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Are you on the brink of restoring warmth and a friendly spirit to your house? The installation of parquet flooring is the alternative that presents itself to you. Between floating, vinyl, solid, laminated or even glued flooring, there are many models of flooring available to you. Depending on your desires and your means, it is up to you to choose the parquet that will have no trouble to sublimate the style of your interior decoration. Once this is done, all you have to do is follow our recommendations for a successful installation of your parquet floor.

The materials needed for the installation of a parquet floor

Above all, focus on the essentials for a totally successful parquet installation. The first step is to take measures of the rooms you want to transform before you set out in search of your new parquet floor. From this measurement you will deduct the number of planks that will be useful to you to carry out your construction or floor change project. Once you’ve found the flooring you need, remember to equip yourself with the necessary equipment for the actual installation of your floor. You will need a pencil, a tape measure, a saw, a cutter, a ruler, adhesive tape and a stapler. Not to mention the glue, the thermal insulation underlay and the wood shims, which will be just as useful during the installation of your floor covering.

Necessary preparations before the installation of the parquet

Before laying the parquet, you should also prepare your subfloor first. To do this, you must clean your floor thoroughly so that it is as clean as possible to effectively accommodate the floorboards. You should also make sure that the ground is especially dry before starting the work. Please note that you are especially entitled to lay your new floor on top of an existing floor covering, as long as it is perfectly flat. If this is not the case, you can of course work on your floor to give it a particularly flat appearance.

You will then have to lay the insulating layer over the entire floor of your room. To achieve this, you need to make sure that the underlay does not block your door opening. Start with the polyurethane damp-proof insulation from the corner of the two walls, then unroll the roll, leaving a small margin of 5 to 10 cm over the baseboards. Using a cutter, continue by installing the soundproofing insulation in the same way. Note that the insulation is generally made of cork or felt panels and must be installed perpendicular to the floor.

The steps of parquet flooring installation

As soon as you have completed the installation of the insulating layer, you need to take the first strip of your parquet, taking care to place it in a right corner of your room. The aim is to continue installing the boards correctly. Continue by placing shims of about 7 mm along your walls to leave a slight gap when the wood strips will change over time.

Then, depending on the installation technique you have chosen, you will need to nail, glue or clip the floorboards together to the other end of the room. To do this properly, you can cut the boards so that they do not overlap each other. To do this, remember to measure the exact length you need to saw, taking care to draw a pencil line before cutting the excess piece with a jigsaw or handsaw. Continue these steps until all the boards are in place. Note that to ensure that the boards are correctly fitted together, using a wedge, remember to strike the end of the row you have just finished each time. Basically, these are the basic steps of a floor installation. In any case, to be sure you get a floor that is as aesthetic as it is practical, nothing beats the intervention of real specialists in the field.