07-21-2012 01:13 PM
Every now and again, I get this question in my store:
"Do you guys have parquet flooring?"
We do! Although it is no longer sold in our store, there is still enough of a demand that we carry more now online than we ever did in-stock. I've recently seen (at least at my store in Atlanta) a trend in either repairing or getting parquet flooring in their homes. Especially in my neighborhood, most of our houses have a bungalow pre-WW2 design, and this kind of flooring was very popular in living rooms and entrance areas of those homes.
While repairing an existing parquet flooring depends on many factors (size of damage, floor, etc.) I'll briefly go over some of the things to expect if you are interested in getting new parquet floors.
Before we get started though, I'd like to tell you that there are now vinyl resilient options that look and perform just like regular parquet flooring! Shown and linked below, TrafficMaster Allure also has special order patterns available in parquet designs.
As with any floor, you'll first need to layout and measure it to ensure you'll get the right amount of materials. Always increase your square footage needed by 10 percent to make up for any potential cuts and/or damaged pieces.
All wood parquet flooring tiles we sell are installed by gluing them down directly to the subfloor. As long as your subfloor is clean, level, and free of debris you can install them in most rooms of the home. Exceptions to this would be areas of high moisture present, like laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Most parquet tiles have either small tongue and groove edges, or can simply be installed side by side, row by row.
The adhesive you would use for your parquet tiles needs to rated for gluing them down. Also, make sure to pick up a notched trowel and proper clean-up materials, as shown below with the adhesive.
For the Allure vinyl systems, adhesive is not needed, as the flooring floats over the existing subfloor and is installed differently. But remember in either case, proper layout, measurement, and installation will guarantee the success of your new flooring.
Any further questions, please ask us here on the community.
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