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Parquet Flooring: the Installation Issue

Posted on January 25th, 2012 In: Articles

Many people assume that because they could probably lay a hardwood floor down themselves, they are also able to lay a parquet floor.  While it is true that some individuals with talent and experience in home renovation will have little trouble adjusting to the complexities of parquet in particular, it is generally better to hire a professional installer to lay your new parquet floor.

Parquet is more complicated than a standard hardwood floor because the installation involves a great many more pieces.  While most hardwood flooring comes in standard sized planks that are uniform in their dimensions, parquet flooring can come in quite small pieces, many of which will have assorted dimensions.  In order to install a parquet floor, a professional has to figure out exactly which piece goes where, rather along the lines of solving a jigsaw puzzle of sorts.  The placement of pieces must be quite exact; otherwise, the flooring will not fit the assigned space as planned.

As if this is not complex enough, parquet floor installers must consider connections along all sides of each piece to be installed.  This is because many of the pieces will not be parallel or perpendicular to one another, which is the case with standard hardwood flooring.

The payoff for all this work, of course, is the creation of a truly lovely floor that with periodic parquet floor sanding will last for decades and even generations, making your home a beautiful and restful place to spend time.

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