Installing parquet flooring tiles in your house offers timeless and elegant look that easily compliments classic and contemporary styled interiors. The patterned wooden blocks designs make the wood’s grain feature stand out. But the great looks don’t come cheap; and we will discuss in here how you can make the most out of your chosen flooring option.
Type of wood
There are many types of woods in the market today that you can use for your parquet flooring. Each of them has its own pros and cons when it comes to durability, natural color, maintenance and pricing. If you are going to ask most professional wood flooring installers, nothing beats the Oak; particularly the European Oak. This type of wood is famous for its tough and long-wearing properties that is ideal for long-term investments. It is also very versatile since its surface can easily be stained with a wide variety of color. Because of its natural whitish color, it will have no problem absorbing any tone of your choice.
Engineered parquet flooring vs. Solid wood flooring
There are two types of wooden flooring options; engineered parquet flooring and solid wood flooring. An engineered parquet flooring is typically made of core and wear layers. The core typically contains thin, soft plywood layers stacked to each other and bonded above it is the wear layer that serves as the main wooden floor. A solid wood floor, as the name implies, is made of solid, single type planks of wood.
Solid wood is natural product and like any living material it will expand and contract depending on the change of the environment’s temperature and humidity. If you hear creaks and cracks whenever you walk on a newly heated room with wooden floors, most often than not solid wood is used in its flooring. Solid wood floors are not only natural, beautiful, and nice to walk on, but it can be sanded several times which can add to its longevity.
Engineered parquet flooring is less prone to expansions and contractions caused by temperature and humidity changes due to its design. The core offers stability and reduces the movements that is inherent on this kind of building material when exposed to environmental fluctuations. Underfloor heating installations is also easier to perform in engineered parquet flooring.
Parquet flooring designs
Like the type of wood, parquet flooring also comes with a wide selection of designs and layouts. One of the most popular design choices is the Herringbone design in which rectangular-shaped tiles are arranged at a right angle in a row. Another one is the Chevron design that uses parallelogram-shaped tiles to forms a V-shape succession of flooring. Both are quite similar patterns which create a zigzag effect on the wooden floor. Herringbone is best used in classic and contemporary-designed interiors while Chevron is for modern-designed settings. The latter also has an additional benefit of creating an optical illusion. Because of the way it is laid, positioned and angle of lightings, the look of the wood changes depending on the viewer’s perspective. It is also costlier as compared to the former due to its complicated and precision-required nature.
Parquet flooring treatments
Looking for an aged and matured look in your wood floorings? You can employ distressing techniques in your installation. You can even have worm homes done by hand as well as customized repair patches. Some people opt to purchase reclaimed parquet blocks to lessen the initial cost, but the price of installation can be higher than working with new ones. Depending on the quality of the reclaimed blocks, the entire floor will need more sanding to even out the layers. Not to mention the filling of the gaps which will be present since you will never know how these blocks are initially arranged prior to your purchase.
Another technique that you can use in ageing your blocks is by “tumbling” them. This method will introduce scratches and dents to your blocks which you will not obtain in a short time. The technique mostly involves putting the parquet tiles inside a cement mixer and slowly tumbling them with stones and rocks.
Darkening methods such as fuming can also be used in your floor blocks. It is more environment-friendly and safe as compared to using ammonia in darkening the wood. Fuming generally involves heat-treating the wood until the desired darkness is obtained.
Staining the wood is also a very popular parquet floor treatment method. You can easily obtain dark oak, light oak, orange-colored and yellowish hues using stains. Most stains also double as a protective layer to the wood which protects it from the elements and ensure that the material will last for a long time.