par­quet floors

Em­brace this time­less floor­ing style in your home

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Wood par­quet is floor­ing made up of wooden blocks ar­ranged in a geo­met­ric pat­tern, from squares and tri­an­gles to her­ring­bone and chevron. How­ever, faux par­quet made from ce­ramic or vinyl can be ev­ery bit as im­pres­sive.

The real thing

Par­quet used to be made from solid wood, but now there are en­gi­neered de­signs too. En­gi­neered par­quet floors are made from lay­ers of pro­cessed wood with hard­wood on top, whereas solid-wood de­signs are made from solid pieces of tim­ber, which of­fer greater dura­bil­ity. Choose from harder woods such as oak, maple or wal­nut, while soft­wood par­quet is made from ma­te­ri­als like solid pine.

Choose your fin­ish

For an in­dus­trial-style look, raw or dis­tressed par­quet will work well. For a more tra­di­tional feel, a pol­ished de­sign that has a shine to it will fit the bill.

For the best re­sults

Lay­ing par­quet is best left to pro­fes­sion­als, how­ever, there are pre-as­sem­bled op­tions that ‘click’ to­gether, which are eas­ier to fit.

Keep its good looks

The best way to clean it is by vac­u­um­ing and us­ing a damp mop. If you do need to give it a deeper clean, use a spe­cial­ist wood floor de­ter­gent. It’s also rec­om­mended you re­var­nish ev­ery 10 years, to keep your par­quet pris­tine.

Worth the cost

Ex­pect to pay around £20sq m for a pre­fin­ished en­gi­neered prod­uct, and around £40 to £50sq m for the ma­te­ri­als, and a sim­i­lar amount for labour (per sq m).

Fall for fake

An­other op­tion is to go for a lam­i­nate floor with a par­quet ef­fect. Lam­i­nate is a multi-layer syn­thetic floor­ing, which is fused to­gether with a lam­i­na­tion process. The top two lay­ers are made up of a pho­to­graphic ap­pliqué layer, topped with a clear pro­tec­tive layer. The ben­e­fits are that it’s more durable and re­sis­tant to dents and scratches and it’s also eas­ier to in­stall. Al­ter­na­tively, there are lots of ce­ramic tiles avail­able that look just like the real thing de­spite the fact they are porce­lain. Go with this op­tion and you’ll have a floor­ing with a good durable fin­ish – plus, many de­signs are suit­able for out­door use, too, so you can take your look from in­doors onto a pa­tio.

‘Oc­ca­sional damp mop­ping and reg­u­lar vac­u­um­ing will keep wood par­quet good as new’ Josh Ashby, CMO, UK Floor­ing Di­rect

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