How to lay a parquet floor

There are big differences when laying a parquet floor. Depending on the laying pattern and the associated wooden elements, it can be laid floating or must be glued. Ship floor parquet as a finished product is a simple and quick to do laying style, blackboard or mosaic parquet with individual loose wood elements borders in some cases on artisan art.

Stress and taste

Before deciding which type of parquet flooring you want to lay, you should consider the expected stress. In a children's room gluing is always recommended for better sound insulation, for a long life, for example, in residential property solid wood parquet should be laid and if you may intend to reuse a laid parquet floor, you can do so with floating laid ship floor pre-finished parquet.

The higher the quality and complexity of your parquet floor should be, the sooner you should let the laying of professionals. While click parquets are easy to lay and mistakes can hardly occur, glued mosaic parquets pose a risk of technical errors due to ignorance. Therefore, you should always weigh your personal taste with the effort and, of course, costs. Even if you like colossal parquet like in a castle hall, it is not necessarily the best choice for a private apartment.

Work planning and preparations

If you want to lay a parquet floor in rooms that are already occupied, it helps to set up a logistical plan. While floating parquet can basically be loaded again immediately, glued parquet may only be used again after the adhesive has dried out. Added to this is the sealing that may be required after installation. A paint job must dry out for at least three days, better still a week. Waxed or oiled parquet floors can be re-entered after just a few hours if they have been laid floating.

Also consider the preparations, which may take up to several days. The straightening or repairing of the substrate needs drying time and also the possible introduction of a footfall sound insulation leads to a further expenditure of time.

Step-by-step instructions

  • Parquet
  • Skirting
  • Nails
  • Possibly sound insulation
  • Possibility of leveling
  • Hammer
  • Bolt
  • Drawbar
  • Spirit level
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Jig saw
  • Spacer

1. Prepare surface

Apply plastic film as vapor barrier and any impact sound insulation to cleaned Lay out the substrate.

2. Distribute the parquet at hand

Depending on the type of parquet, divide the elements or panels in the room so that they are laid out "short distances".

3. Starting installation

Lay the first row on a door and seamless wall. For panels, fit the last piece and fit. For slab parquet mounted on plates, saw down the slabs and start at a distance from the wall.

4. Distribute the adhesive

For glued parquet, only distribute enough adhesive so that gluing or fitting the parquet elements does not outlast the hardening time of the adhesive. Close the glue bucket again and again.

5. Row by row

Refill, offset or frontal, row by row, according to the type of parquet. Do not forget spacers. The adaptation of each end element only to a maximum of three rows pre-saw, as many masonry are wrong.

6. Completion

Depending on the laying style, enter the parquet only after the adhesive has dried or immediately after completion, and cut and attach the skirting boards.

Tips & tricksFirely laid parquet always needs a certain amount of time to sit down. This usually extends over a longer period of time and the "living" wood reacts to temperature and weight load with cracking noises. These disappear after a few weeks. The longer the rest period lasts, you allow your parquet without load, the less crackling it develops.
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