Facts You Must
Know about Parquet Flooring
The largest surface you have in your home is its floor. So
while choosing materials of your choice wisely for its
flooring you will have to consider various aspects including
tone and type of the design, style of your interiors, pieces
of furniture and color of ambiance. Parquet flooring made of
hardwood can be the right choice for you to give a timeless
elegance to your home. However, there are certain other
facts you should know before placing your order for parquet
What is parquet?
The term Parquet is normally used for the floors made of
solid wood laid in and organized in geometrical patterns.
Various types of square motifs with riffs on them are the
most common patterns and medallions or sunbursts are some of
the unconventional patterns of parquet flooring. The word
Parquet has been derived from the French word Parchet that
means a small enclosure or compartment.
History of parquet flooring
There is a long history of the origin of parquet flooring.
Initially, it was used on royal floors at Versailles in the
1600s. It was used to replace marble flooring that requires
much maintenance. It became popular throughout Europe after
gaining popularity in France. This flooring is popular as a
sign of luxury and prosperity as it is normally installed in
large houses and needs lots of time and technical skills to
Reasons to choose parquet flooring
Parquet flooring provides everlasting appeal and warm
ambiance to the home due to its natural and graceful looks.
It is more durable and manageable than engineered as well as
vinyl flooring. Due to the acoustic properties of parquet,
the flooring in your home can absorb noise effectively and
provided natural grip on the floor as compared to the floors
made from other natural materials like marble, etc. this
flooring is also preferred due to its decorative elements
that add texture and instant interest to a floor. To improve
the looks of a large space light shades of wood are
recommended by the experts for parquet floors.
Is it easy to maintain?
Parquet flooring can be maintained easily because it is made
from hardwood. It can be cleaned easily just by mopping it
with a damp cloth. It is suitable for the places with
tropical climates like Singapore etc. as it is hygienically
suitable for such climates and does not trap odors. But to
prevent scratches on this flooring you will have to avoid
dragging furniture and other heavy objects on it. Moreover,
you should be cautious while selecting parquet flooring as
companies can cheat you by replacing the high-class wood wit
low-grade wood in its patterns.
Where can I find parquet flooring?
In pre-war building parquet flooring is commonly found all
over the world including the U.S. Towards the end of the
19th century during the Gilded Age, this flooring material
was very popular in the U.S. In the architecture of old
European buildings, the architects have used this flooring
in building townhouses and apartments. After WWII, when
modernization gained popularity, the c=decorative flooring
of parquet was avoided due to the increasing popularity of
simple wood or concrete floors and carpets. Still, you can
find some portions of original parquet floor of ancient
times in the Celtics Court of Boston, built-in 1952.
Things to consider while choosing wood for parquet flooring
from different areas
The wood brought from different regions has different
properties even if it is of the same species. It can be due
to the difference in the age of the trees in different
areas. For instance, Indonesian teak is logged from 30-40
years old trees whereas in Burma teak is logged from the
mature trees that are more than 80 years old. For this
reason, teak from Burma is considered more stable than
Cost of installing parquet flooring
The cost of installing parquet floors can depend upon the
dimensions and size of the parquet pieces, type of finish
and labor required to install them. According to experts,
the thickness of the wood and the design of laying out floor
can also influence its installation cost. You can create a
sensible space in smaller rooms by using wide and long
pieces of wood for its flooring.
After knowing these facts about parquet flooring, you can
easily make a well-informed decision regarding buying and
installing it in your home.
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Singapore Laminate Flooring, Parquet &
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