Parquet floor fitting is considered one of the most challenging jobs in the field of real wood flooring installation and requires a high level of craftsmanship, dedication, attention to details. Parquet flooring has been around for many centuries and people nowadays continue to enjoy it for the same reason people used to love it back then – it is extremely beautiful, really intriguing and interesting with all the parquet patterns and designs available, it also guarantees the durability, functionality, comfort, hard-wearing and long-lasting power of real wood flooring. Back in the centuries, people used to prefer parquet flooring over marble floors, for example, mainly because of the reason it is easy to maintain in perfect condition and clean for decades. Nowadays, parquetry remains a flooring product that requires little upkeep, especially when matched with a hard-wearing protective finish.
Parquetry is an umbrella name for all real wood flooring patterns and designs assembled by geometrically cut pieces, boards, and blocks of solid wood. There is a really impressive choice of parquet flooring patterns you can choose from. Some of them will come with a dash of old-world charms and classic and timeless beauty, others will be simpler and suitable for more modern, minimalistic interiors, there are also the everlasting classics such as herringbone pattern, chevron, basket weave, brick wall, etc.
No matter your choice of parquetry pattern, one thing is for sure, you will be able to enjoy your beautiful parquet floor for many decades and your home will benefit from its appearance, durability, lasting power, solidness and sturdiness. However, in order to be able to enjoy such a hard-wearing and lasting parquet floor, everything should start with a proper and professional parquet floor fitting. When it comes to parquet flooring, every professional floor installer can summarize the process with a single word – challenging.
Yes, parquet floor is a real wood floor, is installed the same way as you would have your solid wood or engineered wood floor installed to the subfloor. However, the challenge comes from the fact that every piece of wood must be cut perfectly and evenly and fitted right at its dedicated place in order to achieve a perfect and symmetric pattern. This is definitely a job for professionals that requires a lot of attention to detail and dedication. We are glad and happy to be able to provide our clients with premium quality parquet floor fitting service at a reasonable price that is performed with a high level of professionalism, experience, and knowledge and guarantees flawless and stunning results.
One of the most important stages of a parquet installation project is the acclimatisation of the wood flooring materials. Even when cut into flooring blocks of parquet, wood remains a natural product with a natural response to changes in its environment. When the humidity indoor moisture levels and temperature increase, there is a chance for parquet flooring blocks to start contracting and expanding. Normally, parquet will soon be back to its initial form and condition. However, in cases of extensive increase of humidity and temperatures, parquet floorboard may get damaged, including warped, cupped, unfixed, and sometimes the problem may be even beyond repair.
In order to avoid such extreme situations, it is highly recommended to have your parquet flooring materials acclimatised to their new environment on-site, which means leaving the floorboards out of their transportation packaging for a week and right in the room, where installation is planned. It is also important to make sure there is no reason for increasing indoor moisture levels in the room. Maintain a relative humidity of 50-60% and a temperature of around 18 degrees. Make sure that all pipework is working perfectly and there are no issues that require to be fixed.
All wet work – concrete, drywall, painting, etc. – should be finished long before the installation process so you can make sure the room has enough time to get back to and maintain standard moisture and humidity level. Acclimatisation is very important and you don’t want this process to be missed as it ensures the parquet floorboards are less prone to moving and warping. Once the parquet floorboards are adjusted, our parquet floor installation professionals can continue with the service.
Preparing the subfloor before parquet floor installation is one more essential step of the whole process. In order for our parquet floor professionals to be able to carry on with the laying of the parquet floorboards, the subfloor should be dry with a subfloor humidity not exceeding 12%, clean with all the dust, debris and traces of old adhesive removed, level and even, and structurally stable and healthy without water damage and squeaky areas.
In case the subfloor does not check all the above boxes, our experienced and reliable professionals will take care of it. The installation of an underlayment layer before the floorboards is always a good solution and alternative. This additional layer of underlayment will level the floor, ensure a cushioning, sound-proofing and insulation effect, and work as a moisture barrier that minimises the risk of water or moisture damage.
Once the floorboards are acclimatised and adjusted to their new environment on-site and the subfloor is prepared for the fitting part, it is time for our professionals to continue with the installation itself.
The good thing about parquet flooring is that it can be laid on top of a variety of subfloor types – from concrete to the old wooden floor, joists, plywood, self-levelling compounds and more. Parquet floorboards usually come with a built-in tongue-and-groove system, which means that every floorboard is connected to its neighbouring one by pushing and glueing the tongue to the groove of the next one.
Keep in mind that every parquet floor fitting process is better left in the experienced and reliable hands of knowledgeable professionals. The parquet pattern should be absolutely symmetric for a stunning floor and this is something not many DIY enthusiasts are able to achieve. Therefore, whenever you are planning a parquet floor fitting project, make sure to contact our company and we will gladly undertake your project and ensure the best possible outcome that you will enjoy for many years.