Parquet Floors 3 - Preparation Parquet Floors 3 - Preparation
Installing a Parquet Floor
Some people look at parquet floors, with all the small, beautiful inlaid pieces, and think, "What patience and skill the installer must have had!" Actually, patience and great skill is no longer needed to install this beautiful flooring. Quite the opposite is true. It is one of the simpler do-it-yourself projects. This is because all those little pieces have been prefabricated together into larger tiles. Because of this, and the fact that it comes pre-finished, it is no more difficult to install than vinyl floor tiles.
What You Will Need
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Plan on approximately 10 to 15 work hours to complete a 9' x 12' room, longer if underlayment is needed. This can be a one person task.
If adding an underlayment before laying your floor:
- Leveling compound
- Particle board or luan mahogany plywood
- 6-penny ring shank nails
If you are only laying the parquet:
- Mastic or adhesive
- Reducer strip
- Parquet tiles
- Adhesive cleaning solvent
- Plywood Rags