Last updated 5th December, 2023
Fancy an upgrade to parquet flooring?
This article discusses all you need to know about laying a parquet floor. We discuss the cost of parquet wood flooring and include the installation fees you can expect. On average you can expect prices for wooden parquet flooring to range from £340-£2800.
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What is parquet flooring exactly?...
This type of flooring is named after its design as it consists of a geometric mosaic of timber pieces. The purpose of this is purely decorative.
In general, the patterns in such floors tend to be angular and geometrical. These shapes can include triangles, lozenges, and squares, although curves are also possible.
Let’s take a look at the average cost to fit parquet flooring based on the type of wood used and per the size of the floor.
The Cost of Installing Beech Parquet Flooring:
The Cost of Installing Maple Parquet Flooring:
The Cost of Installing Laminate Flooring:
These are the factors that could shape the price of installing parquet flooring:
Here’s the average cost to lay vinyl flooring per square metre:
|Size of Flooring||Beech Parquet||Maple Parquet||Laminate Parquet|
|8m2 floor||£450 to £860||£400 to £800||£340 to £580|
|12m2 floor||£700 to £1400||£600 to £1100||£500 to £1000|
|16m2 floor||£900 to £1650||£900 to £1500||£650 to £1100|
|20m2 floor||£1050 to £2000||£950 to £4200||£760 to £1300|
|25m2 floor||£1300 to £2400||£1150 to £2100||£900 to £1600|
|30m2 floor||£1500 to £2800||£1350 to £2550||£1100 to £1850|
There are some extra jobs you might want to pay for along with having parquet flooring installed. Let’s look at some common examples.
A money-saving and energy efficient way of heating a room is with the use of underfloor heating. This could also make for a particularly comfortable underfoot.
Here’s how much it may cost:
You may wish to have one or several walls (more than likely every wall) in a room painted, either with some fresh coats of the existing colour or for new colours. One way or another, this could fix a dull room by making it new, exciting, and vibrant!
Regardless, the following price estimate would apply:
You may also be interested in having a painted parquet floor at the end of everything.
Individual costs for installing a 16m² laminate parquet floor - £1200
We’ll now look at the labour parquet floor cost separate to the overall cost. The cost of labour along with that of supplies and waste removal make up the total cost.
It’s likely to cost around £90 to £150 per day in labour expenses. But how many days would the work actually take?
Well here’s some estimates…
Timeframe of Installing Parquet Flooring:
The following factors could shape the labour cost and duration of this work:
There are a range of factors that can shape the price of having parquet flooring installed. In this section, we’ll explore these factors in more detail.
The type and size of parquet flooring is relevant given that the longer it takes for the floor to be installed, the higher the labour cost is likely to be.
The state of the work area matters because the more difficult it is to work with the longer the work may last and therefore, once more, the more the labour expenses will probably end up.
The type, size, and quality of the underlay used is relevant given that this will add to your overall bill.
As for where you live, this is relevant since labour costs differ across the United Kingdom. The specific reason for this is that since living costs differ by region, tradespeople set different prices depending on where they are based. Other factors such as the size of competition in an area can also influence prices.
The exact process of fitting parquet flooring could differ based on the approach used and the type of flooring, among other factors. However, the following description is a common enough assessment of what’s involved.
Unless you’d prefer to undertake this work DIY, the first step is to hire the right contractor/company for the job. Before making a decision, it’s worth acquiring around 3+ quotes from a range of individuals/companies, as well as some references. This will help you secure bang for your buck.
You’ll want to fit the correct underlay for the job. However, it’s important that you first check that the floor is level. While the floor could be made level by securing any loose boards (if it’s wooden) among other steps to level out the floor. However, if needed, you can add a self-levelling compound. This should be done carefully per the manufacturer’s instructions.
In most cases around 2mm underlay can be added before a fibreboard may be added atop. More underlay may be needed than first anticipated depending on whether the floor is level come the end of the process.
You’ll want to start in the middle of the room and begin laying down pieces of parquet floor in the direction that you intend the floor to run. It’s critical that the middle row is straight so that everything else can be built around it and fall into place.
When laying the middle row along the centre line you may use a PVA glue or another suitable product to make sure that the planks stay in place just right and remain still for when clicking them into place with further planks. It’s important that you know how to lay a parquet floor but the manufacturer will provide helpful instructions, which should be easy enough to follow.
From here, you can work outwards from the middle and continue adding the parquet flooring. On reaching the border, you’ll need to cut, trim, and add additional tailored pieces (i.e. cut to shape and size) to fill in gaps that leave the flooring set perfectly against the wall without any gaps.
Fill the border until the entire room is safely and accurately filled with flooring. After this point, any remaining wood can be recycled or kept for later reuse.
You can definitely fit parquet flooring DIY if you wish. As with any work there are some risks/hazards involved, such as from carrying the planks around and dealing with sharp/dangerous equipment and tools. There’s also the risk of an incorrect installation.
The following tools/equipment may be needed:
For a click system, this may be all that is required, but otherwise a pneumatic flooring nailer, drill with drill bits, or/and hammer and nail set may be applicable.
You may want to consider the following safety equipment:
It’s unlikely that you’ll need any special approvals for this work, thankfully.
If adding parquet flooring (or any type of flooring for that matter), at least one of the following rules must be met:
With regards to planning permission, this is unlikely to apply unless, perhaps, you live in a listed building. If you’re unsure of anything, it is best to contact your local council.
You can expect to pay somewhere between £100 and £500 for building regulations approval or £200 to £300 for planning permission if applicable. More information may be found on the Planning Portal.
When finding the right person or company for the job, it’s important that you take the right steps to succeed at this very important initial phase of the work.
The average cost of hiring a parquet flooring specialist is £90 to £150 a day.
You should consider the following points when hiring a professional:
Qualifications and training are not needed for a professional to install parquet flooring. However, it is possible that they will have a qualification such as a FloorSkills training course from the British Wood Flooring Association (BWFA). You can always contact CSCS with a trade persons registration number to find out more about them such as their qualifications.