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Types of Parquet: which one to choose for your home

May 16, 2024

When flooring is chosen for one's home, parquet continues to reconfirm itself as one of the most popular and coveted options because of its great ability to effectively combine elegance, warmth and comfort. Compared to other materials, such as porcelain tile or stone, parquet offers a visually welcoming environment and a feeling when walking on it that is truly unparalleled.

Its presence in a room lends value to the style of furniture, lending a refined touch that is well suited to both classic interiors and more modern spaces. In addition to aesthetics, wood is particularly valued for its insulating qualities, both thermal and acoustic, improving the quality of home life. However, it is important to know that when it comes to this type of flooring, there are different types of parquet flooring to choose from, each with its own characteristics, pros and cons. Let's delve into them together!

Solid parquet flooring: features, advantages and disadvantages

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What is Solid Parquetry?

Solid wood parquet represents value and excellence in the world of wood flooring, being composed entirely of natural wood, cut directly from the trunk of the tree. This type of parquet is available on the market in various wood species: the most common and popular are certainly oak and beech, which please everyone and can adapt well to various styles of furniture, but some people like to floor their rooms by choosing exotic and more valuable woods such as teak or wenge.

Solid parquet planks can be of different lengths and widths, depending on everyone's style needs. The finish of the floor then is decided during the consultation and takes place in practice after its installation, allowing a truly complete customization in terms of color and surface treatment, thus adapting perfectly to the aesthetics of any home environment.

What are the advantages of solid parquet flooring?

The elegance and timeless appeal of solid parquet is not only the result of its objective aesthetic beauty, but also of its incredible longevity. Solid wood is remarkably sturdy and enables parquet to withstand heavy loads and high traffic while maintaining its characteristics over time.

One of the greatest advantages of solid wood flooring is that its appearance and durability can be renewed by periodic floor sanding, which effectively eliminates any surface damage, such as scratches or stains, making the floor almost eternal.

In addition to the purely practical aspects, it is important to know that solid parquet flooring, thanks to its prestige, gives an increase in value to the property, since it is a floor that is a real and lasting investment that improves over the years. If you have had any experience with real estate agencies, you will have observed how its presence in a home is often a major selling point in property valuations, making it significantly more attractive on the market.

Disadvantages of Hardwood Flooring: which ones to consider?

Despite its many advantages, when considering flooring your home with solid hardwood flooring, it is important to take into consideration some aspects that can greatly affect the final choice. Let's see together what the cons of solid wood flooring can be!

First of all, it is useful to know that the initial cost is significantly higher than for other types of flooring, precisely because solid wood is more valuable, both for the material itself and for the craftsmanship required in its installation and finishing: as a result, we should expect a higher quote right from the start than, for example, a quote required for a ceramic floor.

The sensitivity of natural wood to climatic variations is another factor to be taken into consideration: exposure to excessive humidity or temperature changes can cause deformation of the material over time, such as expansion or shrinkage, which can compromise the aesthetics and functionality of the floor. Therefore, solid parquet should be considered perfect to be laid in a well-conditioned environment, and above all, it is convenient to choose it as flooring if careful maintenance is performed to preserve the beauty of solid parquet.

In addition, the time for its installation ce the final finishing processes requires care and attention, planning every detail, and can be longer than for the installation of other floors.

Prefinished parquet: features, advantages and disadvantages

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What is Prefinished Parquetry?

Prefinished parquet flooring is an innovative and functional solution for those seeking the elegance of wood and at the same time greater ease of installation. This type of flooring is different from solid wood because it consists of multiple layers: an inner core of wood-derived materials, such as plywood or HDF, and a surface layer of noble wood.

The surface layer of noble wood, generally ranging in thickness from 2 to 6 millimeters, is pretreated at the factory with protective varnishes and finishes. This prefinishing process also includes the application of sealers, oils, or UV varnishes, which protect the wood from wear, scratches, and color fading. With these specific treatments, the prefinished parquet is ready for immediate post-laying use, significantly speeding up installation time!

The advantages of Prefinished Parquet

Practicality is definitely the main advantage of a prefinished parquet floor: factory processing ensures an incredible level of quality and uniformity of surface treatment that is difficult to achieve with on-site finishing. It also reduces downtime during floor installation, allowing spaces to be habitable almost immediately.

In addition, thanks to the state-of-the-art finish, this type of flooring is particularly resistant to abrasive agents, maintaining the appearance of new, shiny wood for a longer period than untreated wood. In addition, there are many different finishes and colors in our catalog, allowing everyone to find the best solution for their interior.

The disadvantages of Prefinished Parquet

Despite the many benefits it brings, prefinished parquet flooring has some disadvantages that we need to be aware of before choosing a floor.

The main downside of prefinished parquet flooring is its reduced renovation capacity, as the noble layer, being thinner than solid wood, greatly limits the number of sanding operations we can perform on our floor. This means that although it is a very durable floor, prefinished parquet cannot be completely restored like solid wood parquet, reducing its longevity in the long run.

In addition, a prefinished parquet floor may not be the ideal solution for those who like and desire a completely natural effect, precisely because due to factory processing it still has an industrial look.

Oliviero Flooring: your parquet expert

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Our experience at your service in choosing and laying parquet flooring

Oliviero Pavimenti is the official distributor of Corà, the world's leading brand in the distribution of the highest quality wood for flooring or covering your home! We have years of experience in consulting, choosing and installing wood flooring for any type of home, business or office, thanks to our team of experts who are always available to guide you in selecting the wood floor that best suits your aesthetic and functional needs.

If you are considering installing a new hardwood floor or need advice on various patterns, maintenance or other curiosities, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer a free consultation to help you make the right choice for your home!

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