To install rustic or authentic aged rustic wood flooring, start by inspecting the wood. Make sure your packages have approximately the same number of short, medium and long planks. And then, sort the wooden planks. Not all planks of rustic classification have the same width. Of course, in those areas where two planks have to coincide at the ends, you will need to use planks of the same width. This will also allow you to examine the coloration and vein of the wood.
To install rustic wood floors, place the first plank parallel to the focal point of the room, like a long wall that is the first thing you see when entering the room. If your planks fit with a tongue and groove system, place the slotted edge of the first planks towards the wall. Use 2½-inch flutes or reproduction nails that appear to be forged by hand that you ordered from a store that specializes in historic hardware. Never nail nails more than ¾ inch from the edge of the plank. You may need to nail three or even four nails into the face of each joist to obtain a flat wooden floor.
Insert the nails flush with the surface. Or use a punch to insert them just below the surface without leaving “hammer marks” on the surface of the face of the boards. The coarser edges and the visible spaces are part of the charm of the rustic flooring tiles. But some people want a rustic appearance without those spaces that tend to accumulate dirt and are common in this type of floors. If this is the case of your client, definitely use planks with a tongue and groove system when installing rustic wood floors. As the tongue will minimize the appearance of the spaces while reinforcing the planks.