Parquet is certainly one of the most coveted materials when it comes to choosing the right flooring for the home. Simple, natural and warm for a welcoming and familiar environment. It is a solid wood flooring whose thickness varies from 10 to 22 mm. The range of shades is also wide, this depends on exposure to the sun and the type of wood. Different colors and fibers for a more or less expensive wood.
Parquet and its evolutions: guide to choosing the best and for all budgets
Parquet is certainly not an economic and advantageous solution, especially if you opt for solid wood, the most expensive and valuable. A valid alternative currently seems to be laminate, a wood-effect material that replaces parquet without too many sacrifices. There are two types of wooden parquet on the market: solid wood and pre-finished parquet. The choice depends on the budget available, the quality of the product you are looking for as well as the type of environment it is intended for. Often thearchitect select the parquet for different solutions; not only functional but also to characterize the house to be restored.
Represents the top of wooden flooring. The main difference with other parquet is the quality of the product. Solid wood is better in terms of hardness and stability as well as having a greater thickness. All factors that allow a more contained maintenance of the product. Let's not forget that each wooden plank is entirely made of noble wood. As well as a marvel for the eyes, it is a valid solution for those looking for a wooden floor where they can insert drawings, artistic frames or, why not, apply treatments aimed at a correct maintenance. A good renovation provides great solutions to offer to the customer.
Unlike solid wood, pre-finished parquet looks like a parquet with a thin layer of noble wood. This factor should not be underestimated as it requires little maintenance of the wood, at most 2 or 3. In the event of damage or defects in the wood it is necessary to resort to the complete replacement of the parquet. The advantages of pre-finished parquet are not lacking. The most obvious concerns the wallets: if you opt for a pre-finished one, you will certainly save money and still have a real wood floor. The timing of laying the parquet is also fast and does not require great manpower.
The critical points of a wooden parquet concern the humidity. Wood being a material that absorbs damp is undoubtedly at risk with regard to unsightly stains. Avoiding it in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom avoids the risk of swelling and replacements. Understanding all the functionalities of wood you just need to understand costs per square meter and relative laying.
Wood not wood
If your demands are not high, but you still want a floor that recalls wood and its natural effect, you can evaluate the use of laminate. In terms of quality, it is not real wood, but a simple coating.
How is the laminate made?
A mixture of non-precious ground wood joined to the glue is made and then on the surface are placed micron of molded plastic. Its thickness varies from 6 to 12 mm.
It is certainly a material that tempts with regards to finishes and colors. The choice is truly vast and the different shades available can give your home the effect you want most. Many even choose different shades for each room in the house, all for an original and colorful effect. An element that should not be overlooked is that the laminate does not know moisture problems and tolerates scratches and wear of various kinds very well. Therefore a coating that is chosen for its versatility in terms of finishes, colors and for its high resistance over time.
A material that adapts to any situation, environment and context. Wood, in all its variants, colors and thicknesses, is the most requested and loved solution for a home that gives off warmth at first glance.
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