors. It is vital that the joint between the stone of the fireplace and the wood flooring be neat and professionally finished.

  2. 2

    For hardwood floors that are perpendicular to the stone fireplace, scribe each row of the flooring to the stone. Use a metal or plastic trim scribe jig to capture the shape of the stone where the row of flooring runs into the stone. Trace the outline of the stone onto the end of a piece of flooring using a pencil.

  3. 3

    Cut the line that was traced with a jigsaw. Use a fine-tooth blade for wood to keep the flooring from splintering during the cut.

  4. 4

    Tap the flooring into the groove of the last row of flooring. Use a scrap piece of flooring as a tapping block to protect the tongue and groove of the flooring. Use a hammer for this step.

  5. 5

    Place the tapping block at the end of the piece of flooring and tap it up tight against the stone of the fireplace.

  6. 6

    Use a flooring nailer to secure the flooring to the sub floor. Place the flooring nailer against the tongue of the flooring and strike the plunger with the 5-pound rubber mallet. This drives the flooring nail into the flooring and sets it below the surface of the tongue of the board. The flooring nailer also set the piece of flooring tight against the last board.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 2 through 6 for the remaining pieces of flooring that run into the face of the stone fireplace.

  8. 8

    Scribe the entire piece of flooring that runs parallel to the stone fireplace. Set the piece of flooring up against the stone of the fireplace, be sure to keep it running in line with the rest of the flooring. Use a scribe to rest against the stone and trace the stone contour onto the flooring.

  9. 9

    Cut the scribed line with a jigsaw the same as in step 3.

  10. 10

    Place the cut piece of flooring against the fireplace and check the fit. Scribe the flooring again if its not a perfect fit. Repeat the last two steps until it fits tight and correctly.

  11. 11

    Attach the flooring the same as in steps 4 through 6.

  12. 12

    Caulk the joint between the stone and the floor with a silicon caulk, using a caulk gun.

Tips and warnings

  • Using pre-finished flooring to speed up the flooring job, providing a stronger finish than one applied on site.
  • Always seal around electrical sockets before working in the area.
  • When using an adhesive, use adequate ventilation.
  • Wear safety glasses when using power tools.

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