If you want to find out more about parquet flooring you are probably considering replacing your current floor with something more eye-catching, vibrant and original. Yes, that will be the perfect choice but let me introduce this beautiful type of hardwood flooring.
Parquet originates, like many other great things and ideas from XVII century France. Most popular among the richest Frenchmen and Royal family marble slabs were very difficult to maintain and constant washing lead to the rotting of the wooden joints under the marble floors. In 1684 new type of parquet was used in Royal château in Versaille, but nowadays that name is associated with flooring panels (blocks).
Most common species used in manufacture of parquet floors are: oak, walnut, maple, cherry but sometimes mahogany and other exotic hardwoods can be used in production of more expensive parquets.
Apart from the wood species used in making the parquet you should also decide whether you want solid or engineered parquet flooring. First one is made of solid pieces of timber, the latter one from the layers of wood with the hardwood veneer at the top. Whether you choose solid or engineered there is no difference in the final look of fitted parquet flooring.
Parquet flooring is different than ordinary wood flooring where wooden planks, usually wider that 10cm and longer that 1m are used. Parquet uses smaller pieces of wood arranged in more attractive and decorative geometric and regular shapes and patterns such as most popular herringbone but also chevron, chequerboard or basket wave.
When it comes to installation of the parquet flooring ESB recommend using professional fitters but for those highly skilled DIY men or those who believe in their own dexterity we have couple of useful do's and don'ts:
- don't use nails, instead use high quality parquet flexible adhesive (remember that all purpose adhesive won't be strong enough),
- on concrete slab it is the best to include a layer of polyethylene film
- cut wood pieces using handsaw or circular saw and try to avoid the injury by clamping them to the work table.
And the last: all of us (and our wives) like it the most - maintenance.
Like other hardwood flooring types, parquet floors are low maintenance products. You should vacuum surface lightly 2-3 times a week as ongoing maintenance or just simply use the broom whichever is more convenient. Moping the parquet floor at least once a week is also highly recommended - mop will pick up all the dirt that you vacuum (or broom) left behind. Our website features dedicated FAQ section where you can read more about maintaining lacquered and oiled floors.
For advice about the best wood flooring for your home feel free to contact the ESB sales team. Contact us now to request your no hassle no obligation free samples or come down to our North London showroom for a closer look.