Mosaic wood floors are the same as parquet floors. Made up of small blocks or strips of wood, mosaic wood floors normally take the form of either a herringbone, block or lozenge pattern. Dating back to the mid to late 1600’s, mosaic or parquet wood flooring is widely associated with Versailles and the Grand Trianon. Originally introduced to cover cold tiles, mosaic or parquet wood flooring is less common now than it was only a few decades ago.
Commonly made up of a mixture of woods such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine or maple, mosaic wood floors can be as complex or as simple as the imagination and the abilities of the fitter. Not normally a project associated with DIY, mosaic wood floors can look really appealing in the right setting. Originally made exclusively from solid wood, mosaic wood floors nowadays can also be made from engineered wood flooring. The fitting of mosaic or parquet flooring relies on a tongue and groove system to fit together neatly.
Mosaic or parquet flooring is normally a fairly complicated design which can either be achieved using small blocks or strips of individual species of wood or using a custom cut mosaic wood floor kit. Either way, herringbone mosaic flooring installation is not for the feint hearted. A highly skilled art, if this is something you plan to try out yourself, it’s best to test out your skills by practising on a small area before tackling the whole floor.
If you are planning to install a mosaic wood floor yourself you need to plan your pattern carefully unless you’ve bought a pre-determined kit. You should test the laying of your flooring along the longest straight wall in the room. This will give you a guide for future rows. Check the positioning by laying out a row to take you right across the room. Once you are happy that your first pattern is in the correct position, mark the floor and start to lay your whole panels. Only once all your whole panels are laid should you think about cutting part panels and cutting into corners and around pipes and doorframes. A good idea to avoid waste is to make a cardboard template of difficult or unusual shapes and checking its fit before marking the panel and subsequently cutting it.
Once all your panels are laid, you should sand the entire area to make sure it is smooth and then treat your mosaic wood floor as you would any other new wooden floor, by treating it and sealing it according to your desired style.