Friday, April 11, 2008

PARQUET FLOORING


INTRODUCTION…

PARQUET IS THE TYPE OF WOODEN FLOORING . THERE ARE DIFFERENT FLOORING AVAILABLE IN TIMBER TYPE.
SHEET FLOORING
SOFTWOOD BOARDS
HARDWOOD BOARDS
WOODBLOCK FLOORING
STRIP FLOORING
BOARD FLOORING
OVERLAY FLOORING
FLOATING BOARDS
PARQUET FLOORING.

PARQUET…
PARQUET IS RECOGNIZED BY MOST PEOPLE AS BEING SMALL PIECES OF WOOD SET OUT IN A PATTERN AS A FLOOR

PARQUETS FLOORS USUALLY CONSISTS OF SMALL BLOCKS OF HARDWOOD , BETWEEN 20 AND 30 MM ( 0.75 INCH & 2.75 INCH ) THICK , LAID OUT IN VARIOUS GEOMETRIC PATTERNS AND DESIGNS.

TRADITIONALLY BLOCKS WERE LAID LIKE BRICKS IN HERRINGBONE PATTERN FOLLOWING THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL ACROSS THE ROOM WITH A STRAIGHT BORDER OF BLOCKS AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE WALLS.

THEY ARE LAID OVER TIMBER , THICK PLYWOOD , PARTICLE BOARD AND SOMETIMES ON CONCRETE WITH A THICK ANIMAL OR EPOXY RESIN GLUE.
IN A GREAT BRITAIN AND MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES PARQUETS ARE ALSO NAILED AT EACH OTHER WITH PANEL PINS WHICH ARE PUNCHED AND STOPPED.
IT IS A THIN BLOCK FLOORING.

ORIGIN OF PARQUET WAS IN BULGERIA.
MAIN MANUFACTURER COUNTRY FOR PARQUET (BIG SIZE TILE) IS MALAYSIA.

MATERIALS……
PARQUET IS GENERALLY REGARDED AS BEING MADE OF WOOD.
THAT WOOD IS USUALLY HARDWOOD.
HOWEVER , SOFTWOODS MAY BE USED TO GREAT EFFECT.
IN THE NORTHEN HEMISPHER OAK IS THE MOST COMMON BASE TIMBER . THOUGH MANY OTHER , TIMBERS ARE ALSO USED AS THE BACKGROUND TIMBER
DESIGNS MAY BE EXECUTED IN ONE SPECIES OR MULTIPLE SPECIES , UTILIZING SUBTLE OR VIVID CONTRASTS IN COLOUR AND GRAIN PATTERN O ACHIEVE DESIRED RESULTS.
OTHER MATERIALS MAY BE INCORPORATED . THOUGH CAPABLE OF ELEGANT COMBINATION , STONE AND WOOD FLOORS ARE NOT COMMON.
METALS , SHELLS , FOSSILES , CERAMICS , LEATHER , GLASS , ANY DURABLE MATERIAL CAN BE INCORPORATED BY THE IMAGINATIVE.

SIZES…..

PARQUET WOODEN FLOORING IS NOT NORMALLY THICKER THAN 15MM SET OUT IN A PATTERN CREATED OF A PIECE WITH STRAIGHT SIDES.
THICKNESS OF PARQUET MAY VARY FROM AS THIN AS TO 1MM TO 15MM. TODAY THE PARQUET FLOORS ARE MAJORITILY CREATED FROM SOLID HARDWOOD AT BETWEEN 6MM TO 10MM THICKNESS.
STANDARD CZAR FLOORS ARE 15MM FULL THICK SOLID HARDWOOD WITHOUT PLYWOOD BACKING.

INSTALLATION…
IN OLD DAYS PARQUET FLOORS WOULD BE ASSEMBLED AND GLUED INTO INTRICATE PATTERN RIGHT ON JOB-SITE.
TODAY SOME COMPANIES USE PLYWOOD BACKING TO PREASSEMBLE THE PARQUET OR WOODEN STRIPS OR BOARDS WHICH ARE ARRANGED IN PATTERNS TONGUE AND GROOVED OR GLUED TO EACH OTHER ARE BAINDED BY CANVAS FOR PROPER BONDING WITH THE FLOORS.
SOMETIMES ALL PIECES ARE HELD TOGETHER BY SPECIAL PLASTIC TAPE ON THE SURFACE AND THIN LAYER OF GLUE ON BACK. THIS TAPE IS TO BE REMOVED AFTER INSTALLATION .TAPE IS USED TO PROTECT THE SURFACE AND EASY HANDLING OF THE TILE DURING INSTLLATON .

WHEN PARQUETS ARE LAID ON CONCRETE THE SURFACE MUST BE WELL CLEAND BY SWEEPING AND THEN ONE HEAVY COAT OF BITUMEL PRIMER MUST BE APPLIED EVENLY AND GIVEN 24 HOURS IN WHICH TO DRY . A CONCRETE FLOOR MUST BE COVERED FIRST WITH A HEAVY-DUTY SINGLE LAYER BITUMINOUS WATER PROOFING MEMBRANE OVER A PRIMING COAT OF HOT BITUMEN .
PARQUETS LEND THEMSELVES TO MANY BEAUTIFUL AND DISTINCT IVE DESIGNS AND A PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE PARQUET OF TEAK 228.6MM. (9 INCH ) BY 44.5MM (1.75 INCH ) BY 12.7 MM. (0.5 INCH ) IN SIZE IS MANUFACTURED IN MALAYSIA . THIS IS TONGUE AND GROOVE WITH THE ENDS ALSO GROOVED .

ANOTHER UNIQUE AND INTERIGUING DESIGN IS THE WINDSOR IN THE HEXAGONAL PATTERN .
MOSAIC PARQUET…
THIS IS MADE UP OF SMALL PIECES OF WOOD , OF REGULAR FORM , CALLED FINGERS WHICH THEY CLOSELY RESEMBLE. THE LENGGTH OF THE FINGERS IS GROOVED BY THE NUMBER TO BE USED IN EACH MODULE , WHICH VARY FROM FOUR TO SEVEN OR MORE AND THE PATTERN TO BE SAID.
ALTHOUGH THE MAKE UP OF MOSAIC PARQUET MAY VARYY CONSIDERABLY FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY , THE PATTERN IS ALWAYS BASED ON SMALL STRIPS OF WOOD (FINGERS)OR ON COMBINATIONS OF OTHER SHAPES AND SIZES , AND ALL ARE OBLONG (PANELS) .

EACH PANEL OF MOSAIC PARQUET MODULE IS HELD BY A SHEET OF ROBUST PAPER WHICH IS STICK OVER EACH PANEL , AFTER IT HAS BEEN ASSEMBLED IN A FRAME.

ADVANTAGES & PROPERTIES…..

WATERPROOFED
AESTETICALLY LOOKS GOOD
DURABLE
CAN BE ARRANGED ON EXISTING FLOOR.
CREATES UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE .
BRINGS WARNTH & LIGHT TO HOUSE.
IT IS A DECORATIVE SURFACE AND NOT A LOAD BEARING SURFACE.

COSTING…..
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT COMPANIES IN MARKET SUCH AS ----
WINDSOR
CZAR
WIPARQUET..

COST VARIES FROM SIZE TO SIZE AND ALSO FROM COMPANY TO COMPANY.
ALSO COST VARIES FROM PATTERN TO PATTERN.
TILES ARE AVAILABLE IN SQ. FT. SIZE.
APPROXIMATELY COST VARIES FROM RS.125/- TO RS.300/- .

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