Parquet flooring in the home

It is an interior design given now that bare floorboards are a better look than carpets. That said, your grandparents may well have their own opinions about much of Britain stripping out the floor coverings that they would have loved to cover their own bare boards when growing up. Style is like that. It tends to go in circles.

Of course, stripping back the carpets can unveil all manner of terrible boarding beneath. But if you are very lucky then you may just uncover some parquet flooring, especially if your home was built in the Victorian or Edwardian eras. Parquet floors are best-known as being in a herringbone pattern, but they can also be laid in other patterns, like a basket pattern. The small pieces of wood are glued or tacked in place to create the pattern, often with a border around the edge to create a neat finish flush with the walls or skirting.


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The beautiful wood tile flooring was certainly a step above floorboards and its patterned layouts were usually made in high-quality wood. This means that parquet floors that have been overlaid with carpets will be in surprisingly immaculate condition when you discover them.

Damage will be dependent upon the quality and thickness of wood used to make the floor, but the most common problems are water damage, warping or the tiles coming away from the base.


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If there is extensive damage then you should call out a flooring expert, but if there are just some raised tiles then you may be able to tap them down with a mallet. Although you may wish to seek an expert opinion first and have them do any remedial work with the right tools. The cost of the job will vary greatly, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done and the state of the original parquet flooring. Replacement parts may be available from salvage yards, but they will still need to be sourced and installed. So you are unlikely to get away without spending at least £200.

Installing an entirely new parquet floor is quite an undertaking and far from cheap, although the results can be stunning. Costs can vary widely and depend on the thickness and the quality of the wood that your tradesman is using, as well as whether it is new or reclaimed flooring. But you can expect to pay around £40 to £50 per square metre for the materials and a similar amount for the labour per square metre.


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Both can be obtained slightly cheaper, but it is worth paying for a good tradesman and good materials if you want the stunning finish that parquet offers. Otherwise you may just end up with a slightly more fancy laminate floor. The parquet flooring needs to be glued down and sanded carefully and this does take time.

If you are in any doubt about whether parquet would work in your home or just whether it is right for your needs then do speak to a tradesman or have one call around to give you a quote. It is quite a commitment in terms of disruption, cost and permanence. But you are very unlikely to regret having a quality parquet floor laid in your home. It is timeless and a professional done job can add to the value and appeal of your home.

Iain Aitch

Iain is a London-based writer who works as a journalist for a number of newspapers and magazines. He has also written two books, one of which is a hilarious lexicon about Britishness – Iain is a Brit through and through!

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