Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors
Parquet and wooden floors

Parquet and wooden floors

Wooden floors and parquets are true classics on the reuse market, which includes numerous suppliers and artisans specialising in this field.
These materials are often recovered from demolition or renovation sites - at least when the type of installation permits this. In fact, floating or nailed installations are more conducive to recovery than glued installations. In the recovery of parquet flooring, laid on black bituminous adhesive and dating before the 1950s, it is important to verify the absence of tar in the adhesive before dismantling the parquet.
The type of wood in a wooden floor or parquet greatly determines its value. Pine floors attract a lower value than hardwood floor coverings (oak, sweet chestnut, beech, etc.). These can achieve quite high prices, especially if they date before the 20th century.
There are also a number of reusable products sold as floor coverings, but which have another original use: sawn oak beams, cheese boards, azobé panelling, etc. Reusable wood floors and parquets are used on a wide range of applications: new constructions or renovations, housing or commercial buildings.

Common products

The most common products related to wood floors and parquets are:

  • Reusable wood floors
  • Reusable parquets
  • Truck beds and train carriage flooring
  • Cheese boards
  • Sawn oak beams
  • Exotic wood decking
  • Panelling from the production of concrete blocks (“steenschotten”)

Reusable parquets and wood flooring are subject to competition from new products that imitate the appearance of the reused item. If you want to be sure that the floor covering you intend to buy is genuinely reclaimed timber, research the origins of the material.

Available treatments

The price of a reusable wood floor or parquet can vary by a factor of three, depending on the actions taken to prepare the product for installation. Such preparatory actions are often necessary to enable efficient and smooth installation. Hoping to make savings by buying an unprepared product is therefore not always a safe bet.
Some examples of treatments offered by the suppliers:

  • sorting for quality and formats
  • removal of nails and traces of adhesive
  • for wood floors: sawing damaged ends
  • brushing the visible surface
  • size adjustment (e.g. thickness)
  • machining new tongues and grooves
  • sawing through the thickness
  • ...

Recorded prices

  • Reusable oak parquet floor, ready to lay: from 75 €/m² incl. VAT
  • Wood floor (thickness=14mm) made from sawn reclaimed oak beams: ~80 €/m²
  • Self-supporting wood floor (thickness=22mm) made from sawn reclaimed oak beams: ~100 €/m²
  • Old oak floor, first half of the 19th century: ~150 €/m²

Did you know?

Wooden floor coverings can become damaged very quickly during demolition work (knocks, humidity, various pollutions, etc.). Batches intended for recovery benefit from being disassembled and removed from the building as soon as possible during the work. When removal is not feasible, for example in the case of a self-supporting wood floor that has to be kept during the initial phases of the project, suitable protective measures should be taken.