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Parquet Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered parquet wood flooring is a popular, cost effective alternative to solid wood parquet. Traditional parquet is made from individual blocks of wood that are hand positioned into a parquet pattern, while the engineered alternative creates the parquet pattern onto a length of floor board. The pattern is, therefore, ‘ready made’, and planks simply need to be laid together for full room coverage.

What is parquet? Parquet is almost like a mosaic that’s created from small, individual blocks of wood. While parquet is always geometric, and created from sharp, angular shapes such as rectangles and squares, there’s really no limit to the number of different patterns that can be classed as being ‘parquet’ in nature. Parquet is actually very diverse; much more diverse than many people think.

Although there are a lot of different parquet patterns, some are more familiar than others. Herringbone and chevron, for example, are both very popular parquet patterns, with herringbone being made from rectangles, and chevron being made from parallelogram shapes. It can be tricky for amateur DIY enthusiasts to lay parquet due to the complexities of the patterns, but this is simplified with engineered parquet.

As well as common patterns like herringbone and chevron, there are almost unlimited options that aren’t quite as well known. There’s the classic Versailles parquet, for example, and other unusual and eye catching patterns such as kaleidoscope-style designs and basket weave styles. There are so many different options available that there’s sure to be a parquet pattern to suit any room of the home, and any taste.

As solid wood parquet is made from small, narrow, individual solid wood blocks, engineered parquet wood flooring is believed to be much more stable. The unique composition of engineered wood flooring means there’s a strong plywood structure underneath the parquet surface, so the boards are unlikely to shift, even when exposed to common everyday household stresses such as foot traffic and moisture.

Many homeowners prefer engineered parquet flooring to its solid wood counterpart because it’s cheaper and easier to maintain, and yet you still get the overall look and feel of ‘real’ parquet thanks to the real wood lamella; a characteristic of engineered wood flooring. It’s actually very difficult to tell the difference between solid and engineered parquet, especially once the boards have been brushed or lacquered.

What is the best wood for engineered parquet flooring? It all comes down to personal preference, although oak and walnut are hugely popular thanks to their interesting and eye catching contrasting grains. The slight colour variations within these woods help to differentiate the ‘blocks’ so that the pattern appears to be more defined, allowing for the floor to more closely relate to solid parquet.

Traditionally, parquet floors are found in hallways and bedrooms, but by opting for engineered parquet wood flooring you’re creating more possibilities. As engineered wood floors can be used with underfloor heating and in moisture-prone areas of the home, this type of flooring is becoming more and more common in living rooms and kitchens.

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