Your business: how to open a parquet workshop
The parquet business is seen by many aspiring entrepreneurs as very promising and profitable. Moreover, their main advantage, in their opinion, is the low level of competition in this segment with high consumer demand for high-quality flooring made of natural wood. However, experts believe that although there are undoubtedly prospects for opening a new parquet production, it is worth starting this business, first of all, with drawing up a detailed business plan, one of the first points in which will be to study the activities of competitors in your city and study consumer demand .
The natural wood flooring business itself has certain specifics. To begin with, what is flooring – fun is not cheap. Not so many people can afford it, preferring more budget options – linoleum, carpet, laminate … A certain influence on the demand for parquet have common stereotypes regarding this floor covering. Our compatriots often find parquet impractical and inconvenient to use. Many people think that floors with such a coating are difficult to clean, they creak (remember Soviet-era parquet floors), leave splinters, etc. Now this is almost untrue: a new generation of parquet has many more advantages than disadvantages, and the above disadvantages are they definitely do not belong. Although public opinion regarding parquet coverings is gradually changing, manufacturers have to work hard and spend extra money on combating consumer stereotypes.
In addition, to open a parquet workshop does not require large investments. For this reason, competition in this market is not as low as it seems at first glance. Another issue is that in most regions artisanal workshops prevail, which often produce products of insufficient quality, care little about the service and, moreover, do not invest in advertising their products. Nevertheless, according to experts, the Russian parquet market is close to saturation: the existing supply is quite capable of satisfying demand. However, this does not mean that you should abandon your idea. Your business can become successful by observing several requirements, which we will write about in more detail below. Such a business has an additional advantage – the opportunity to export finished products abroad.
Types of Parquet
Your business plan also needs to include the range of products that you intend to produce. To begin with, it is worth deciding what we call parquet. Parquet is a decorative floor covering, which consists mainly of natural wood. The most common type of parquet is piece parquet, consisting of planks with grooves and ridges (spikes), which, connecting with each other into a castle, form a single structure. For the manufacture of piece parquet used solid wood. The thickness of individual planks of piece parquet can be 15-22 mm, and the length can be up to 50 cm. Among the main advantages of this type of parquet are its durability, the relative ease of repair (and, no less important, the possibility of its repeated repetition), as well as a variety types of styling with various patterns. There is a generally accepted classification of piece parquet for cutting patterns. It includes select (parquet with a small pattern), nature (often repeated pattern with small knots, which gives the coating a natural look), station wagon (changing pattern with small knots), classic (textured pattern), guest (contrast-cut mixed), antique (highly changing pattern with different shades).
In second place in popularity after piece parquet, there is a typeset (mosaic) parquet. The name is not accidental. In the flaps of such parquet, which are usually available in sizes of 40 by 40 cm or 60 by 60 cm, there is a set of individual parquet planks of different shades with a thickness of 8-12 mm. This design allows you to lay out planks of complex patterns, like a mosaic. The front side of the typeset parquet is covered with special paper, which is removed only after laying the entire coating. Soundproofing material can be laid on the underside of the floor. According to the profile of the grooves (edges) and the methods of attaching to the base, the typeset parquet is divided into four main types: riveting with a fold (there are slanting folds on all sides of the strip for bonding the parquet with mastic or hot bitumen, which gives the coating special durability), fastening to a solid rail ( the slats are coarser on both sides, and on the other, grooves and nailed to the base), riveting with an oblique groove (there are slanting grooves around the perimeter of the plank that strengthen the fastening) and, finally, fastening to a soft rail (around the entire perimeter of the planks grooves are inserted into the joint of which a rail is inserted that holds the planks together).