How to Install Parquet Flooring

How to install parquet flooring: chevron pattern

Simply Gorgeous Chevron Parquet

Parquet flooring adds a dramatic impact to interior spaces. A regular feature of early-20th century period homes in the Southeast, parquetry such as herringbone, chevron and five-finger mosaic, impart a classic sophistication while providing excellent durability. So, what if you want to add trending parquet floors to your home? Here’s our guide on how to install parquet flooring.

How to Install Parquet Flooring

There are a number of steps to follow when learning how to install parquet flooring.

1. Prepare the Subfloor

Firstly, properly prepare the subflooring. Good cleaning and surface preparation can make the difference between an well-finished floor and a poorly done floor. Taking the time to ensure a clean and sound surface helps create a more beautiful and long-lasting floor.

2. Measure the Centreline

Once your subfloor is fully prepared, measure the centreline. To do so, measure out from the starter wall a distance of 4 or 5 tile widths. Then, mark this distance on each side of the room. Calculate the centreline for the length and width of the room. You can snap a chalk line or use a laser level to mark these two layout lines.

How to install parquet flooring: measure the centreline

Herringbone, Straight Down the Middle

3. Lay the Floor

Next, start a dry layout of your tiles. This helps you ensure that you are happy with the pattern. Once you’re confident about the pattern start work with the adhesive. Begin work in the centre of the room and move towards the walls. Then, cut and install border tiles and undercut doors as needed. Finally, add any desired baseboard and trim pieces.

How to Install Parquet Flooring: Using Adhesive

Laying Herringbone Parquet Over Adhesive

4. Sand and Seal

Lastly, unless you’ve chosen pre-finished or laminate blocks, you’ll need to sand and seal the fully laid floor. If possible, consider hiring a dustless sander, which can drastically reduce pollution to your indoor air and time spent on clean-up. Once sanded to a fine grit, it is ready for sealing. If desired, any stain should be applied prior to sealing. Moreover, it is wise to choose a high-quality low VOC floor sealant to reduce off-gassing of harmful chemicals in your home.

How to install parquet flooring: sand and seal

Lagler Dustless Sanders are Top of the Line

Example Installation from Essex

Floor sanding in Essex means we work with a lot of parquet flooring. Parquet floors, particularly moasic and herringbone parquet flooring, are regular features of our area’s early-20th century housing. Therefore, we often get the chance to repair and restore parquet floors.

For example, a client in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, needed parquet installed flush around a fireplace. The home’s original parquet floor ended before the hearth. However, the client wished to continue the parquet up-to the hearth and throughout the remainder of the room. Crafted from Afzelia, an exotic African hardwood, the existing parquet presented a challenge. Sourcing a matching wood might be close to impossible. Thus, we agreed to use prime grade oak parquet of the same height, width and depth as the original parquet.

How to Install Parquet Flooring

The Finished Floor

Firstly, in order to get the best result we screeded the floor around the hearth. Secondly, once the hearth was dry, existing blocks were pulled back to the first full block around the perimeter of the original floor. Next, we laid new blocks with a spirit-based adhesive. Then, we laid the field and left the area to dry overnight. On our return next day, the field was cut to fit the double block border. Once this was fully dry the entire floor was sanded to a 120 grit. Now was the time to stain the oak parquet. We used Rustins Light Teak as chosen by our client. Finally, once the stain was dry, the entire floor was lacquered with 3 coats of Bona Nova satin seal.

Need Help Installing Parquet Flooring

Feeling overwhelmed now that you know how to install parquet flooring? Simply Sanding can help. We have extensive experience installing and refurbishing parquet floors. It is hugely satisfying to us as the finished result is always unique and always stunning. Bringing out the natural beauty and qualities of wooden flooring is our passion. May sound mad, but we can’t help ourselves! Contact us anytime for a free, no-obligation quote.