10 common questions before choosing parquet flooring

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Read this first before you consider installing parquet flooring

Thinking about getting parquet flooring for your home but still unsure? Here are 10 most asked questions answered, to help you decide whether this is the perfect option for you.

1. What type of wood is best for parquet?

Depending on what you are looking for, there are various types of wood with different durability, colours, availability and price. However, any hardwood would work best like oak, maple and cherry. However, you also have the choice of bamboo, walnut, ash and mahogany as well, although experts tend to lean towards using oak.

2. Are engineered parquet flooring better?

Engineered parquet flooring is made from layers of different types of wood and then topped by hardwood. They are durable, but they will never be as durable as hardwood flooring that is maintained really well. But the plus point is that engineered parquet flooring is easier to install and they do handle moisture far better than hardwood.

3. What is the difference?

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The biggest difference between engineered parquet flooring and hardwood would be in the sanding. Engineered parquet flooring can only be sanded once or twice before the top layer of hardwood wears off. It has to be done lightly unlike the hardwood version that can be sanded every time you want it to be refinished.

4. What are the most popular parquet designs?

There are so many options to choose from, but Herringbone and Chevron are the two most popular ones. There are several variations of the herringbone pattern: single herringbone, double and square. Whereas the Chevron design is just v shapes in one direction.

5. What are the popular treatments for parquet flooring?

Again this depends on what your preferences are. Do you prefer the distressed look for example? Or do you prefer a more rustic look achieved by 'tumbling' the blocks of wood? There is also heat-treated wood so that they appear darker. However, staining is probably the easiest and most common one because you can choose from a wide range of tones and hues.

6. Why choose a lacquered floor?

You can choose to oil your floor of course, but lacquer is actually far more durable. Unlike oil that sinks into the wood, lacquer actually sits on top of the surface and prevents liquids from seeping in. They are also generally very low maintenance. But a deep scratch would mean sanding down the whole floor to have it re-lacquered. Just fixing a small area would leave a visible difference.

7. What about oil?

When it comes to oiling your floors, you need to do this every two or three years to restore its lustre. The plus side about oiling is that it gives your floor a more natural finish. Also, if it gets scratched, you can just fix the affected area - no problem. However, having just oil for your floor means it will be more porous than a lacquered floor and should not be cleaned using excessive amounts of water.

8. What are the pros and cons of finished and unfinished boards? 

When parquet flooring is in a finished state, it comes stained and with a protective layer on. Hence more durable and much quicker to install, plus you even get a manufacturer's guarantee. But some customers do prefer unfinished boards as well so that there is more leeway for customisation. If it is a price issue, you do need to remember that after installation the boards will still need sanding, staining and finishing, which will still add up.

9. How can I protect my floor?

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Placing floor mats or rugs at the main door, near the sink and outside the toilet, would prevent dirt as well as moisture. But a more practical way is to attach felt floor protectors on all moveable furniture to minimize them from scratching the floor. Do remember to trim your furkid's nails too, if you have live-in pets at home.

10. Where can I lay parquet flooring?

Parquet flooring is great throughout the house, but it would be wise to avoid installing it in bathrooms and the wet kitchen. Eventhough engineered parquet boards work great in humid areas, it should still have a lacquered finish to seal the floor and prevent water from ruining it.

Of course last but not least before taking the leap is to do your research. Find the best deals and look out for offers. Having wood flooring is an investment and you will want to get the most out of the money spent. Good luck!