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Where do landlords buy their parkett?

My parkett has a bit of damage and I'm moving out. I didn't have a liability insurance until recently (I'm kinda new to Switzerland and I didn't really know how it worked), so I'm a bit worried. I've tried fixing it with an iron/water, with some chemicals etc, to no avail. But actually I think the type of parkett I have isn't even glued and the easiest way to fix that would simply be to replace a few boards. It seemed doable since my apartment has what looks like the most common type of parkett ever and it was renovated only a few years ago.



My problem is that I can't find exactly the same one. I went to Hornbach and found this one: https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Parquet...3/article.html


It's extremely similar to mine: same format, same texture, only the color is a bit different: a bit less yellow-ish. Nothing else in Hornbach came close (you have a "golden oak" one but it's a different format). I went to Jumbo and they were all completely different (very different texture).


So then I'm wondering, where could they possibly have bought it? I tried a few smaller shops but these seem to be too fancy and to sell real high-quality stuff. Are there more "professional" shops where a landlord would have been likely to buy it?


I've thought of removing a board to check if the brand would be written on the back but I have doubts since it wasn't the case with the Hornback ones.


I thought maybe someone had experience with this here.
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

(This is in Zürich, btw.)
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

They cpould have bought it from a 1000 different shops or on line, you'll never get a match by trying to replace "a few boards" parquet ages and different lots are made, all with slight variations in colour and texture, if it is real parquet.


Plastic parquet tends to be the same whatever, but it can discolour.


The parquet you have is "floating" probably with a tongue and groove system, sometimes known as "clique-claque parquet"


By removing 1 board you destroy the tongue and then it won't lay flat again, it is far harder than you even consider to replace without any trace.....


Let your insurance deal with it, far easier
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

> By removing 1 board you destroy the tongue and then it won't lay flat again, it is far harder than you even consider to replace without any trace.....


Is that the case even if I start from the wall? I don't want to remove a single board in the middle.
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> By removing 1 board you destroy the tongue and then it won't lay flat again, it is far harder than you even consider to replace without any trace.....


Is that the case even if I start from the wall? I don't want to remove a single board in the middle.

You'll end up breaking one of the tongue's, if not all of them it is inevitable and then it gives you far bigger problem. The boards click together and once they are clicked, it is very difficult to unclick them successfully, even for a professional.



Leave it as it is, find a solution with your landlord
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

You seem to know a lot about parkett, do you know if there is a chance this kind of parkett can be sanded, or do they have to redo the whole room?
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

I just realized my initial link is wrong. This is the Hornbach parkett that is very similar to mine and in the same format: https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Parquet...3/article.html
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You seem to know a lot about parkett, do you know if there is a chance this kind of parkett can be sanded, or do they have to redo the whole room?

That's a bit like asking me "how long is a piece of string"......


The parquet in your link has a 3.5mm thickness so you should be able to sand/varnish/vitrify probably twice
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

They might also charge you some for the damage and just keep the floor.
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My parkett has a bit of damage and I'm moving out. I didn't have a liability insurance until recently (I'm kinda new to Switzerland and I didn't really know how it worked), so I'm a bit worried. I've tried fixing it with an iron/water, with some chemicals etc, to no avail. But actually I think the type of parkett I have isn't even glued and the easiest way to fix that would simply be to replace a few boards. It seemed doable since my apartment has what looks like the most common type of parkett ever and it was renovated only a few years ago.



My problem is that I can't find exactly the same one. I went to Hornbach and found this one: https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Parquet...3/article.html




It's extremely similar to mine: same format, same texture, only the color is a bit different: a bit less yellow-ish. Nothing else in Hornbach came close (you have a "golden oak" one but it's a different format). I went to Jumbo and they were all completely different (very different texture).


So then I'm wondering, where could they possibly have bought it? I tried a few smaller shops but these seem to be too fancy and to sell real high-quality stuff. Are there more "professional" shops where a landlord would have been likely to buy it?


I've thought of removing a board to check if the brand would be written on the back but I have doubts since it wasn't the case with the Hornback ones.


I thought maybe someone had experience with this here.
Simply own up to it to the landlord and bite the bullet. He might give a discount for honesty

I once used too much water on our parkett. After a couple of days the parkett started to lift up. The landlord replaced the whole floor at no charge. Of course I said nothing about the water
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

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My parkett has a bit of damage and I'm moving out. I didn't have a liability insurance until recently (I'm kinda new to Switzerland and I didn't really know how it worked), so I'm a bit worried. I've tried fixing it with an iron/water, with some chemicals etc, to no avail. But actually I think the type of parkett I have isn't even glued and the easiest way to fix that would simply be to replace a few boards. It seemed doable since my apartment has what looks like the most common type of parkett ever and it was renovated only a few years ago.



My problem is that I can't find exactly the same one. I went to Hornbach and found this one: https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Parquet...3/article.html


It's extremely similar to mine: same format, same texture, only the color is a bit different: a bit less yellow-ish. Nothing else in Hornbach came close (you have a "golden oak" one but it's a different format). I went to Jumbo and they were all completely different (very different texture).


So then I'm wondering, where could they possibly have bought it? I tried a few smaller shops but these seem to be too fancy and to sell real high-quality stuff. Are there more "professional" shops where a landlord would have been likely to buy it?


I've thought of removing a board to check if the brand would be written on the back but I have doubts since it wasn't the case with the Hornback ones.


I thought maybe someone had experience with this here.
Wow, it's 2019 and people haven't got home insurance?
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

Agree totally with Today _only!

You'd have to relay the entire room, unless the damage occured on one of the ending boards (those you can easily exchange), it makes no sense to replace just one board.

Actually,(switching former landlady mode on) it seems it is Laminate flooring and not Parkett, about which you are enquiring.


In Switzerland we most commonly have either 'Klötzliparkett' (little squares) or 'Riemenparkett' (rectangles), which is totally different from laminate flooring.


Proper Parkett, can be sanded down by a specialist and re-sealed/re-oiled. In regard to long term investitions, Parkett may more expensive to have laid in a house, but in the end it is cheaper in the long run and has a very long life.
Considering a few things to protect it in daily life (preventing water, high heels, furniture scratch damages etc), it is almost indestructible
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

I over watered some plant that was on the wooden floor, and over the course of a few weeks or months, the floor (laminate, not real parkett blocks) blackened and the gaps widened.

At handover time, the agency saw it, were not concerned and I was never charged, so you never know your luck.

And that was a newish floor, less than 3 years old.

Previous to that the balcony had flooded, and the water ingress lifted the existing floor in patches, so they replaced the whole room.

As TodayOnly says, don't touch it.
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

...It's actually a parquet and says so, what gives the game away saying it is a real wood veneer is "Épaisseur de la couche utile: 3.5 mm" meaning there is 3.5mm of wood on top of another type of substance (which goes concrete floor side) that can be sanded.


Old parquets were either square or rectangular pieces, they all now come more or less like laminate.


Laminate is cheaper and harder wearing, parquet looks far nicer but is more expensive



They both cost about the same to lay on the floor
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

Laminate attracts too much dust. Is more static
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Laminate attracts too much dust. Is more static
Unless it manages to suck the dust in from the outside you'll have the same amount of dust in your home.
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Unless it manages to suck the dust in from the outside you'll have the same amount of dust in your home.
No. Like lino it attracts the dust from the inside air. A parkett floor not as much
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Re: Where do landlords buy their parkett?

If it warps due to a bit of water spillage it must be pretty low quality stuff. Best is to just leave it and see what happens when you leave. Trying to do a non professional repair will only make it worse.
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