This is how real wood parquet is laid

Real wood parquet gives a room value and elegance - as you can easily lay yourself, and what you need to look out for, you can read here.

The easiest way is the floating installation

Real wood parquet can be laid floating over click systems as well as glued over the entire surface. The floating installation is usually much easier - and therefore more popular. The procedure is no different here than with the laying of laminate - except that the individual elements are not just laminate, but also real wood parquet.

Full-surface bonding is another option that is rarely chosen today. Only on underfloor heating (only hot water FBHs, no electric heaters - for which parquet is not suitable) is often chosen the glued variant to exclude air pockets under the floor and thus a poor transfer of heat from the heated screed.

The installation should always be carried out at a room temperature of at least 18° C and a humidity of at most 70%. Please also note that straight real wood coverings should be stored in the room for at least 2 - 3 days so that they can "acclimate" themselves. This is important because otherwise the installation may not go smoothly and eventually optical defects may occur.

When laying, always proceed slowly and carefully - oversized hurry produces only excessive waste. Always carefully tap the individual elements together so that no visible transitions or even gaps appear later. At the edge you have to leave with real wood necessarily 10, better 15 mm expansion joint - wood can work very strong. Vote your skirting boards on this relatively large distance.

Laying real wood parquet step by step

  • parquet elements
  • Mopboards
  • distance blocks
  • sound insulation
  • ev. PE film as Dampfsperrbahn
  • Rubber mallet (light)
  • suitable saw for cutting
  • straightedge

1. Preparation

As always, before laying the ground check: the floor must be clean, dry, and perfectly level. This is best checked with a standard. New screeds always have to show readiness for a CM measurement. If necessary, smooth out any unevenness and allow the mass to dry completely before starting to lay it.

As already mentioned, let the real wood parquet "acclimate" in the room for at least 2-3 days before you start. Lay down impact sound insulation beforehand and, in the case of floor-cold rooms below, also a PE foil as a vapor barrier.

2. Laying the first row

Just as with laminate, you put the first row in the floating installation first and mark the wall distance with small spacer wedges.

Extend the edge piece and use the remainder piece as the starting point for the next row, unless it is very short. If this is the case, you will need to start the next row with a half shortened piece to get a sufficient offset.

3. Laying the remaining rows

Continue in the same way until all the real wood parquet has been laid. At the end, only the baseboards are mounted, and the floor is treated further.

Tips & Tricks

Whenever possible, you prefer the floating laying of floors - in many cases, full bonding is more complicated, more difficult and offers significantly less impact sound insulation.

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