Engineered or solid wood parquet flooring? Where and Why?
Before we look at whether to use engineered or solid wood and where or why to use parquet flooring, lets first understand what a parquet flooring is? As you may have known, using a solid or engineered wood means using the long straight wood planks to floor your home interior. Unlike the long wood type, a parquet floor style uses short strips or blocks of wood to create a tiles pattern which makes your home floor looks designed in a checked pattern.
What is engineered wood parquet?
As already discussed in a previous article, engineered wood parquet is made of the cleverly constructed core board, comprising of layers of plywood bonded and hard-pressed together to become a high-density material that is strong and can withstand the rugged use of flooring. The core board is topped with a lamella or layer of solid wood to give it a preferred look of the type of wood required.
What is solid wood parquet?
Parquet is made from solid wood cut into required sized and prepared for flooring purposes in the styles desired. The pieces are made directly from the chosen solid wood. They come in different types of available hardwoods used for flooring. Therefore, whatever species or grade of wood you need, you can have it already done into parquet for easy installation.
Where can you use parquet wood flooring?
The place to install your parquet flooring would determine whether using engineered or wood parquet would be ideal. When considering a place of installing a new floor, it is essential to consider the moisture level in the sub floor. Typically, moisture level should not be more than 3% and to come to this figure, it is recommended to take repeated reading of the entire floor to be certain. If the moisture level is found to be higher, the best material for flooring such environment is engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood can withstand moisture level that passes the standard tolerance threshold for solid wood flooring.
Ideally, if you are flooring a bathroom where moisture level will be higher or the kitchen where the temperature is expected to be higher, engineered parquet wood flooring is also recommended.
Why should you use parquet wood flooring?
The reason to use whether engineered or solid wood flooring in different parts of your home is that certain conditions may lead to early damage of solid wood used in flooring while engineered wood are engineered to withstand situations solid wood cannot cope with before falling to pressure. These reasons include: