A Guide to Parquet Flooring

Parquet surfaced as a style of flooring during 17th century France. People began to grow weary of their regular marble floor designs and then sought out something a tad different and thus parquet was born.

To create the design, craftsmen would cut a section of hardwood into geometric shapes and arrange them into quirky, offbeat patterns on the floor. The section would then be sanded and polished and subsequently glued down into a particular design of shapes and colours.

Due to the length of time it took to complete and the complexity of installing it, parquet was very expensive and a luxury exclusive for the rich. But despite its high price, parquet and hardwood flooring continued to be popular up until the 1930s, when carpet was in introduced and became the more popular option.

Carpet was welcomed as a warm, soft and colourful alternative to the boring hardwood floors, which meant sales of it grew to the point of overtaking hardwood floors. But by the 1980s, wooden flooring started to come back into fashion.

The styles

Due to advances in wood flooring production, present day versions of parquet flooring are much more subtle and cheaper than those of the past.

Nowadays the most popular fashionable type of parquet flooring is the herringbone design. For this style to be created, rectangular shaped blocks are arranged together in a parallel or diagonal layout. Other coloured blocks could be implemented together to create an unusual floor pattern or a regular block coloured pattern.

Laying it

Laying parquet flooring isn’t particularly easy and is something which requires correct preparation. To achieve the best pattern, each of the floor pieces needs to be laid perfectly, meaning it might be worthwhile bringing in a professional to do it. Structured wooden floors featuring parquet designs can be bought, which are easier to lay than separate pieces, however these don’t always require the services of a professional. Along with other laminate flooring ranges, structured parquet floors connect together through grooves.

Will it work as a living room floor?

Parquet flooring is a sure fire way to add a unique touch to any room in your home, but if you’re going to lay it down yourself, you need to keep some things in mind. If it’s going to be laid down in a floor that experiences a lot of foot traffic, you should consider how much damage the floor will suffer – it may even be worth laying some carpet or a thick rug over these areas for extra protection. Although wooden floors are easy to clean, they can suffer damage over time when exposed to an inordinate amount of moisture as well as scratches from pets.

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