This is Not a step by step guide on How to lay a parquet floor. In my view this is the job of a skilled craftsman. A 10 step guide to laying a parquet floor, would mislead you into believing a novice could fit a parquet floor, this could turn out to be costly as the floor would almost certainly have to be re-laid.
Even when employing the services of a professional insist on seeing some previous work they have done or at least a personal recommendation. Parquet is expensive and laid well it is beautiful, but laid badly it is unsightly and needs to be replaced.
However here is some useful information on Parquet Floor fitting:
Parquet should be laid by starting in the centre of the room, working outwards towards the walls. Like all other wooden flooring an expansion gap must be left around the edges.
Rooms that are not square or have many corners leading into other rooms require even more skill and attention. As you can imaging carrying a pattern around a corner and not losing the line is an art.
Parquet is glued to its sub-base using a very powerful adhesive, applied with a notched trowel. In bygone days they used to use bitumen, which was extremely messy.
It is essential that the sub-base is level. Starting with an uneven sub-base will lead to an unsatisfactory final result. Chipboard is an ideal surface but if concrete is present then preparation of the concrete is essential to ensure a level and dry starting surface.
Parquet solid wood blocks are always unfinished, as once laid the blocks will all be sitting at marginally different heights these need to sanded level. The desired wax or lacquer finish is then applied. An oak parquet floor that has been well fitted and perfectly sanded, then finished with a hardwax oil, is truly a beautiful sight to behold.
Blocks are laid in opposing directions this means that the wood grain also runs in opposing directions. When one sands a floor you try your best to sand with the grain so that you do not get unsightly cross grain sanding marks. With parquet this is not possible so extreme care has to be taken to end up with a satisfactory result, another reason why a quality professional should be hired.
Due to the small size of each block and that blocks are laid in opposing directions. Parquet flooring is very stable and is therefore suitable for many hard wearing and unstable situations such as kitchens, gyms, halls and hallways.
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