Parquet flooring is made up of square pieces of wood in an angular and geometric design. It offers a variety of design options, and the parquet collection includes beech, maple, cherry tree and oak classics. During earlier days, parquet was made of strips of wood affixed into square blocks. This type of floors was very sensitive to moisture and would usually bulge and collapse when exposed to moisture. Today, parquet floors are made of plywood or a hardwood and are given a laminated end. This flooring is resistant to moisture and can also be used even at the basement level. The popularity of parquet flooring is spreading fast, and wood parquet floors are becoming the choice for many of Europe’s finest homes.
Patterns of Parquet Flooring
They are usually divided into two; the contemporary and the traditional parquet flooring
The Contemporary parquet flooring
There are three popular contemporary parquet flooring; herringbone pattern, chevron pattern and the hexagon pattern.
The Herringbone is a modern parquet floor pattern, and it is created by placing rectangles in a staggered zigzag pattern. For herringbone floors, the wood is not placed or cut at an angle but in rectangles which are laid in a broken zigzag pattern.
This is a zigzag pattern that ends at a sharp point; like a letter V. For chevron flooring, the wood pieces are cut at an angle and placed together to form a true point. This angle is what differentiates the herringbone from the Chevron.
This is also a popular contemporary design. The wood pieces are cut into a six-sided regular shape and are placed and arranged in a regular manner.
The Traditional parquet flooring
The various traditional parquet flooring includes D’Aremberg, Monticello, Chantilly, Chantreuse, Soubise, Fountainbleu, and Gaujacq but only three are popular;
• D’Aremberg pattern
D’Aremberg Patterns got its name from the D’Arenberg castle in Belgium and named after the family that reigned in the Western European country from the seventeenth century till the world war one.
• Monticello pattern
The Monticello pattern is a conventional French pattern from the Baroque period.
• Chantilly pattern
Types of Parquet Flooring
The popular types of parquet flooring are solid parquet, parquet veneer flooring and Herringbone engineered wood floor.
Solid parquet is made up of solid wood from top to bottom. It is equivalent to the solid hardwood flooring. There are two types of solid parquet flooring which are; solid oak parquet flooring which is known for its particular hardness and resistance to external impact and solid ash parquet flooring which renders coziness and elegance to a room.
Parquet veneer flooring is made of a layer of parquet over an attached subflooring, and it is the equivalent of engineered hardwood floors.
Engineered herringbone parquet flooring
Herringbone engineered wood flooring makes you get the best of both worlds, it gives you a pattern that is easy to fit because it’s already created and formed on the board and also gives you the versatility of engineered wood flooring all rolled into one.
Parquet flooring is regaining its stand and popularity in the market. With the growth in environmental consciousness, more people are returning to parquet floors.