If an existing floor covering made of tiles is to be exchanged for parquet, this is generally possible even without removing the old tiles.

However, some important aspects must be taken into account when laying parquet on tiles. You can find out which ones are in the following article.

Which parquet is for laying on tiles Suitable?

Multilayer parquet is best suited for laying on tiles.

Due to its construction in several layers, less tension is transferred from the parquet to the underlying tiles.

But also the laying of solid parquet is possible in principle. However, in this case it is advisable to use a decoupling pad (e.g. fleece) as a transition between tiles and parquet, as this reduces the voltages occurring.

The best choice for solid parquet is oak,as it has a relatively low spring and shrinkage behavior compared to other types of parquet – even when it is moist – and works accordingly less.

What is to be done in the preparation of the tiled floor Note?

With the tiled floor itself, it is advantageous if it is as large, stable tiles as possible. Mosaic tiles are suitable for laying of parquet less good, as the many joints make it easy to deformations of the parquet.

Before parquet can be laid on tiles, the floor must be prepared accordingly.

It is necessary to thoroughly clean the tiles in the first step and to remove all dirt and residues of care products, otherwise a separating layer may form and the parquet adhesive does not hold properly.

Furthermore, the substrate for laying parquet on tiles must be flat and solid.

Therefore, it is necessary to check carefully whether the existing tiles still adhere accordingly to the substrate.

The best way to find out is to tap every single tile. If hollow-sounding or loose tiles are discovered during this process, they should be removed together with tile adhesive seam and the resulting gaps in the floor filled with filler.

Subsequently, the tile floor is sanded and – if necessary – a 2-component epoxy resin primer is applied as a adhesive bridge. This is in itself too smooth after drying to absorb a compensating mass. Therefore, the primer must be sprinkled with quartz sand directly during the application. Only in this way is the mechanical crifine of the subsequently applied filler mass possible.

The last and decisive step for laying parquet on tiles is the application of a suitable balancing compound,with which joints and other unevennesses in the tile floor are aligned.

Only when the substrate is completely dry, flat and solid can the parquet be laid on the tiles. The prepared work requires the greatest care, so that there are no undesirable problems when laying the parquet.

Therefore, it is generally advisable to have parquet laid on tiles by a specialist.

Parquet on tiles: fully glued or floating Moved?

Basically, parquet on tiles can be glued to the full surface as well as laid floating. In both cases, dismantling is not possible, as the tiles are severely affected by the previous preparations and are no longer visually appealing.

In general, experts recommend full-surface bonding by means of parquet adhesive from parquet on tiles, as this type of laying brings certain advantages:

Due to the fixed connection with the substrate, fully glued parquet ensures a pleasant kicking feeling and also prevents sound transmission.

Therefore, in this case, footfall sound insulation is not required. When laying, however, the parquet is only loosely on the tiles, thereby amplifying the sound. Accordingly, it is essential to ensure effective footfall sound insulation in this type of installation.

In addition, a vapour barrier is required for floating parquet on tiles in order to be able to absorb any moisture on the substrate.

It should be noted that the floor construction with floating laid parquet on tiles becomes considerably higher due to the required steam barrier and impact sound insulation than with fully glued parquet.

Consequently, there may be unsightly differences in height at transitions to other floor coverings or doors may have to be shortened.

In the case of rooms with underfloor heating, floating parquet on tiles is completely discouraged. The additional layers have a strong heat insulating effect and lead to a reduced thermal conductivity of the soil.

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