Tips for buying prefabricated oak parquet

Prefabricated parquet is already sealed at the factory and does not need to be processed after laying. With floating installation, the finished parquet can be used immediately, with full-surface gluing after the adhesive bed has hardened. Both lacquered and oiled and waxed parquet are available.

Largest selection of ship floor patterns

The majority of types of parquet with large-area individual elements are offered as pre-fab parquet made of oak, with the ship floor being the most common. For smaller parquet associations, laying units mounted on paper, nets, mats or panels are offered as finished products, as is the case with industrial parquet.

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The tongue and groove connection is the classic type of twisting in pre-fab parquet. The click technology also simplifies laying and is especially available with multi-layer parquet.

Long service life of the prefabricated parquet

Prefabricated oak parquet is manufactured as a multi-layer parquet, with an upper wear layer of three to ten millimeters applied to a substrate such as plywood or pressboard. Alternatively, pre-finished parquet made of solid wood is also available.

Due to the natural abrasion resistance and robustness of oak wood, sanding is less necessary than with other trees. Therefore, a wear layer of five millimeters in multi-layer variants can ensure a very long service life, as almost one millimeter of wood is removed per sanding process.

Prices of selected providers (as of 2013)

Solid oak parquet
Painted light industrial parquet 52.95 EUR / sqm
Cube mosaic Light industrial parquet, UV-oiled
Prefabricated oak parquet, multilayered
Bright 3-strip lacquered floor 24.90 EUR / sqm
Light ship floor 3-strip UV-oiled 25.90 EUR / sqm

Wear layer, re-oiling and joints

Since up to one millimeter of surface is removed during one sanding process, you should choose a wear layer of at least three millimeters in order to be able to guarantee sanding twice.

In the case of oiled parquet, you should buy the oil and wax used in the pre-processing when you buy the parquet, so that you can later carry out proper maintenance.

With prefabricated parquet, the joints are joined but not sealed. There are special care products with which the joints can be treated. Have this ready as your oak flooring is working and gaps can form over time.

Tips & Tricks If you want to smooth or grow oiled ready-to-earth parquet despite pretreatment, you have to sand the existing seal slightly. Be sure to check the degree of saturation of pretreatment because oak does not have a suction force after sufficient oiling.