Parquet flooring is poised to make a comeback, it is partly because of the fact that consumers are now finding a nostalgic appeal to a flooring once prevalent in mid-century modern homes. Today, parquet flooring is not perceived as a cheap copy of old-time crafted parquet floors, but as a retro tribute to the 1970s and 1980s. And improved products have also made parquet floor boards more popular again. Rather than tiles with a simple parallel or herringbone patterns, dozens of additional patterns are now available. And where once the primary wood species options were oak and maple, parquet flooring tiles can now be found in many other hardwoods, including some exotics.
Parquet flooring can benefit you in how it is actually more stable than solid timber flooring. The reason for this is due to the fact that it is made of three layers of wood at 90 degree angles to each other to reduce movement in the wood. The layer on the top of the wood is called the wear layer and it is a result from a carefully selected wood and is called the wear layer. It has 2.5–3.2 mm thickness and can be sanded two to three times. Underneath is an advanced body that absorbs impact and guarantees the high stability of the floor. There is a sheet of ecologically certified wood that gives each board perfect balance below it. Since the bottom layers of wood are not visible for us to see, they can be made of cheaper types of wood, which frequently means that parquetry is more economical than solid timber flooring. There are pros and cons to parquetry, namely:
- Parquet tiles are easier to install than hardwood planks. Glue-down installation means no nailing is required. Urethane-based adhesive has a 60-minute working time, which allows you ample time to perfect the placement. Because tiles are thin, they are easy to cut with a saw.
- Today’s hardwood parquet floor tiles are solid wood—not engineered products with veneer layers.
- Prefinished tiles are the standard. You can find parquet tiles in many colors, with very hard and durable polyurethane finishes already applied. There is no mess or smell from finishing.
- Parquet is a perfect flooring choice for recreating mid-century modern decor styles.
With pros, there are certainly few drawbacks to parquet floor boards:
- Because parquet is real wood, manufacturers recommend that you install this product at or above grade. This flooring is not recommended for basements.
- Tiles are quite thin, at about 5/16 inch. There is not much structural value to these floors, and if the underlying framework isn’t solid, these floors may flex underfoot.
- Fondness for parquet flooring is a unique taste. Future owners may not like it unless they have an appreciation for mid-century modern styles.
- Refinishing options are limited. The thin layer of wood means that only light sanding is possible. Alternating directions of wood grain also complicate sanding. Refinishing these floors needs to be approached very carefully.