Installing parquetry block flooring, a skill from the past, gives you a wonderful looking floor. Who would have thought that the time honoured tradition of wood block parquet can actually produce significant construction cost savings! Recognising that the longer the piece of wood or the wider the piece of wood the more you pay for it, parquet can generate savings over conventional Strip Flooring.
As the Australian Code of Practice now requires that no wood floor system can be installed over an “unventilated” sub floor, the practice of installing battens over concrete is now outlawed and replaced by the installation of minimum thickness 18mm thick exterior waterproof structural grade plywood (not cheap alternatives). This practice achieves significant technical advantage for any strip floor installation,.
The raw underside of the boards are not exposed to condensation (moisture) formed from the air, especially when radiant heat from sunlight streaming through glass window walls etc., causes “cupping” of boards, as the top surface should be well sealed with a minimum of three full flood coats of Enviro Floors coating system as the wear surface.
The avoidance of battens creates a very “quiet” solid floor without the traditional “drum” of foot traffic.
The avoidance of humid spaces is a positive with regard to termites. As a quality installation of Wood Block Parquet is directly bonded to the concrete sub floor with waterproof polyurethane Adhesives, parquet floors are extremely “quiet.
Specialist parquet producers have extremely close control over “moisture content” and “grading” of a wide range of local and exotics timber species.