Parquet Flooring Installation Cost

Last updated 14th March 2022

Wondering about the price of having parquet flooring installed?

In this article we’ll layout the cost of such an installation as well as other relevant subjects like the cost factors involved and what’s involved in fitting parquet flooring.

person installing parquet flooring

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How Much Does It Cost to Install Parquet Flooring?


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:

  • 8m2 floor - £450 to £860
  • 12m2 floor - £700 to £1400
  • 16m2 floor - £900 to £1650
  • 20m2 floor - £1050 to £2000
  • 25m2 floor - £1300 to £2400
  • 30m2 floor - £1500 to £2800

The Cost of Installing Maple Parquet Flooring:

  • 8m2 floor - £400 to £800
  • 12m2 floor - £600 to £1100
  • 16m2 floor - £900 to £1500
  • 20m2 floor - £950 to £4200
  • 25m2 floor - £1150 to £2100
  • 30m2 floor - £1350 to £2550

The Cost of Installing Laminate Flooring:

  • 8m2 floor - £340 to £580
  • 12m2 floor - £500 to £1000
  • 16m2 floor - £650 to £1100
  • 20m2 floor - £760 to £1300
  • 25m2 floor - £900 to £1600
  • 30m2 floor - £1100 to £1850

These are the factors that could shape the price of installing parquet flooring:

  • Ease of access
  • Underlay
  • Type/size of flooring
  • Materials used

Parquet Flooring Prices

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


Additional Costs

There are some extra jobs you might want to pay for along with having parquet flooring installed. Let’s look at some common examples.

Underfloor Heating

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.

someone walking on a heated floor

Here’s how much it may cost:

  • New build property with wet underfloor heating - £2500 to £3000
  • New build property with dry underfloor heating - £1000 to £1500
  • Home renovation with wet underfloor heating - £4000 to £4500
  • Home renovation with dry underfloor heating - £1500 to £2000

Painting a Room

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:

  • Painting a room - £200 to £300
  • Stripping, prepping, and painting a room - £300 to £400
  • As per the 2nd job + painting the room’s woodwork - £400 to £600

You may also be interested in having a painted parquet floor at the end of everything.

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Individual costs for installing a 16m² laminate parquet floor - £1200

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Labour Costs and Time Frames

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?

large parquet flooring

Well here’s some estimates…

Timeframe of Installing Parquet Flooring:

  • 8m2 floor - 1.5 to 3 days
  • 12m2 floor - 2 to 3 days
  • 16m2 floor - 2 to 3.5 days
  • 20m2 floor - 2 to 4 days
  • 25m2 floor - 3 to 5 days
  • 30m2 floor - 4 to 5 days

The following factors could shape the labour cost and duration of this work:

  • Size of parquet flooring
  • Ease of access
  • State of the work area

Cost Affecting Factors of Installing a Parquet Floor

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.

Size/Type of Parquet Flooring

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.

Installation Area/Ease of Access

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.

Underlay

The type, size, and quality of the underlay used is relevant given that this will add to your overall bill.

Location of Property

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.

aerial view of neighbourhood

What Does Laying Parquet Flooring Entail?

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.

1. Hiring a Contractor

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.

2. Adding the Underlay

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.

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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.

3. Start in the Centre

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.

4. Continue Adding the Flooring

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.

person fitting wooden parquet flooring

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.

DIY Parquet Flooring Installing

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:

  • Suitable parquet flooring adhesive (glue)

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:

  • Safety gloves
  • Protective eyewear

It’s unlikely that you’ll need any special approvals for this work, thankfully.

Building Regulations and Planning Permission for Parquet Flooring

Unless you intend to add flooring to an extension or outbuilding, building regulations approval shouldn’t be necessary.

gloss parquet flooring

If adding parquet flooring (or any type of flooring for that matter), at least one of the following rules must be met:

  • If it’s a ground level floor, it must offer resistance to heat loss and ground moisture
  • The floor should provide structural support to the contents of the room as well as the weight of the floor and its users

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.

FAQs

Yes, this is possible, although you should double check with the manufacturer’s guidance to be sure. As for the type of sandpaper, it’s very important that you choose the right one.

40 grit sandpaper might do the job but most likely you’ll want to use a lower sandpaper than that. Again, the manufacturer may have guidance on this.
There are different ways of cleaning a parquet floor depending on the type of mess/issue that needs to be cleaned. Generally it is best to employ products especially made for parquet or hardwood floors in order to polish and clean it.

You could also use water, a mop, as well as commercial cleaners that are made for parquet floors in order to carefully scrub the floor and make it clean. These approaches among others can bring about a parquet floor restoration. Ultimately, you want to use specific products/equipment that are designed as a parquet floor cleaner.
You should expect the flooring to remain youthful and radiant for 10 to 15 years.
You’d be looking at supply/materials cost of around £50 to £100 per m2 for parquet wood floor tiles.
It will depend on the product/flooring but it can be quite difficult. If in doubt, it’s best to hire a floor installer.

How to Find & Hire a Parquet Flooring Specialist

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:

  • Do they have any qualifications?
  • What is their previous experience? (ask about references)
  • What about accreditation?
  • Does the contractor offer insurance?

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.

Sources

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https://chauncey.co.uk/2019/08/13/how-to-fit-parquet-flooring/
https://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/2019/08/diy-parquet-flooring.html/
https://www.lowes.com/n/how-to/install-a-solid-hardwood-floor
https://blog.hss.com/how-to-make-your-parquet-floors-look-as-good-as-new/
https://flooringmegastore.co.uk/handy-stuff/parquet-flooring-costs-guide/