How the parquet floor installation service goes
- On-site survey - The process starts with a free inspection. The experienced fitter will evaluate the condition of your floor, consult with you on what you’re looking for, and give you a no-obligation quote for the installation of parquet flooring. Once you confirm that you’re happy with it, the parquet service can be arranged and begin.
- Subfloor preparation - Parquet floor fitting requires a smooth base in order to be successful. So, the next step is subfloor preparation. The technician will take every measure to ensure the foundation is solid and completely level. Then, they will advise you on what type of underlay is suitable for your subfloor. You have the option to have a sound-absorbing cushion fitted before laying the parquet blocks. This will reduce noise in the room where it’s installed, as well as the one below.
- Parquet floor fitting - After the base is fully prepared and the underlay fitted, the specialist will carry on installing your parquet flooring. First, all measurements will be taken and the mainline planned. This is perhaps the most time-consuming part of the entire process, with the actual installation of the parquet blocks being relatively quick. The full parquet floor fitting service can take several days.
The experts can lay parquet flooring on almost any kind of surface, from concrete to plywood. The blocks can either be glued or nailed down. If adhesive is used, it will need to dry completely before the next stages can begin, so the process can sometimes be quite lengthy.
Parquet blocks can be installed in a variety of patterns, such as diagonal basket weave or brick bond, with the most popular design being herringbone. Before the fitting, the expert will consult with you on which pattern you would like.
- Gap filling - This is a big part of the parquet flooring installation process, as small or large gaps can remain in some of the blocks’ joints, even if they were installed with the utmost care. However, gap-filling can easily resolve this.
- Staining (optional) - If you’d like to change the colour of your parquet floor, the experts can advise you on which shade will suit your needs best and stain the parquet blocks.
- Floor finishing - After the parquet blocks have been installed and the gaps filled, the flooring will be finished to achieve the stunning look you’re after and protect it for a long time. The expert will sand the floor with a specialised no-dust machine. Then, they will buff the surface lightly to remove any marks that may have appeared during the floor sanding process. And finally, the parquet will be sealed with the finish of your choice. This can be either varnish, lacquer, oil, or hardwax oil, depending on the effect you want.