Versailles Panel Flooring Introduces Pattern to South London home

Introducing pattern into the home can sometimes be a challenge, but the results can be spectacular. In terms of using pattern in flooring, it’s hard to match the grandeur and luxurious feel of Versailles panels.
Posted on29-09-2017 by 748

Introducing pattern into the home can sometimes be a challenge, but the results can be spectacular. In terms of using pattern in flooring, it’s hard to match the grandeur and luxurious feel of Versailles panels. These are pre-made square boards featuring a design made from blocks of wood. They have a traditional feel, so are perfect for introducing character to a home. Fin Wood had the pleasure of fitting a new engineered oak Versailles panel floor for a retired couple in South London.

The first job was to remove the existing bamboo panels and skirting boards. The concrete subfloor then had to be levelled by filling in the lower areas and grinding down any protrusions. It was evident that damp had caused the old bamboo panels to lift and move. Damp will quickly ruin any floor, so it was vital to fix this issue before the new floor could be installed. As the home was below street level in a basement flat, the best course of action was to apply an epoxy damp proof membrane (DPM), which is designed to suppress residual moisture on concrete floors.

old bamboo panels damaged by the damp subfloor

Old bamboo panels damaged by the damp subfloor

TPreparing the concrete subfloor

Preparing the concrete subfloor

The stairs and part of the landing before our work began

Epoxy DPM being applied on top of the concrete

The client wanted to run the new Versailles panels diagonally along the floor, so we had to use our expert fitting skills to establish the right alignment and ensure the pattern on the panels always ran symmetrically This was particularly tricky in the narrow hallway. The panels required precision cutting here, so we were left with a usable section of wood to run along both sides of the middle panel.

the first panel is fixed into place

The first panel is fixed into place

precision cutting the panels at the edge of the room to avoid wastage

Precision cutting the panels at the edge of the room to avoid wastage

panels laid diagonally along the floor

Panels laid diagonally along the floor

The new flooring was glued into place. The centre of the end joint featured four joins so it was necessary to use floor straps to create a tight, seamless fit. As the panels were supplied pre-lacquered, there was no need to seal the floor once fitted.

floor straps ensure a tight fit between the panels

Floor straps ensure a tight fit between the panels

The project took Fin Wood seven days to complete.

the finished floor

The finished floor

the new Versailles panels against an old oak cabinet

the new Versailles panels against an old oak cabinet

Versailles panels in the kitchen

Versailles panels in the kitchen

If you’d like to know more about Versailles panels, please contact Alin on 0745 6684477.

Wood: Engineered Oak Versailles Panels;

Location: SW11 Battersea, London.

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Versailles panel flooring also known as Versailles parquet has a history which dates from the 17th century. As the french name suggests it was first designed and installed in the magnificent France’s chateaux. Since then the installation and finishing techniques have remained almost unchanged until the second half of the 20th century when all the wood flooring industry...


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Sikabond T52 FC Elastic wood flooring adhesive: is a gun or trowel applied elastic wood flooring adhesive for use with any width board. It is also used in conjunction with silent layer mats as part of the AcouBond system.

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