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Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is a popular style of wood flooring that’s been used for centuries in interior and exterior spaces. Rather than laying wood planks side by side in straight rows, parquet flooring relies on geometric mosaics to complete a flooring design. Wood can be cut into squares, triangles, or other similar shapes and laid together into a pattern. One of the most common types of parquet flooring is herringbone, which has a classic look no matter which species of wood you use it with. As you can imagine, laying parquet flooring isn’t as straightforward as fitting regular wood flooring, so it requires professionals with years of flooring experience to get it right.

Parquet Floor Fitting Services

Laying parquet flooring adds a few extra steps to the installation process. Most notably, you must organise and arrange the layout of your blocks before starting. Ensuring the layout fits the room properly is a crucial step, as any mistakes could lead to starting over. Out attentive fitting process ensures that your parquet flooring is installed correctly and efficiently. Starting with the initial consultation, where we discuss your ideas for your new flooring, through to installation and cleanup, we are dedicated to the highest attention to detail and exceptional customer service. Good quality fitting is critical to the longevity and performance of parquet flooring.

Over 30 Years Experience

At Horizontal Matters, we’ve been offering premium parquet flooring and installation services for over thirty years. Thanks to our commitment to providing expert advice, excellent customer service, and affordable prices on flooring and installation, we’ve become one of the top flooring companies in North London.

Popular Parquet Styles

Chevron Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring arranged in a chevron style utilises a zig-zag pattern with the wood planks. Chevron is similar to herringbone, but it’s laid in a uniform pattern rather than a staggered one. For this reason, chevron tends to create a cleaner, simpler appearance and is used in many types of homes. Chevron parquet flooring has a classic look that gives any room enough character without being overwhelming. It’s more interesting than regular, straight-plank wood flooring, but not so distracting that it takes away from the rest of the room. Our flooring experts can provide you with chevron parquet in several types of woods and finishes to suit your style preferences.

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Five Finger Parquet Flooring

Five finger parquet involves cutting wood into five tiny strips to make a square, then creating a second square with the strips going horizontally instead of vertically. These squares repeat across the entire floor, creating a classic design that suits most homes and even commercial spaces. Five finger parquet flooring is popular because it helps vary the natural textures and colours of the wood by cutting it into such small pieces. It’s used in living rooms and bedrooms, as well as dining rooms, foyers, and hallways. Five finger parquet also has several commercial uses, in schools and gymnasiums, for example. Horizontal Matters offers five finger parquet in a variety of wood types and finishes as well.


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Parquet Flooring Restoration

Parquet flooring looks impressive and adds charm to any interior space. But like all wood flooring, it does require maintenance or even restoration. Our flooring experts can repair your worn-out parquet flooring using several techniques, like sanding and buffing. Parquet restoration requires a delicate process, and only professionals should undertake parquet repair. Our restoration services will make your parquet flooring as good as new, keeping it in the best condition and helping to extend the lifespan of your flooring. Sometimes, the best solution is restoration rather than installing new flooring.

Commercial Parquet Floor Installation

Hardwood flooring has become a staple in certain commercial spaces, and parquet flooring in particular. Hotels, restaurants, bars, offices, and other hospitality businesses rely on classic parquet flooring for a clean, elegant, and welcoming atmosphere. Parquet flooring is ideal for other commercial properties, too, such as schools, universities, and retail shops. If parquet flooring isn’t fitted correctly, however, it becomes susceptible to damage and could require replacement sooner rather than later. Our flooring experts can install parquet flooring for your commercial property and ensure it’s fitted safely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wood & Laminate Floors

Yes. There are many sound reducing underlays on the market which can be incorporated into the installation. These will offer a sound reduction of between 10 to 43 decibels.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

Yes, but in most cases for wood it must be an engineered product, and you must use an appropriate underlay specifically designed for the purpose.

This would be due to excessive moisture. If you are using a mop to clean your floor ensure it is well wrung out before you start.

All wooden floors must be laid with room for expansion. There are various ways of concealing the expansion gap and we can happily show you all the various options.

Unless great care is taken with a wooden floor it is very likely to scratch. If you have a ‘shoes-off’ policy in your house this would reduce the likelihood of scratches, as will a strong doormat to catch loose grit at the entrance. In the case of laminates, they are highly scratch resistant.

Most wooden floors are more or less maintenance free but you should always follow the manufacturers recommended guidelines for maintaining your floor.


‘Tracking’, as it is known, may occur in high traffic areas, and will depend on the type of carpet you select. Carpets that are denser are less likely to track. To reduce the likelihood of this occurring it is recommended that carpets are vacuumed twice a week to lift the pile, and we also recommend that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.

The average life span is 7 years although there are a lot of new carpets on the market that give a 10 year guarantee.

Depending on the type of carpet being installed either plywood or hardboard can be applied to the floorboards prior to your new carpet being fitted.

Yes, you can but low tog underlays must be used which will allow the heat to penetrate through to your room.

There are specialist underlays available that reduce this type of noise and we would be happy to provide advice to you if this is a concern.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

What our clients say...

Raj Bhatt | Property Associates

I just wanted to thank you for providing a high-quality service with complete professionalism in our recently completed development in Finchley. You followed up on my referral immediately and came on-site within a week and then provided a competitive quote within a few days. We scheduled a time to fit and you arrived promptly to complete the job. I was …

Mrs Goodman, North Finchley

Delighted with my new Lounge carpet, supplied and expertly fitted by Horizontal Matters – highly recommend the service, choice and fitting

Beach Body Boot Camp

Dear Stuart I would like to thank you for the fantastic floor you fitted in my studio. I needed an extremely durable one which will last a long time in the gym environment. I was going to buy this floor from a builders yard hoping to get the best quality high density floor for my money. Luckily, I asked your …

Raphael Phillips

I have used horizontal matters on a number of occasions. Stuart and his team are fantastic. Very reasonably priced for the high-quality service and products that we received. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Trust Property Management

Dear Stuart, Thank you for installing the door mat at Abercorn Place. This was by any measure a small job but one which has a dramatic effect on the building being bespoke with the number ‘29’ cut into it. Thank you very much for agreeing to take on this low value commission, it is typical of your willingness to assist …


Dear Stuart I am writing to thank you for the excellent service you provided when we needed new carpets and needed to refurbish wooden floors at a rental property. You provided a wide selection of modern-looking cost-effective carpets for us to choose from, and you fitted them expertly at a time convenient to us. The carpets look exactly right for …

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