How to Install Glue Down Parquet Floor

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How to Install Glue Down Parquet Floor
Parquet floors make any room unique. (parquet image by Roman Sigaev from

The key to a beautiful parquet floor is planning. Carefully measuring your room before designing the pattern will avoid the frustration and wasted expense of an irregular pattern. Because parquet tiles must be laid directly on the subfloor, this is the ideal time to get rid of any annoying squeaks or dips in the floor. Depending on the size of the room and the amount of labour involved in preparing the floor, laying a parquet floor can be accomplished in a day.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Flooring nails (optional)
  • Chalk line
  • Floor tile adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Flooring tiles

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  1. 1

    Remove the existing flooring. Parquet tiles must be affixed to the subfloor.

  2. 2

    Remove the baseboards carefully, numbering each section if you're planning to reuse them.

  3. 3

    Check the subfloor for flaws or squeaks. Use flooring nails to reattach the subfloor to the joists. If the subfloor is not level, replace any warped plywood before laying the parquet tiles.

  4. 4

    Draw a plan of your pattern to ensure any incomplete or irregular parts are hidden as much as possible.

  5. 5

    Make a dry run to get a feel for the pattern.

  6. 6

    Make a grid on the floor in 12-inch increments using a chalk line. Most parquet tiles are 1 square foot in size. The grid ensures that the tiles will be square.

  7. 7

    Spread a small amount of adhesive with a notched trowel in the centre of the room and quickly lay the first tiles. Continue to work out from the centre toward the walls.

Tips and warnings

  • Floor adhesive sets rapidly so only spread a little at a time. Once you put down a tile, it can rarely be removed without damage.

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