What is parquet flooring?
Parquet, as it sounds, is a French word which means small compartments. The arrangement of small pieces of solid wood in a pattern gives us a unique flooring arrangement. The geometrical designs created out of small pieces of wood gave the French interiors a unique look. The trend has now made a comeback and we are loving it.
What is so interesting about them?
One of the exciting aspects of parquet flooring is that you can create your own unique pattern and give your flooring a completely new look. From herringbone, chevron, inlaid to overlay, chantilly and versailles, there is a pattern for every kind of home personality.
Why is it expensive?
Since it is made of solid wood (we are talking about the original parquet) and needs to be fixed into unique patterns and intricate designs, it becomes expensive to do the assembling which needs a lot of effort and time. But if you choose parquet flooring tiles, the prices come down by half and also require less efforts.
Pros and cons
1. Parquet flooring gives a very warm look to the interiors, making the room look special.
2. You can choose from a variety of patterns and wood options according to your interiors and preference.
3. The installation doesn’t really require any nailing and is DIY-friendly too.
1. Refinishing the floor is a bit complex and can be expensive too.
2. It is always recommended to use this flooring in the living area or drawing room because any kind of moisture can harm the shelf life of the wood and might demand repairs often.
Solid wood parquet versus Engineered wood parquet
Since solid wood is natural wood, it will expand and contract according to the changes in weather conditions. And this is the reason we hear the creaking sound in the old or luxurious wooden flooring areas. But solid wood definitely looks better as it ages. Whereas, engineered parquet is not affected by the fluctuations in temperature and is easier to install too. With age, the finish of the engineered parquet tends to fade and needs more attention.