Parquet flooring has a long history, dating all the way back to the 15th century. A few years back, it was considered outdated and an old flooring option. However, it’s made a massive come back in recent years and is now back on trend and rightfully so! It’s increasing popularity is due to a number of reasons, so let’s have a look at what makes it so popular – that you’ll be dying to lay it in your own home!
What Is It Though?
But before we dive into all that, let’s have a look at exactly what it is. It consists of strips of wood, primarily arranged geometrically to create an intricate and luxurious looking pattern. With the help pf social media and many of us lusting after an authentic look, parquet flooring is as popular as ever. It can come in either engineered or solid wood, with even some luxury vinyl tiles coming in a parquet arrangement!
Hey Good Looking!
Of course, one of the main reasons we choose a flooring is due to the way it looks – there’s no point in going for a flooring that you haven’t fallen in love with! The good news is that the main reason parquet flooring is chosen by homeowners is because of its aesthetically pleasing looks – it’s famous for adding a luxurious and grand look to your home. This probably because it stems back to old manor houses having it! The designs, help the floor to stand out in its own right and not just ‘blend in’ so you’re getting plenty of character and charisma. However, the best part about parquet is that it is very versatile and will work with any interior theme, that be whether you’re into a contemporary or traditional look. If you’re wanting to impress your guests, then there’s no better way than with parquet, this is the primary reason it’s bang on trend.
Plenty Of Option
You’re not restricted in terms of variety with parquet wood either. Very few other flooring options offer such an intricate pattern as parquet, working well with small and large rooms – we’d especially recommend parquet in a large room to bring proportion to it.
The sophisticated look of parquet flooring means that the designs look as though they have been manually brought together, showing off a sophisticated order. They come in triangles, squares, rectangles so you can almost hand pick exactly what you want.
Variety doesn’t just stop at plank arrangements. There are many wood types, colour and finishes that you can customise your new flooring to your exact taste. You can also choose between a lacquered, oiled brushed finish to suit your personal needs and preferences, it’s a whole other ball park!
Durability Is Mega
If you’re familiar with wood flooring, then you’ll know how durable it is! It will last for a lifetime and is even likely to outlive even the person who laid it. It is probably the most durable flooring choice available on the market with the added benefit of being able to sand it down and refinish it. Wood flooring will have no problem standing up to lots of foot fall, perfect for rooms that see lots of traffic such as the hallway and living room.
One thing to keep in mind however is that the durability will depend on the wear layer or thickness. One with a bigger thickness or wear layer is of course going to last longer than one with a smaller one, but at a cost. So it’s just something you need to weigh up.
Nobody wants a flooring that they’re going to constantly be worrying and be precious about! The good news it that maintenance is relatively easy with wood flooring. However it can stain and scratch and is no good when it comes into contact with water, so be aware of this! It is a lot better than carpet though, with one spill of red wine and it’s all over! Although wood flooring can stain its much more salvageable than carpet, as well as the busy pattern of parquet being good at disguising any damage!
Cleaning & Allergens
With many of us suffering from allergens, it’s something many of us put as a priority when choosing our next floor. Even though it might come as a surprise, the type of flooring you have in your home can actually set your allergies off. The worst being carpet, with it harbouring dust and debris. With this being said, wood flooring is fantastic when it comes to those of your with allergies and nothing stays on its surface. It is also very easy to keep clean, with only needing a quick sweep and mop a few times a week to keep it hygienic. What you see is that you get with wood, nothing lurking!
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