The trick to laying a top-class Parquet Floor is to provide a rock-solid subfloor. Unlike hardwood floors, the Parquet tiles will not make your floor any stronger, and if your subfloor has bounce it can slowly separate the tiles over time as the wood expands and contracts. Even if you have a 3/4 in. subfloor, it is recommended to screw an additional 1/2 in. plywood over the subfloor to make it stronger. Stagger the joints so they do not line up with the original subfloor. Parquet tiles can also be glued directly to dry concrete floors that are above ground level. Treat the Parquet tiles as you would any other type of wood flooring, by giving it 2 to 3 days adjustment time before installation in the room you will be laying them.
Begin by removing all baseboards in the room. If you cannot remove the baseboards, you can butt the tiles against it and when the job is completed you can install Quarter-Round Moulding between the floor and the baseboards, to hide any gaps and give it a professional finish. Measure the room, and then snap chalk lines at right angles to each other to divide it into 4 equal sections. Spread the Manufacturer-recommended adhesive as you go along and give it acclimation time, about 10 to 15 minutes until it is tacky to touch. Lay the Parquet squares in a pyramid following 2 chalk lines snapped at right angles to each other, and set the tile by covering it with a 2x2 piece of scrap plywood and gently tap it down with a hammer or rubber mallet. Use a jigsaw for intricate cuts, a miter saw for diagonal and straight cuts, and at doorways, cut off the bottoms of door casings (vertical trims) by using a pullsaw. Bump a tile against it, mark, and cut.
Parquet Floors can turn your rooms into a beautiful wood mosaic, and it comes in some very interesting and intricate styles, and different wood variations and colors. This often under-estimated and under-appreciated wood flooring, when properly installed, can make a fine addition to any room and give your home's floors a little more variety !