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Parquet Flooring
Parquet Flooring. Image Credit: setimber.com.au

Introduction - example: "Parquet wood flooring, sometimes referred to as woodblock flooring, comes in a variety of materials and stains. Parquetry is precision-milled and is designed to be glued down over a solid, flat subfloor. It can be installed over concrete, over a plywood or particleboard subfloor, as well as over old timber floors.

Yes you read that right; parquet is easy to install. You don't even have to use nails; simply set the pieces in adhesive and you'll be ready to go.

A strong adhesive (I recommend Lecol 5500, Laybond L16 orSika 5500s
Parquet tiles
Chalk or some other type of marker
A notched trowel

Step 1
The most important part of any DIY project is the preparation. Plan the installation to avoid having narrow slivers in areas with high visibility.

Step 2
Cut parquet tiles using a handsaw, circular saw, or saber saw. Because the pieces are small, avoid injury by clamping them to a work table rather than holding them by hand.

Step 3
Draw chalk lines between the midpoints of the surrounding walls so that the lines are square to each other.

Tip: Line up your tiles without the adhesive beforehand to make sure your floor turns out the way you want it to turn out.

Step 4
Once you're certain about the lineage, use a notched trowel to spread your adhesive over the floor. The adhesive sets up quickly, so apply small sections at a time.

Step 5
Press each tile carefully into the adhesive, then slide it against its neighbour to make sure there's no gaps. Join tiles together with tongues and grooves.

Step 6
Undercut casing moulding if you encounter it and cut tiles to go around other obstructions.

For more information on parquet flooring and other types of timber visit SE Timber and Floorboards Online

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