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Everything you need to know about parquet flooring

Professionally installed parquet wood floors can conjure a regal look and feel to any room, making them a favoured choice for many homeowners with well-turned out properties, from country estates to city apartments. Fitting parquet flooring can transform living space, offering an aesthetic appeal that can be both contemporary and classic.

In the next passages, we’ll take an in-depth look at this finely finished wood flooring, including from where it gets its name and how much it costs, to the work involved to install it, and how best to care for it ensuring you get the most from your investment.

Read on for an answer to all your questions regarding this sought-after solution for those seeking elegant flooring that never dates.

What is parquet flooring?

Parquet take their name from the French “parqueterie,” and is a kind of flooring that dates as far back as the mid-1600s. Renowned for its use in both Grand Trianon and Versailles, parquet floors are made from small strips or blocks of wood that are placed alongside each other to form regular and geometric patterns. Its original use was to replace or simply cover cold floor tiles and it remains a popular choice today.

Sometimes called mosaic flooring, parquet-style flooring is greatly admired and recognised for its craftsmanship and decorative effect.

Usually laid in geometric, regular angular shapes, traditional parquetry can involve triangles, squares and lozenges. More dramatic designs are also often seen, including blocks and strips placed to create sun and star effects.

Those seeking a less eye-catching look may select classic parquet patterns such as chevrons or herringbone, the latter being perhaps the most popularly selected style of people fitting parquet flooring.

Is parquet flooring made with real wood?

While originally crafted using 100% solid wood, today’s parquet flooring can easily be made from either hardwood or engineered options. As their name indicates, solid wood parquet floors are manufactured using only solid sections of timber. On the other hand, in an engineered parquet floor, the individual strips or blocks will be composed of a variety of more affordable woods, topped with a piece of premium hardwood.

Regardless of whether you opt for an engineered or solid wood parquet floor, the final look will likely be the same. A wide variety of woods is used in parquet flooring, including species such as pine, cherry, maple, walnut, and robust oak.

Is parquet flooring easy to install?

Fitting parquet floors isn’t a task suited to the inexperienced, no matter how much they love a DIY project. Installing parquet flooring is always a job best left to the professionals. Originally locked into place using scolding bitumen, nowadays parquet flooring is fitted with a cold adhesive that offers an exceptionally stable result. Simple to care for and very easy on the eye, parquet floors are often laid in the bedrooms and hallways of properties as an ideal alternative to tiles, as they are far warmer to walk on.

Is parquet flooring expensive?

Recent figures suggest the average cost for parquet flooring to be around £50 per square metre. Based on average living rooms here in the UK being around 17 metres squared, a parquet installation will typically cost about £850. Additionally, if you employ a professional tradesperson, you’ll likely pay between £100 to £200 a day for labour costs. Inevitably, costs will vary, depending in several factors.

For a start, and as with all projects involving wood flooring, how many floorboards are needed and the time it takes to lay them are the key factors of installation’s total cost. Property owners with larger rooms should plan for costs of approximately £2,000.

The room’s shape will also affect price. Even for experts in parquet flooring, a square and standard shaped room will always be easier to tackle than one more complex. Unconventional corners and indents will require more technical skill and flooring pieces customised to fit increasing costs.

Finally, a floor’s existing condition can alter costs. If work is required to first prepare uneven surfaces before parquet is laid, the price will rise.

How does parquet flooring compare with laminate?

Like laminate, parquet flooring is exceptionally durable, but it’s also sustainable and can be disposed of in an eco-friendly fashion when it’s no longer required. Unlike the dents and scratches that can cause permanent damage to laminate and lessen its appeal over time, parquet floors wear very well and can be renovated easily. While signs of use can look unpleasant on laminate floors, they tend to add character to wood, enhancing its appearance.

While laminate floors can mimic the look of parquet, they are cold to the touch compared to real wood flooring, which feels warmer underfoot and adds comfort to rooms.

Does parquet flooring need underlay?

As wood floors tend to be naturally more substantial than carpet and many other flooring options, it doesn’t require underlay. Wooden floors are incredibly comfortable for walking on without any need for additional padding beneath, and subfloors will have been evened prior to installation, removing any need for equalising with underlay.

Is parquet flooring difficult remove?

There may come a time when your parquet floor needs to be removed. At this point, depending on your installation type, you can choose between lifting it yourself or seeking out a specialist firm.

The determining factors include whether the floor is solid parquet or finished and the adhesive employed to lay it is also key, along with how much time is available and how much area it covers. While you might save money removing parquet yourself, a professional will be equipped with the tools for the job and have experience to carry out the work much more quickly and efficiently.

How do you clean parquet flooring?

Like other wood floors, parquet should be cleaned regularly by vacuum and with a damp mop. Only use cleaning solutions suitable for wood flooring.

To sum up, due to its timeless and attractive appearance, parquetry will likely remain a popular selection for homeowners seeking stylish flooring. While it requires experts and investment to install, its multiple benefits can be appreciated for many years to come.

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