When it comes to setting up a house, families nowadays are looking for smarter and less costly ways to improve the beauty of their living space. Flooring is an essential part of the home that needs attention. However, there are endless options available for flooring and can be one of the expensive aspects of setting up a home. The options to choose from include tile, carpet, wood, concrete, and parquet.
Parquet flooring is a type of floor design that is often been overlooked. Whereas, It is very durable, easy to install, and can last for years, and it essentially adds beauty to any room of the house including the kitchen and basement. Parquet flooring can be installed over existing floors such as concrete, laminate, hardwood, and ceramic tiles which make it easily installable via DIY.
The history of parquet flooring dates back to 1684 when it was used as a replacement for marble in Versailles, France. Previously, marbles need to be constantly cleaned which gives room for water to find its way into the underlying floor. This water causes the marbles to rot and subjecting them to untimely damage. Just like marbles, parquets are easy to clean and its additional beauty and strength make it a perfect alternative. Today, parquets have gained lot of attention and come in solid and parquet panels which use different wood types such as oak, mahogany, mine, and walnut
Solid parquets are blocks of woods that are glued down to form different patterns. The most common type of this is the herringbone pattern. The thickness is usually between 3/4" to 5/8" and is glued down in lieu of nailing as found traditional hardwood flooring. Basically, parquet panels are veneers of hardwood that are glued to less expensive woods such as the plywood. The veneer is installed with glue by making use of tongue and groove joints.
Parquet flooring is comprised of square pieces of wood arranged in a geometric design. There are several options available for parquet flooring. These options include parquet bamboo, solid parquet, laminate, multilayer, mosaic, lam parquet, and so on. The types of parquet are the cherry tree, oak classic, beech, maple, and wood types.
Parquet flooring has a lot of benefits. They are easily cleaned and very durable against stains and spills. It also offers more advantage over synthetic based and carpeting floor systems. Parquet floors are easy to clean. Whenever the floor shows a sign of damage, the outer part of it can be refreshed by applying light sanding and using varnish to reseal them. Parquet floors can be installed directly on a concrete basement.
The demand for prefabricated parquet is high. Beech is preferred over oak and the most popular type of wood used. In fact, these prefabricated parquets are now available with waxed, pre-oiled or finished surfaces. The aim of this product producers is to make the surface easy to care and resistant to scratch as much as possible. The light color products are mostly demanded by customers while producers recommend the strip method of installation.
Long ago, parquets are made from strips of woods that are affixed into square blocks. However, this type of flooring was highly responsive to water and moisture which often result in damage when exposed to humidity. In recent years, parquet floors are made of hardwood or plywood with a laminated finishing. This makes it resistant to moisture and can be installed starting from the basement level.
Today, parquet flooring is gaining more attention in the market. This is due to the increase in environmental and health consciousness where more and more customers are running to parquet flooring.