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    I'm extending the bedroom out by 6ft next month over the balcony which is bigger than the actual bedroom, the bedroom at present is about 14ft square and the positioning of windows makes it awkward for furniture etc. This will leave an area of floor to be covered with either tiles or parquet.

    My plan was to use the old parquet floor in one of the rooms down stairs which we are going to tile, and use that to cover the area made in the bedroom.

    I asked the builder about this and he seems to think that it can not be reused, despite not inspecting the rooms as yet.

    I know parquet doesn't seem to be that popular here, but i really like it, and despite being in the rooms for over 20 year, it looks much better than some of the tiled areas that have been there as long.

    I'm pretty handy doing this stuff myself but i've never tackled this type of flooring. Is it quite easy to manage?

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    My landlord in KL replaced a large section of parquet flooring in my apartment ( about 50%) - had termites in it .
    In the living room the floor was all individual bits of wood and he had to take it all up and reset the good bits along with the new.
    Total disaster !
    Some split when he lifted them and all needed sanding down to get the old glue off .
    Ended up ripping it all out and replacing the lot!
    The hallway was a different matter though.
    There the parquet was preformed into squares all about 25cm X 25cm and stuck to a thin backing board.
    They came up ok and looked as good as new when he refitted them .

    So - not having done it, but living in a scrap wood yard for a couple of weeks, I reckon if the flooring is individual pieces don't bother , but if it is preformed squares then it might be worth a try !!

    PS The landlord was a professional carpenter and not a 'bodger' and it drove him up the wall ! ( he was a Chinese coffin maker !!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    I'm extending the bedroom out by 6ft next month over the balcony which is bigger than the actual bedroom, the bedroom at present is about 14ft square and the positioning of windows makes it awkward for furniture etc. This will leave an area of floor to be covered with either tiles or parquet.

    My plan was to use the old parquet floor in one of the rooms down stairs which we are going to tile, and use that to cover the area made in the bedroom.

    I asked the builder about this and he seems to think that it can not be reused, despite not inspecting the rooms as yet.

    I know parquet doesn't seem to be that popular here, but i really like it, and despite being in the rooms for over 20 year, it looks much better than some of the tiled areas that have been there as long.

    I'm pretty handy doing this stuff myself but i've never tackled this type of flooring. Is it quite easy to manage?

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    Yes, they are small pieces about 5x2" at a guess. I reckon the first step is to replace the flooring downstairs with tiles and see how the old flooring comes up. I'm not sure of the thickness so they may break as you say. I rather not replace the bedroom with tiling if i can help it though.

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    My parquet is 100m x 25mm x 10mm. It will come up but there may be a lot of breakage and you may have to grind off the residual glue which will be time consuming. You should also take off the old finish and refinish the new floor as one piece. I think it may be cheaper to replace with new if you are letting a contractor do it. Good luck.

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