What is parquet flooring?
Parquet flooring refers to decorative wooden floor that is laid in a mosaic, geometric, or herringbone style. Instead of long planks side by side, parquet floors have smaller wooden blocks laid in intricate patterns to create a showstopping finish. Introduced to the palaces of Versailles in the 17th century, parquet wood flooring makes for a timeless and regal addition to any home.
What is parquet flooring made of?
Traditionally, parquet floors were made solely from solid wood. Different tones and variations were cut into small pieces and then laid in artistic patterns. With the rise of technology and automated production, parquet floors are now available in a much wider range of materials, such as engineered parquet, laminate parquet, and parquet vinyl.
Engineered Parquet Flooring
The closest to traditional parquet floors is engineered parquet, which features a sturdy plywood base topped with a layer of real wood. This man-made composite extends the lifeline of your parquet floor and allows easy restoration should your floor undergo damage.
Parquet Laminate Flooring
Parquet laminate offers all the style benefits of a traditional parquet floor at a fraction of the cost. Laminate floors are much easier and more cost effective to produce, allowing the royal style to suit all budgets. You don’t have to lose out on aesthetic quality either, there are plenty of laminate parquets from chevron to Dutch, even the classic herringbone style.
How much does parquet flooring cost?
Because of the intricate patterns used in parquet floors, they were historically one of the most expensive types of floor. Nowadays, they aren’t just for those with money to burn. Engineered parquet is available from around £30 per square metre, while parquet vinyl and laminate parquet can be accessed for as little as £9.60 per square metre.
How to lay parquet flooring
Unless you’re choosing a vinyl parquet or have extensive experience of laying floors, it’s recommended to hire an expert. That said, if you are insistent on laying parquet flooring yourself there are a number of steps you must take:
- Ensure your floor is completely level and clear of debris
- Fill any gaps and sunken areas with cement levelling compound
- Find and mark the most central point of your room
- Lay a central line of parquet from one wall to the other without adhesive
- Gently lift each section of your central line and apply adhesive beneath
- Working from the centre out, repeat until you reach each wall
- Once complete, use a weighted floor roller to press the parquet to the subfloor
As mentioned, these are only the basic steps for laying a parquet floor. Dependent on the pattern you choose and the type of parquet, there may be more to consider. If you’re at all unsure, speak to an expert or get in touch with our team who can advise you further.
How to look after your parquet floor
As parquet floors are a real statement piece, you’ll want to make sure they last as long as possible. Fortunately, plenty of laminate parquet, engineered parquet and parquet vinyl comes with up to a 20-year guarantee. That said, you’ll still want to make sure you know how to care for it.
How to clean parquet floors
Whichever parquet floor you choose, you’ll first need to sweep and vacuum before you clean, removing any debris and dust. Following this, you’ll need to use a semi-damp mop with warm water to remove any difficult stains. Be sure to work in sections, cleaning and drying before moving on to the next., This will limit the amount of contact water has with your floor. If you choose a vinyl parquet floor, you have a little more freedom with water, but it’s still recommended to clean and dry in sections.
For more information about any of parquet floors – whether to find the ideal style for your home or to maintain your current floor – get in touch now on 0330 100 00 15.