Choosing the right Parquet for you
Parquet flooring is a timeless yet stylish flooring option, with the patterns of blocks complementing both classic and contemporary interiors, and making a feature of the wood’s grain. Before you make this big investment to your home it’s essential to understand what will work in your space.
What type of wood is best for parquet?
Each type of wood has benefits, from durability and natural colour to availability and price. A very popular choose of wood is European Oak, It’s famous for its hard-wearing properties and its ability to be stained to any colour. Untreated oak is naturally light in colour, so it takes on any tone easily, like a white piece of paper.
What is engineered parquet flooring?
Engineered parquet flooring is made up of core and hardwood – typically oak – wear layers. The core usually consists of three to 12 thin layers of plywood. The wear layer is securely bonded to the core and is usually 2mm to 6mm thick, depending on the overall thickness of the flooring.
What are the most popular parquet designs?
There are many options to choose from with the most popular being:
- Herringbone, in which rectangular tiles are arranged in rows at right angles. There are several variations of herringbone pattern, from single herringbone to double and square.
- Chevron, in which parallelogram-shaped tiles are arranged to form a succession of V shapes.
Where can I lay parquet flooring?
Parquet flooring is suitable throughout the house. However, engineered parquet is best for humid areas, such as the bathroom, and it should have a lacquered finish that will completely seal the floor and prevent water penetrating it.
The cost of installing parquet flooring can depend on several different factors which include the surface area, the grade of parquet wood, species of parquet wood, installation rate, site preparation, parquet flooring pattern design and any other special requirements. The cost to install parquet flooring will also depend on the state of the subfloor and whether or not it needs to be repaired or removed altogether.