Project of The Week:

Install a Parquet Floor

Learn the cost to install parquet floor tiles by doing it yourself compared with the labor and material cost a contractor will charge. Find out what steps are involved and how to plan the job. Use the calculator to know how many floor tiles to buy. Enter your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.  
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National Average Cost
Install a Parquet Floor


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • 17.55
  • 21.5


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • $1,184
  • $560

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Today’s Tip: Estimate for texture surfaces

As an estimator and project manager for one of the largest painting contractors in the state of Florida I recommend that when estimating the amount of paint that you need to take in to account the texture of the surface and the porosity of the surface. On the average you can expect to get around 250 sq. ft. per gallon on rough surfaces (i.e. stucco) and 300 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth drywall.

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