Parquet flooring is possibly one of the most beautiful flooring types available, how it is produced. Instead of traditional planks, small slats of wood featuring an end-grain facing upwards are created into tiles of various sizes. An example would be 600mm by 120 mm. The average thickness of these tiles will range between 15 mm to 21 mm.
General Production of Parquet Flooring Tiles
The wood pieces will be arranged into distinct patterns, which typically repeat; however, there are times where adjoining tiles will form to create a much larger pattern. The wood pieces will be bonded together with the substrate for an easier installation. They met metal are plastic frames can be used you hold together the shape of the arranged wood pieces. This type of manufacturing flooring is known as parquetry.
There will be more than one type of timber or color used to create an attractive contrast with some flooring. One of the most common species of wood in parquet flooring is oak due to its affordability. Walnut is also another popular option with other exotic wood species used; however, this type of flooring cost is significantly higher.
It should also be noted that parquet flooring may be created by gluing or nailing individual pieces of wood directly into the sub-floor to create unique patterns. This is a relatively high intensive process that is going to raise the overall cost of installation as opposed to using pre-manufactured tiles.
A unique side note on shopping for engineered parquet floor: there is a wide variety of pattern names and general patterns. Many times, manufacturers will use similar names for different patterns. With this in mind, you always want to look at the flooring before you purchase it.
Finished Parquet Versus Unfinished Parquet
There are two specific options when choosing parquet flooring – finished and unfinished. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of flooring.
Unfinished Parquet Flooring: there are several advantages in the installation of unfinished flooring as you can choose your stain, sealant, finishing treatments, as well as anything else to achieve a custom look. However, unfinished flooring is highly susceptible to damage from stains and water, ensuring the flooring finished immediately after installation.
Finished Parquet Flooring: There is a lower flooring cost when the tiles have already been finished at the factory with the benefit of high durability. A factory finish also means that there will be less work in your home without the need for such a mess. One of the downsides of a pre-finished floor means you have fewer options for a custom look.
Where to Install Parquet Flooring
While this flooring can be installed in any room, there are somewhere it is better suited.
Formal Areas: parquet flooring can be quite stunning and is an excellent complement to elegant spaces in hotels, homes, office buildings, and conference centers. There is no other flooring that can combine the natural beauty of wood with true craftsmanship. Its unique design makes it a stunning choice for dining rooms, living rooms, entryways, and open spaces designed for formal occasions.
Small Spaces: Parquet flooring requires an area in which the whole floor can be admired as a whole as opposed to individual tiles. Parquet flooring would not do well in a kitchen where tables, chairs, and cabinets will overshadow the beauty of this gorgeous flooring. Parquet flooring is typically too busy for any type of a confined space. Many times it will create a feeling of clutter in small areas.
Parquet Flooring Installation
Parquet tiles are designed with straight edges instead of tongue and groove and designed to be placed up to one another on the flooring field. It is essential that a small expansion area between 4 and 8 mm be left around the room’s perimeter and covered with trim. The vast majority of parquet flooring is glued to a subfloor, whereas thicker flooring may be nailed down. When nailing tiles down, if they should split, you will need to install them with glue.
Note on installation: the vast majority of parquet tile patterns will need to be installed in a specific manner to complete a much larger pattern. You will need to pay close attention to the directions to complete your floor correctly. One good test is to lay the floor out entirely prior to complete installation to the subfloor. This is known as conducting a dry layout.
Water and Parquet Flooring
Water has always been the number one enemy of timber floors. However, parquet flooring is able to handle water slightly better than wood planks. With this in mind, it is still not wise to install parquet flooring in basements, lunchrooms, and bathrooms where the wetness has the ability to warp, swell, and otherwise tear your parquet flooring apart. Whenever your flooring gets wet, you will want to dry up the moisture as quickly as possible.
Parquetry Flooring Refinishing
Parquet flooring can be refinished as many times as regular hardwood flooring of the same thickness. Parquet flooring is not produced with a tongue and groove design, which would limit the number of times traditional hardwood planks may be refinished, allowing more original flooring material to be removed before the floor is replaced.
However, the process of refinishing a parquet floor is quite challenging as opposed to a regular floorboard. This is due to the grain end facing up and not being generally consistent with one another. You will not want to use a power sander on this flooring type as it will leave an inconsistent finish with the possibility of grain scratches appearing. In some cases, you will need to sand these by hand to create a smooth surface that is ready to be sealed.…