Can I lay parquet on an existing floor?

Can I lay parquet on an existing floor? This is no problem at all.

When are doing rebuilding or renovation work, this is the ideal time to lay a parquet floor in your house. The good news is that you do not need to pull up your existing floor to do this. If you take the following points into account, you can just lay your new parquet floor over your existing floor.

How do you lay new parquet on a wooden floor?

There is no problem at all in putting new parquet on top of an old parquet floor. However, you should check whether the planks of the old floor are still stable, level and flat. It's best to repair any defects in the underlay. You should also carefully check for any signs of moisture or mould and make sure that everything is clear and dust-free. If everything is in order, unroll your Basic or Silent underlay over the old wooden floor and lay your new Parky veneer parquet or floating floor on top. By the way, did you know that you don’t need an underlay for our Deluxe collection as it has a cork underlay? Now that’s handy!

How do you lay new parquet on floor beams and OSB board?

If you’re starting with wooden floor beams, it’s best to first lay a covering floor using OSB boards. It is very important that those boards are stable, firm, and level when they are fixed to beams. One major advantage of this technique is that you can determine the direction in which to lay your new parquet floor, without having to take the direction of the floor beams into account.
We also recommend that you lay a noise-damping underlay between the OSB layer and your new Parky parquet. You can also lay the floors in our Deluxe collection directly, without an underlay.

How do you lay your new parquet on concrete or screed?

If you would like to lay your Parky veneer parquet on a concrete floor, this is also an option. You should first make sure that all of the rougher irregularities are removed from the concrete and that the floor is nice and flat. Then make sure the floor is dry and dust-free.
If screed is used for the levelling covering floor on your concrete surface, you should also make sure it is completely dry before you lay your Parky floor on top of it. For screed without underfloor heating, the moisture content should be 2.5%. For screed with underfloor heating, it should be less than 2%, and it should be less than 0.6% for anhydrite screed.

You should also put down an underlay between the concrete and the screed and your wooden floor to prevent condensation. This not only combats rising damp, but it also absorbs minor irregularities and prevents contact noise when you walk on the floor. If you choose a veneer floor from our Deluxe collection, then you only need a damp-proof film to prevent rising damp, as the cork already has a noise damping effect.

How do you lay your new parquet on tiles?

Do you have ceramic tiles, marble or natural stone in your house, but you would prefer the warmth of a wooden floor? Just leave the floor where it is! That is better than pulling it up, because you will avoid damaging the screed or underlying pipes. It also saves you a lot of work.

Before you start work on your parquet floor, it’s best to carefully check whether all the tiles are still properly attached. If they are stable, even and level, then your tiled floor is ready for you to place an underlay on top. This will give you the ideal base for your new Parky floor. If you choose a floor from our Deluxe collection, there is no need for an underlay.

However, there is one exception. If there is underfloor heating beneath your tiled floor, then it is best to remove the tiles.
This is because the extra layer between the underfloor heating and the new parquet floor will cause too much heat loss.

Would you like to have the installation instructions for your Parky floor close to hand when you are laying your floor? You can download them here. 

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