The process of choosing the right floor for your home or office renovation can be a tricky one. Whether to go for solid wood, laminate, tile or vinyl, there are benefits to each that must be weighed up.
In recent years, there has been a massive resurgence in the popularity of one particular type of floor covering – herringbone parquet. Herringbone parquet flooring is a type of wooden flooring that resembles fishbones, as the name suggests. The style weaves rectangular blocks to create an eye-catching mosaic design.
The parquet flooring style rose in popularity during the 1600s, as a cost-effective replacement for marble flooring. Thanks to its versatile qualities and attractive appearance, this herringbone style continues to be a popular choice in homes and businesses the world over.
For many, parquet is a sign of wealth. The process of installing traditional solid wood parquet flooring requires a skilled craftsman many hours to install, each one a unique creation designed specifically for space.
There are many reasons to choose a parquet floor for your home or office renovation.
1. Herringbone Parquet Flooring Appearance
Herringbone parquet flooring is often seen by many as the height of sophistication, as it was initially used in stately homes and manor houses before the technique became more widely used.
Herringbone parquet flooring has a unique design and appearance you won’t achieve from any other type of floor covering. Stylish and timeless, parquet flooring works well in both contemporary and traditional settings, so you won’t need to fork out as trends change. Thanks to the illusion of movement given by parquet, this style of flooring are often chosen to make smaller, and darker spaces seem lighter, brighter and more open.
What’s more, herringbone parquet flooring can be installed in a number of different colours and finishes, to suit your taste and compliment your existing home décor. How your herringbone parquet is installed can determine how prominent or how subtle the finish is, too. If you prefer a more natural look, this can be achieved using lighter-toned wood with little graining. If you prefer a bolder, statement look, opt for a mid-toned wood with lots of character that will shine through once the floor is installed.
At ESB Flooring, we stock a wide range of styles and finishes to suit most tastes, from soft light greys through to striking dark and textured wood. Shop for our range today: Herringbone
2. Herringbone Parquet Flooring Durability
This style of flooring is incredibly long-lasting. A properly fitted, quality herringbone wood floor can last you decades if you look after it.
The length of time your new herringbone parquet flooring will last depends on the type of wood you choose for your floor, too, so carefully consider how and where your flooring will be used before selecting the right material for your space.
Once your new herringbone parquet is installed, you’ll need to look after it to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Caring for your herringbone parquet flooring needn’t cost a bomb – it’s something you can easily do yourself. Choose a quality wood oil and buff into the grain using circular motions. We recommend doing this once a year, and once every six months for high traffic areas (not suitable for laminate floor coverings).
3. Herringbone Parquet Flooring Flexibility
While herringbone parquet flooring offers lots of flexibility when it comes to design and style, there is also a wide variety of options to consider when it comes to the material in which it is made.
Whether you’re looking for an affordable parquet-style finish or a fully fitted solid wood option, there are materials to suit most requirements and budgets.
Solid wood parquet flooring
If you want a floor that will last a lifetime, opt for solid wood parquet flooring. Solid wood will wear over time, but the beauty of this particular surface is that you can sand it back yourself to breathe new life into your existing wood parquet.
What’s more, solid wood is renowned for its natural beauty and feels lovely to walk on.
However, as with all floor types, there are some limitations to consider when choosing solid wood. Because, after all, it is a natural substance, it is affected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity, so if you plan to fit your parquet over underfloor heating, or in rooms affected by damp, we recommend choosing engineered wood parquet flooring.
Engineered wood parquet flooring
Similarly hard wearing to both solid and reclaimed wood floors, engineered wood flooring features a robust core board underneath the solid wood to create a more robust structure, without compromising on style. Engineered wood parquet is often chosen for use in all areas of the home, including places where you may find moisture such as the kitchen or conservatory, and for use on top of underfloor heating.
Layers of plywood are bonded together to create a resilient foundation before the solid wood is then laid on top.
Reclaimed Wood Parquet Flooring
A sustainable and often more affordable alternative to solid wood parquet; reclaimed wood parquet uses recycled wood to create the herringbone design of your choice.
This style of parquet flooring will see different colours and grains of reclaimed wood laid side by side, to create a truly unique pattern you won’t find anywhere else. Because the wood has been used previously, you may find it has its charm and characteristics – an ideal choice for restaurants, office interiors and high traffic areas in the home.
Laminate Parquet Flooring
If you want the look of solid wood but without the price tag, choose laminate for your home renovation. While laminate flooring provides a very realistic alternative to solid wood and will last well when installed correctly, you will likely need to change it every 15 – 20 years.
At ECB Flooring, we offer a wide selection of quality laminate flooring for most styles of home. Ready to choose herringbone parquet flooring in your next home or office renovation project?
Our flooring experts will be able to answer all your questions and can provide a no-obligation quote, too. We look forward to hearing from you.