A parquet wood floor is one made from shorter blocks rather than longer planks.
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Whether the parquet blocks are engineered or solid, the only visible difference will be their dimensions. However there is another invisible but crucial difference between parquet blocks and planks: parquet blocks are more stable. By ‘more stable’ we mean that they are more resistant to changes in the humidity of the room they are in.
Parquet is More Stable, and so More Versatile
As a rule, we are hardly ever able to approve the use of solid planks for a basement floor. Solid parquet, on the other hand, can be installed in many circumstances – but please be aware that there are still limitations. We almost never recommend, and we will very rarely supply or install, solid parquet for use with underfloor heating. Find out why here.
What Styles and Finishes are Available?
First, there is a choice of Ash, Maple, Oak, Walnut and Wenge. Each of these have their own natural look; Ash, Maple and Oak can be coloured in many different ways (you can read about our Custom Finishes here).
Herringbone or Chevron?
Then there are two options for the block pattern: Herringbone or Chevron. With Chevron the blocks are not rectangular. Both ends of each block are cut at an angle of 45 degrees, and blocks are laid with each end perfectly lined up with another to form a ‘V’ shape (think of the tail of an arrow). The Herringbone pattern does not involve any cutting; the blocks are still laid in pairs to make a ‘V’ shape, but there is a zig zag rather than straight line as the ends of the blocks meet.
Our solid parquet blocks are 21mm thick and 70mm wide. There are two block length options: 280mm or 350mm. These are not suitable for underfloor heating. We do however also have 9mm thick solid ‘overlay’ available in 70mm to 120mm widths and up to 600mm in length. As long as these are laid over a good quality plywood sub-floor, these overlay blocks are usually suitable for use with underfloor heating.
Or engineered parquet blocks are also 21mm thick but, because of the extra stability afforded by the plywood base (read about how engineered planks are made here) lengths of 400mm to 800mm are possible, with widths from 80mm to 120mm. Engineered parquet is almost always suitable for use with underfloor heating, subject to a satisfactory site survey (and you can read more about these here).
What’s the Installation Process?
All our parquet blocks are ‘tongue and groove’, so each piece locks together with its neighbours. When your floor is fitted we will start in the centre of the room and lay a line. Two blocks will be laid together to make a ‘V’ shape and glued down to the sub-floor. Blocks are then added, two at a time, in further ‘V’s, to create a line of blocks that extends from wall to wall. At this point work stops and the glue is left to harden overnight. Work will recommence the following day, and the rest of the floor will be laid working out from either side of that initial line.
As the floor nears a wall, the blocks will be cut to leave a gap from the wall equivalent to the width of the blocks being used. We will then lay blocks into that gap to form the edge of the floor. Or, if you prefer, we can also incorporate a border with another colour finish or even in a different species. As with all our floors, the choice is yours, as everything is made and installed to order.
What’s the Waiting Time for Parquet?
The lead time for a parquet floor will be slightly longer. Typically it is as follows, although this does depend on the colour options you choose and the size of the area where the floor is to be laid:
- Ash takes five to six weeks;
- Maple takes six to eight weeks;
- Oak takes five to six weeks;
- Walnut takes three to five weeks;
- Wenge takes nine to ten weeks.