Parquet flooring owes its name to the French word parquetries, this dates back to the mid to late 1600’s and is associated with the great palace of Versailles. Parquet wood flooring is a type/design of wood flooring that is made up from small strips of wood. These blocks of wood are laid in either a regular or geometric pattern depending on design chosen.
The decorative effect of parquet flooring can be further enhanced by the use of different wood species. Using woods such as wood such as walnut, oak, cherry, merbau, maple and pine. The using of different species can not only enhance the look and feel of a room but also introduce some good contrasts into the flooring. Laying parquet flooring is not suited to an inexperienced floor fitter and requires both skill and knowledge to achieve high level finish results.
Parquet flooring can be laid regular and geometric patterns. The standard traditional parquet flooring is laid in herringbone or chevron pattern, these patterns make up the majority of parquet flooring.
Parquet flooring is available in engineered and solid wood flooring. Engineered parquet offers a wider variety of choice such as colour, bevelled edge and board size. Engineered parquet as the name suggests is a board constructed of different layers and topped with a real wood veneer. This prefinished element is attractive to buyers as they can see what they are getting before it goes into their home. Engineered parquet can also provide the fitter with an easier method of installation in the form of click fit. Solid parquet flooring, as the name suggests is parquet flooring made from solid pieces of timber and is generally laid with a parquet adhesive such as Sika T54 in pattern required then sanded and filled before a final finish is applied.
Engineered parquet flooring on the other hand is made from layers of different types of wood, topped by hardwood. No matter whether you choose solid or engineered parquet flooring, the end look will be the same.
To maintain a parquet floor it is important to pay attention to the type of finish used on the parquet floor. If the block flooring is finished with an oil then we recommend the Osmo range of products. If the flooring is finished with a lacquer then we would recommend the Bona range of wood floor maintenance products. If you have any questions with regards to the maintenance or the fitting of solid or engineered parquet wood flooring please contact one of the team here at Source Wood Floors who will be more than happy to help.