Parquet flooring is prized for its versatile design and unique appearance that you won’t get from any other type of flooring. Parquet graces many homes around the world, which is why we want to make sure you choose this type of floor in your next home renovation. Before we get into it, let’s take a look at what parquet flooring is.
What is Parquet Flooring?
Parquet flooring is several singular wooden blocks that are arranged into a geometrical rectangular pattern. The name ‘parquet’ originates from France. The floor was used to replace expensive materials such as marble due to its constant up-keep and maintenance.
Choosing the right style
Parquet flooring includes a range of patterns ranging from Herringbone, Versailles and Chevron flooring. All three of these flooring styles are unique in their special way. Let’s go through them one by one.
Chevron – To easily identify the chevron pattern, simply look out for an inverted V-shaped pattern. These blocks are more aligned than herringbone, but both look similar.
Herringbone – Herringbone parquet flooring blocks are placed alternately, rather than being aligned. You can identify herringbone by looking out for the zig-zag shape.
Versailles – If you want the more luxurious end of parquet flooring, then check out Versailles parquet flooring. A unique and beautiful arrangement, planks are arranged into a square shape that is usually quite big.
Parquet comes in different materials too. If you can’t afford real wood parquet flooring, opt-in for laminate or luxury vinyl tiles.
Maintenance & Upkeep
Like any wood floor, parquet needs looking after. Daily sweeping and dry mopping with a microfiber mop will keep your parquet floor looking squeaky clean. Spills that could stain your parquet floor, clean with paper towels, something that will absorb quickly. We recommend cleaning your floor at least once a month with a specialist floor cleaner that’s designed for wooden floors.
You can sand and refinish your parquet floor but shouldn’t have to do so in the first 10-15 years. If you’re unsure of how to do this, contact an experienced flooring professional.
There are a few options to install your parquet floor. Some planks may come with a click fit joining method and some may come with a tongue and groove system. Either way, both of these can be floated, nailed or glued down. However, if your planks come with a click-lock system, there is no need for you to nail or glue down your floor.
We hope we have persuaded you into installing a parquet floor. After all, who wouldn’t want luxury design?