Parquet flooring comprises of wooden blocks usually arranged in a geometric pattern.
Invariably this is in a herring-bone pattern, although other styles such as basket-weave and chevron are possible.
Parquet flooring is more commonly associated with school halls and public buildings and is perceived to be a very traditional type of flooring, but it is currently undergoing a revival.
This type of flooring is normally fitted onto a solid surface and finished in situ.
The process of installation involves assessing site moisture levels, in both the room environment and also in the sub floor. Any remedial work is undertaken, such as the application of a damp-proof membrane or laying plywood over a wooden sub floor, so as to level the floor.
The parquet wood is then acclimatised for a week prior to installation. The blocks are glued to the sub floor and the floor is cut back around the perimeter in a straight line to accomodate a two-block border. The floor is then allowed a period of grace to ‘settle in’ prior to sanding and sealing.
The blocks come in numerous different types of wood, but normally Oak is preferred. Block styles available also vary in terms of length and thickness and are also graded in either ‘rustic’ or ‘prime’.
More recently, engineered parquet blocks have been manufactured which are suitable over underfloor heating; these are more resilient to the affect of temperature than their solid wood counterparts.