Reno right: Parquet flooring


We share some expert tips and advice on how to reno the right way!

Q: The parquet flooring in my bedroom is old and some of the blocks have started coming loose due to water damage. Can I just glue them back, and will they come loose again.

A: According to Kelvin Tan of Maywell Lifestyles, properly maintained parquet floors can last up to 50 years. Parquet strips are laid in the tongue-and-groove method, which means one links to the next. “If one comes out, the rest will follow,” he says.

Having worked in wood repair and restoration for over 20 years, the most common reason for popping parquet is water damage. The majority of such instances occur just outside the master bathroom doorway. He puts it down to the accumulative effect of post-shower wet feet (use a bathmat, please!).

“When I look below the loose parquet, I usually find rotting plywood, which is the base layer parquet is installed on,” he shares.

Most contractors prefer to remove the entire flooring and install new parquet, which can be costly. But if the damage is limited to a small area (about 3sqf), Kelvin prefers to take the effort to saw off the damaged pieces of plywood, and replace the subfloor with marine plywood. Though the material is the most expensive, marine ply resists rotting, warping, and shrinking, and repels moisture.

To ensure colour and grain matching, he reuses the old parquet and refinishes the floor.