268 Magill Road, Beulah Park, SA 5067

Flooring installation

This is a brief guide to flooring installation and what to expect. Parquetry Flooring Company installs “All Timber Floors”. We install in metropolitan and regional areas around Adelaide.

Flooring installation with Parquetry Flooring Company includes the installation of Parquetry, Solid timber (hardwood) boards, engineered parquetry and engineered /floating floors.

Installing Parquetry and Solid Timber Floors

At Parquetry Flooring Company we use these two most common ways to install Parquetry & Hardwood floors:

  1. The floor is installed directly onto your concrete slab
  2. We nail boards to batons

When laying on to concrete, we treat most concrete slabs with a Water Based Epoxy Membrane (Hydrepoxy) as a moisture barrier. This is to protect your parquetry or hardwood floors from drawing moisture up through the concrete slab of your home. It is a very important treatment to do prior to laying any timber floor.

If installing parquetry onto batons, we first attach plywood or STRUCTAflor® (particleboard product) to the batons and lay the parquetry on that. It is always important to have a strong and level surface to apply parquetry or solid timber.

PFC also install onto Hebel and the process is very similar to installing parquetry on batons. Plywood or STRUCTAflor® is required to prior to us laying the floor.

Installing Parquetry & Solid Timber Floors

Installing Parquetry and Solid Timber (hardwood) is a very similar process. The floor technicians at Parquetry Flooring Company will:

After we install your parquetry or hardwood floor, it must not be walked on. The glue we use must have time to cure. We then sand your floor and seal it with the coating of your choice. You can then walk on your floor 24 hours after we have completed this process (in socks). Your furniture can be returned gently on your floors after 3 full days.

Below is an example of laying European Oak Parquetry in a Herringbone pattern, each piece of timber is individually laid, making this a skill that takes time to learn and perfect.

Watch a time-lapse of the sanding and polishing process of installation

Installing Engineered Parquetry

Engineered Parquetry can be installed in various ways. The most common ways that Parquetry Flooring Company uses are:-

We use an acoustic underlay with floating floors. Usually, the underlay is 2mm or 3mm acoustic underlay. The Hush Platinum 2mm underlay is a high-density polyethene suitable for domestic and commercial installations. The 3mm underlay used is Sound Guard, which is one of the most advanced underlays in the current market. It has the highest American Certified test ratings in both the impact insulation and the sound transmission class.

We use rubber acoustic underlay in some homes. This acoustic underlay is predominately used on upper floors in apartments, villas and homes. PFC uses a recycled rubber granulate bound with a waterproof flexible binder called Impactamat. For more information on these products, which meets and exceeds the Australian Building requirements, please click the link above.

The direct stick method refers to being glued down, however, there are no nails required in this process either.

An advantage of installing engineered or floating floors is that they come pre-finished once our technicians have laid your floor it is ready to walk on. These floors do not need extra coatings applied after installation. They need the same care as all timber floors do. See care and maintenance.

Installing Engineered or Floating Floors

Engineered European Oak Timber flooring

As with Engineered Parquetry, PFC uses two common ways to install Engineered or Floating Floors

  • Floating Floor method
  • Direct Stick method

Floating Floors have a 2mm or 3mm acoustic underlay that is not glued down. See above in the installing engineered parquetry to learn more about the 3 most common underlays that PFC uses.

The direct stick method is when your floor is glued to your concrete slab. We must treat your concrete slab with Hydrepoxy to ensure no moisture rises to your floor.

An advantage of installing engineered or floating floors is that they come pre-finished, once the floor is installed by our technicians it is ready to walk on. These floors do not need extra coatings applied after installation. They need the same care as all timber floors do. See care and maintenance.

Things you can do to help

  • Remove all furniture
  • Animals must be locked away
  • Although we do our best to keep dust to a minimum, cover book shelves etc
  • When cold you may need to have the heater going
  • If it is hot, you may need to have air conditioning going
  • Do not walk on the floor until it is 100% finished

Some things to think about prior to floor installation

  • Tiling in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries to be complete.
  • Wall (gyp-rock, plaster) to be complete
  • Glazing finished and the house at lock-up stage
  • Electricity and water connected and fully functional within the house
  • Concrete slab edges sealed or protected from the elements
  • Storm seals fitted to all external doors in rooms where parquetry or our flooring is to be installed.
  • Silicone sealer applied to both sides of aluminium door tracks on external doorways.
  • Sensible protection of the floor from extremes, particularly in unoccupied homes.

Parquetry

Parquetry flooring is made from solid timber cut into blocks. It is installed in various patterns to give a classic, timeless and impressive look.

Blackbutt solid timber hardwood floor oil modified gloss finish installed in Adelaide

Solid Timber Floors

We offer the highest-quality Australian and European timber flooring. Our team are experts in this field, with decades of combined experience and can help with any questions you have.

Engineered & Floating

Engineered floors are a modern example of plank and parquetry flooring.

ATFA consumer information

The following consumer information is available for download from the Australasian Timber Flooring Association.

Timbers for the environment

When you choose timber, you are not only selecting a beautifully individual floor made from a renewable resource, you’re also making a positive impact on climate change.

Installation over acoustic underlays

Timber floors installed in high-rise and unit developments where it is necessary to reduce to acceptable levels the noise transmission through to the dwelling below. We can lay timber and similar hard flooring products on an acoustic underlay.

This information sheet is to outline the requirements and what is to be considered when installing a timber floor where the noise transmission needs to be reduced.

We should also note that there are many other factors that relate to the actual noise transmitted including what the floor space is used for, whether soft-soled footwear worn and whether rugs and runners are placed in higher foot traffic areas.

Each of these can have a profound effect on the actual noise transferred and the amenity of those living beneath the floor.

Choosing a timber floor that suits you

You’d like a timber floor but think it might cost too much–think again! It might seem that carpet is a cheaper option, however, a solid timber floor will last a lifetime, it’s healthier, better for the environment, and let’s face it–a statement for your home! The timber floor may cost you more initially, but in ten years when you’re replacing the carpet, your timber floor is still going strong.

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