FAQ – Your questions about parquet, floorboards, laying methods, underfloor heating and so on
Frequently asked questions
Where can I buy Bembé parquet
Bembé Parkett has established a network of 45 exhibitions throughout Germany. Here interested parties can inform themselves in peace and quiet and, above all, receive advice.
What does Bembé parquet cost?
You can get Bembé parquet ready laid from 49,- €. The exact cost of your desired parquet should be clarified during a consultation at your Bembé parquet laying company. We have floors in all price ranges! In our product finder you can get a first guide to our prices.
Kann man Parkett auch auf Fußbodenheizung verlegen?
Very briefly: Parquet can be laid on underfloor heating in principle. However, you should take into account the following basic values:
- If possible, the heating system should be operated with a heat output of no more than 70 W/Qm. If in doubt, ask your heating engineer.
- The parquet to be laid should be as thin as possible. From our range, our multilayer parquet Tabis (10mm) or all our solid mosaic or master parquets (8mm) are particularly suitable. For all others we need to know the general conditions already, so that we can make a reliable statement.
- The requirements for the screed are quickly explained. It must be manufactured in accordance with the standards. All cement- or calcium sulphate screeds, with the minimum strength classes ZE20 or AE20 are sufficient. Of course,
- a screed must be dry before laying the parquet – targeted dry heating helps here. We support you here with a detailed information sheet and a coordinated heating protocol.
- With dry screeds (also chipboards) a general statement is not possible. Here we would have to know the system and the structure.
- Furthermore, you should pay attention to a healthy room climate during the heating operation. The standard values for this are 20°C – 22°C and a relative humidity of 50% to 55%.
Hopefully we could already help a little bit. And otherwise, all that remains is to wish you good luck – have fun choosing your new parquet.
I am renovating. Who’s gonna rip out my old carpet?
We! Old carpets are removed by us properly and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. The subfloor is then professionally prepared for parquet installation.
I have pets. Is it possible to lay parquet there?
Yes you can. Here are a few hints.
There are parquet lacquers that are less sensitive to scratches. These are so-called 2-component dispersion varnishes. We also have a varnish from this group in our offer. The varnishes are very abrasion-resistant, but also much more expensive than “normal” surface treatments. Of course, these varnishes can still be scratched. Therefore, a further, essential factor is the regular use of coordinated care products. We will be happy to provide you with appropriate care instructions.
Animal excrements are always problematic with all the surface finishes available today. If a mishap should occur, wipe up quickly and the problem is solved.
However, there is one thing that lacquers cannot improve: Wood has only limited elasticity. If this limit is exceeded, the wood fibre is crushed. This means that if a heavy object falls onto the parquet floor or a dog’s claws press on the wood when “accelerating”, this can lead to dents. We already have experience in this respect. Especially with larger dogs.
Can I lay the parquet myself?
In principle, yes, our Calais plank and Corniche plank are particularly suitable from our range.
All other products require experience and craftsmanship. It is not without reason that parquet laying is an apprenticeship with a 3-year training in our master craftsmen’s workshops.
But have you ever thought about saving yourself the work and above all further investments? To lay the floor yourself, you need not only laying tools, but also a good circular table saw, a mitre saw for the strips, glue or adhesive …
We take care of everything. Ask our sales offices!
Can I lay the parquet floating?
We! Only our Calais plank pattern and our Corniche plank pattern are suitable from our range.
However, we recommend gluing the parquet flooring. This has many advantages. We would like to give you some examples:
- A better room sound (it does not sound hollow when walking over it)
- No wide transition rails in doors or to other floor coverings.
- As a rule, the parquet does not have to be separated by joints and rails in doorways or wall projections.
- No limitation of the room size
In addition: according to the standards, impact sound insulation must be provided via the screed. If this is carried out correctly, glued parquet behaves neutrally. Impact sound is not impaired (if the screed complies with the standards).
Never lay your parquet on carpets without consulting a specialist.
Can I place my aquarium or other heavy object on the parquet floor?
This question is always very difficult to answer. Nevertheless, we would like to give it a try. Floor screeds in residential areas are usually designed for a live load of 1.5 KN/m². With an aquarium or other heavy object exerting a pressure of around 153 kg/m², this value would already be exceeded. Therefore, you should first clarify whether the screed construction can withstand the load.
But now to the parquet.
Our answer refers exclusively to parquet firmly bonded to the screed. The decisive value for parquet flooring is the ability to withstand transverse pressure forces. In principle, the value indicates the force from which permanent crushing of the wood starts. However: The values are determined with absolutely flat test specimens, thus ensuring an even distribution of force.
This is certainly not the case with your aquarium. If your aquarium stands on 4 feet, for example, the parquet will certainly get strong impressions. If it stands on a base, the base will probably not lie flat on the parquet, but only with the frame. So here too, the distribution of the weight on the supporting surface must be assessed. If this weight distribution is then clearly below the average transverse compressive strength, there is no danger of indentations on absolutely flat surfaces. Absolutely flat surfaces, however, are not to be expected from either the parquet or the base of the aquarium. The risk of crushing the wood fibre therefore remains high.
An example: The base of an aquarium has the following dimensions: 180cm x 60cm, the frame has a thickness of 1.5cm and lies fully on the parquet. This results in a contact surface of 720cm². If the weight of the aquarium and the base is 1000kg, the pressure per cm² is 1.39 kg/cm². This would prevent the wood from being crushed.
But: As already mentioned, this only applies to absolutely flat surfaces. If the base or wood is slightly uneven and the base is only at three points with maybe 10cm², the pressure at this point increases to 70 kg/cm². This means that the compressive strength of wood is exceeded many times over.
The wood is therefore squeezed until all surfaces bear evenly. The squeezing is not reversible.
This is certainly an unsatisfactory answer for you.
Nevertheless, the answer is simple: you must achieve the greatest possible distribution of force and the parquet does not suffer any damage.
The above example refers to the use of solid oak parquet. However, the example can also be transferred to other woods. The softer the wood, the greater the risk of damage.
You should not use floating multi-layer parquet (finished parquet). In this case, further risks result from the laying method alone.
And also remember to have the load-bearing capacity of the screed confirmed.