Things to know before installing parquet floors
- Always read and follow the manufacturers instructions before installing the parquet floor.
- Parquet floors is not suitable for outdoors, spaces with no heating, bathrooms or high humidity spaces.
- Parquet panels may be of different colors so make sure you arrange them according to your personal taste.
- Every parquet panel should be inspected for imperfections.
- Parquet is usually laid in the direction of the source of light. In hallways and large rooms parquet is laid in a way that the longer side of the panel is parallel to the longer wall of the room. While installing the parquet be careful of the dilatation.
- Parquet tends to expand or shrink so make sure you leave some distance. Distance from the walls in small and dry rooms should be at least 10 mm, and even bigger in large rooms and rooms with unstable climate. Dilatation space with massive parquet are larger that in other types of parquet
-In large areas (wider than 7 m and longer than 8 m) use dilatation profiles on transitions from one room to another.
- Parquet should be kept in the original packaging for at least 48 hours in the room in which it will be used.
- Parquet package should be opened just before using. Left over parquet pieces should be wrapped again and taped.
- Massive, two layered and multi layered parquet is fully glued down to the foundation. Three layered parquet can be either fully glued down or installed “floating”.
- Room temperature should be 18 oC and relative air humidity between 40 and 60%
-Three layered ready to use parquet with click system doesn’t need to be glued by the joints. It can be installed “floating” or fully glued down to the foundation. Joints are usually glued if you do the “floating installation”. For gluing the joints use PVA glues (polyvinyl acetate glues). For fully glued down parquets use glues that do not contain water.
The foundation- common facts
- The foundation prepared for installing parquet panels should be flat, smooth and compact. These conditions have to be prepared prior to installing the parquet.
- Screed coat should be cleaned.
- Soft foundations such as carpets are not suitable for parqueting. Old PVC floors, linoleum or cork are suitable only for “floating” method of installing parquet.
- Old ceramic tiles can be appropriate as a parquet foundation only with good hydro insulation. Before gluing the parquet, ceramic tiles should be cleaned and treated with some abrasive method so that surface is not smooth
- Humidity standards must be as follows:
- Concrete layer (CM method) 2% (1,8% for floor heating)
- Anhydride layer (CM method) 0,5(0,3 % for floor heating)
- Wood flooring 8,0%
- Humidity standards must be strictly respected especially with new built.
Foundation - floor heating
- Use only materials appropriate for covering the floor heating systems.
- With dry installation always use steam covers (PVC folium).
- During heating season joint openings may appear between parquet panels.
- Avoid parquets with dimension unstable wood types such as beech, olive, Canadian maple…
- It is recommended not to use parquet flooring over electric under floor heating