Everything You Need to Know About Parquet Flooring

Here's what you should know about parquet wood flooring before you install parquet floors in your room!
August 31, 2022

What is Parquet Flooring?

Parquet, which translates to small compartment, refers to the mosaic style of creating patterns on wood using small pieces. Parquet flooring is often used as decorative pieces in homes and spaces, and they provide a natural aesthetic with intricate designs and patterns.

Parquet flooring may follow repeating patterns, or piece together to create a stunning, overall design. The flooring is often made of wood or wood-like materials that mimic a wood parquet floor, and comes in a variety of colors, wood materials, and designs. Parquet tiles also exist, and custom parquet flooring tiles can bring a unique look to any room.

Pros and Cons of Parquet Flooring

Pro: Made with Solid Wood

Most parquet flooring tiles are made with solid hardwood, which is as durable as it is elegant. The classic material can be varnished to provide a water-resistant protective layer, or left unvarnished for a more natural look. These solid wood floors offer stability and friction when walked on as well, and can be made from oak, maple, or walnut for durability.

Parquet flooring made with exotic wood species with the same durability as your typical hardwood floor, but the herringbone pattern on the tiles present a decorative piece suitable for any home, office, or commercial space!

Pro: Custom Parquet Patterns

The geometric patterns on parquet flooring differ from place to place, and a custom pattern can be fitted into any space as requested. These custom patterns may be used to show off the solid hardwood flooring, or as accent pieces to complete the overall look of the home interiors.

Parquet floors, however, may be limited in designs as parquet tiles follow a geometric pattern as a design. As such, designs may be limited to mosaic-styled pieces, but custom-cut parquet floors may offer a wider variety of patterns and designs.

Con: Loose Blocks

Because parquet floors are made with small pieces and individual blocks, they can come loose over time when improperly maintained. Fixing loose pieces is simple, however, as renovators will replace the adhesive of the blocks, and fit them back into proper positions. Dried wood may shrink, causing blocks to loosen, which renovators will replace or refurbish.

Con: Debris Accumulation Under the Flooring

When the parquet floor blocks are loose, they allow debris and dust to accumulate under the hardwood floor tiles. When this happens, the debris may cause the adhesive to loosen, loosening the wood floor blocks in the process. Renovators will have to clean and re-tile the solid hardwood floor to get it back to its original state.

Types of Parquet Flooring

Solid Hardwood Parquet Flooring

Solid hardwood is the most commonly-used parquet flooring material in the market. They provide a natural aesthetic, and present smooth, shiny surfaces. They may be varnished or unvarnished, and parquet tiles may be made from oak, maple, walnut, ash, or other hardwood flooring. Dyes may create more interesting patterns.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood parquet consists of multiple layers of scrap wood, bound together with wood glue. They provide a similar visual appeal to solid wood, but without the hefty price tag. However, the durability of engineered wood depends on its quality, where lower-quality engineered wooden parquet may degrade faster than high-quality materials.

PVC Parquet Flooring

PVC is sometimes used as an alternative to wood, and can be designed to mimic wood flooring. PVC is durable, easy to install, and may be cheaper per square foot than solid hardwood. They are water and stain resistant, and will last long when properly maintained. However, they lack the natural aesthetic of a hardwood floor.

How to Clean Parquet Floors

Cleaning parquet tiles is simple - all you'll need is a damp washcloth and a dry mop! Clean up wet spills on the floor with a dry cloth or mop, and wipe the flooring clean with a mild cleaning solution. A mixture of dish soap and water works well to remove grime from the surface of hardwood flooring.

A steam mop can be used to sanitize and remove stains without sanding the surface of the wood, and a spot cleaner may help remove any wet spots or heat stains. A good sealing wax or oil should help keep the wood supple, and prevent water damage with a water-resistant layer.

Completely Floored

While there are many visual advantages of solid hardwood flooring, parquet flooring provides a stunning, elegant decoration to any home with a unique twist to regular hardwood planks. Parquet floors are classic pieces used in various spaces, and may give you that exact look and aesthetic you're going for!

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