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Laying pre-fabricated parquet flooring

Working steps

Prepare the subsurface

1. In order to lay parquet flooring, the subsurface must be even, smooth and dry. On screed, the drying time of approx. 1 week per cm thickness must be taken into account.
2. Unevennesses can be determined using a level.
3. Hollows can be filled using liquid levelling compound.
4. The compound is smoothed off using a wide scraper or trowel.
5. For anhydrite floor screeds and bare concrete floors, a moisture barrier is laid as a parquet flooring subsurface.
6. A sound insulation layer made of corrugated cardboard, cork or extruder foam further increases walking comfort. It is laid out under the entire surface.

Easy laying using the click system

It is possible to lay parquet flooring quickly and perfectly using the click system. This revolutionary laying system replaces the previous connection between parquet floorboards. Instead of gluing tongue and groove, the parquet floorboards are simply angled into each other without the use of glue. This creates a completely closed surface. The floorboards align themselves completely straight and therefore joint-free. The floorboards are therefore connected quickly, accurately and extremely well. The connection is so strong that it will last for the entire lifetime of the parquet flooring, and can withstand extreme strain. Because the parquet floorboards are connected without the use of glue, they can be removed again at any time and re-laid in a new position – which is good if you move house or wish to change your interior design.

1. Start laying the floorboards in the left-hand corner of the room. Later, after laying three rows, the exact distance to the wall can be adapted.
2. Start laying the floorboards in the left-hand corner of the room. Later, once three rows have been laid, the exact distance to the wall can be adapted.
3. Saw the last floorboard in the first row to the correct length and then start the next row using this remainder. Press a floorboard at an angle against the previously-laid row, and at the same time hook it downwards into the previously-laid board. The rows will automatically be absolutely straight.
4. Push the laying wedge (or a self-made, 2.5 cm-thick wedge) under the short end of the previously-laid floorboard to the left of the floorboard which you would now like to lay.
5. Apply the new floorboard at an angle at the end face of the previously-laid floorboard, and hook it in downwards. Ensure that the floorboard does not bend through as you lay it down.
6. Carefully knock the floorboard into the longitudinal profile using a tamping block (not a hammer) until the joint is closed. Remove the laying wedge. Carefully press down the floorboard in steps. It may then be necessary to knock it in gently along the longitudinal edge using the tamping block.

Proceed in the same way with the other floorboards. Once three rows have been laid, the distance between the floorboards and the wall can be adapted. Lay wedges between the floor and the wall.

Finishing work

1. Cut off any projecting foil
2. Install the skirting board

Tips and tricks

Tips for difficult areas

1. In many cases, obstructions such as heating pipes make installation more difficult. In this case, transfer the required pipe sections onto the floorboard, and drill them, leaving room for expansion. Now saw the floor boards at the end face or
2. the longitudinal face as shown.
3. Apply glue to the cut surface.
4. Insert the small piece behind the pipes and then connect it with its counterpiece.
5. When laying in the area of doors, the frame is undercut so that the floorboard can easily be pushed under it as well as the subsurface used. Here an upside-down piece of floorboard can be used as a sawing aid.

Care tips

Pre-fabricated parquet flooring is an exceptionally easy-care floor covering. Simply clean it with a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush. Wipe occasionally by misting it with water; a special cleaning agent can be added to the water.

Parquet flooring on warm water floor heating

Parquet flooring can also be laid on floor heating. However, please observe the following:

  • Select parquet flooring suitable for floor heating.
  • Please ensure in new constructions that the screed is completely dry. It should lie exposed for at least 21 days and then be slowly heated and cooled for a further 14 days in 5 °C steps. During laying, the surface temperature must be max. 18 °C. This should not alter over the subsequent 3 days.
  • Please observe any further recommendations by the parquet flooring manufacturer.

Werkzeug und Hinweise

Required tools

Handsaw
Folding rule
Tamping block
Laying wedge

Advantages

Parquet flooring with the click system feature moisture-protected edges and are always:

  • Replaceable
  • Reusable
  • Can be walked on immediately
  • Particularly safe to install

Diverse surface designs

Pre-fabricated parquet is ready for use immediately; that means that the arduous “finishing“ work such as polishing and sealing parquet flooring is no longer required. The variety of flooring designs is just as large as for standard parquet, as pre-fabricated parquet and floorboards are available in various designs. The construction generally consists of the following: the counter-section, the central layer and at the top the wearing surface. The woods used not only vary in colour and grain, but also in their natural resistance to wear and damage.

Here is a small selection of wood types:

  • Sycamore
  • Birch
  • Oak
  • Ash
  • Jatoba
  • Cherry
  • Merbau
  • Walnut

Laying pattern examples

Symmetric (English) pattern
Ship’s deck pattern
Random pattern