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Install a parquet floor

Install a parquet floor


Parquet floors are designed to be installed as interlocking tiles or with a peel and stick backing.

Parquet has always been a popular wood flooring choice due to its intricate inlaid and herringbone pattern. The 12-inch square tiles, which come in a selection of light to dark finishes, are sold at flooring and home centers. They are designed to be installed as interlocking tiles or with a peel and stick backing, so installing them is a good choice and doable project for a budding do-it-yourselfer.

For a long-lasting installation make sure the subfloor is clean, dry, structurally sound and level. Expect a contractor to charge $1,136, including labor and material, to install 12-inch prefinished parquet floor tiles with base shoe molding and door threshold to trim out a 10-by-12-foot room. It will cost more in time and money if the existing floor needs repair work to make it a sound surface or removing the old flooring.

A homeowner can buy the tiles and material for $680 and save 40% by installing them. To do the job you will need basic carpentry and measuring tools and a circular saw. If you don't have kneepads, get some and save your sorry shins.

You may spend a lot of time and work removing the existing flooring material, especially if there’s more than one layer, but don’t skip it because it’s necessary to provide a sound foundation for the new floor. Plan the job by first removing the old floor and base shoe molding and preparing the subfloor. Then lay out the tiles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Complete the project by cutting, fitting and installing the tiles, followed by trimming out the room with the new base shoe and threshold.

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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$1,136 — $680 — 15.2 — 21.5 — $456 — 40%

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