So you can lay parquet yourself

Modern prefabricated parquet with click technology make laying yourself easy for everyone. While floating parquet resembles simple joint work, full-surface gluing is a bit more time-consuming. Panel parquets or herringbone patterns are more of a task for professionals and place higher demands on craftsmanship.

All parquet types available

If you want to buy parquet flooring to lay it yourself, you will find it in every hardware store. There are pre-finished parquet made of solid wood or as multilayer panels with different wear layer thicknesses. The simple connection techniques with tongue and groove or the widespread click parquet makes mediocre handicraft requirements. Special laying associations, such as the panel parquet, the mosaic parquet or the high-lamellar parquet, are often moved by do-it-yourselfers, as they require specific material knowledge from a joiner, carpenter or carpenter.

The usual laying dressings for self-laying parquet are the popular and noble looking ship's floor, in which parquet panels are placed offset in series. Cube formations with square or rectangularly arranged wooden sticks or lamellas are like herringbone patterns, ladder bottoms and the arrangement of geometric patterns with rhombic and star shapes are laid by experts.

Glued or floating

The biggest advantage of the full-surface bonding of the self-laid parquet is the low sound development, which can be decisive in multi-family houses. The modern click parquets are both floating and easy to use in a glue bed. Any subsequent disassembly of a bonded parquet is very expensive.

Floating laid parquet can be made quieter with special sound insulation, but will never reach the low impact sound of the glued parquet. Laying is less time-consuming and it is often not a problem, for example, to simply consider an old carpet. When required impact sound insulation, for example with cork slabs, the increase of the floor and the doors must be considered.

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Prefabricated parquet or
  • parquet
  • Plastic film
  • skirting
  • nails
  • Possibly sound insulation
  • Eventually parquet glue
  • hammer
  • bat
  • jigsaw
  • crowbar
  • spacer

1. Prepare underground

The floor under the parquet must be completely dry. Unevenness of more than three millimeters should be compensated by flattening or straightening.

2. Plastic film and impact sound insulation

If you lay a sound insulation made of cork, felt or foam foil, you can do without the plastic film. Without insulation, it must be designed as a vapor barrier overlapping on the ground.

3. Measure and saw the first row

Decide where to start laying yourself. Advantageous is a wall without door or passage. If possible, align the longitudinal joints with the light. Cut the first row end panel to the correct length.

4. Apply glue and start

Lay the panel next to the panel and press the side edges together so that no joints are created. This works both floating and on a glue bed. Distribute the adhesive only one row at a time after sawing the end panels.

5. spacers

Use spacers in all directions and on all wall edges to guarantee the parquet later freedom of movement.

6th row by row

Lay row by row and always start the new row on the page where you have finished the previous one.

7. Fix the panels

Use hammer, bats and pull irons to join the individual panels without joints.

8. The last row

Cut the length of the panels to the width of the last row. Think of the spacers that must fit here as well.

Tips & Tricks

Wooden parquet, especially massive variants, is still alive and the wood is working. Temperature influences and indoor climate affect the parquet floorboards. You do something good for your wood if you leave it unpacked in the room where you want to lay it later, about two days before laying.

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