For many years, parquets have become a central element in terms of design and fit out of the internal spaces.
Why has this happened? It is not only fashion, since wood is known for its characteristics: high elasticity, extremely resistant, an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator. Above all, it is the best option if you want to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
The wide range of wood species and many ways of combination and processing brings diverse choices. But which is the one that meets our needs?
Here’s what to know before choosing the right parquet:
Massive wood or with layers
Even though is too easy to think about the parquet design and colours that best suit our tastes or budget, we should take into consideration a very important element: solid wood parquet or with layers?
Solid wood parquet is made from a high quality single layer of wood that is really close to the original wood stake. For those who admire more traditional or classic styles, this type of parquet evokes warm feelings.
A parquet with layers is composed of two to three layers: one of these is solid wood, while the others are wood stakes of a lower quality. This type of parquet has the advantage of the easy installation and time maintenance.
Oak, olive, maple, bamboo, ash, African Doussie, Iroko, Afrormosia, etc …. a wide range of wood species is used for parquets! But why should we choose one of these materials and not another one? Beyond the aesthetic tastes, we must take into account the technical characteristics of the wood we choose.
That is why you better get informed about how the type of wood that have chosen responds to different environmental conditions such as humidity or temperature. In fact, each of the types of wood reacts differently from the others, and if we are not curious enough about the parquet we will choose we may face unpleasant surprises.
For example, the oak parquet should be used in environments with temperature between 15 and 30 ° C, where the level of humidity in the air is between 45% and 65%. The olive wood parquet should be used in an ambient where the temperature should not exceed 25 ° C. The olive Doussie wood parquet has the same characteristics, but it changes because it is very resistant and can be used in environments where there may be direct contact with water, such as kitchens or toilets.
Colours and spaces
Often, if we think only of the colour of the parquet, we can make a wrong choice. In fact, the available space should be the main factor that should influence us while choosing the colors.
If the place where we want to install parquet flooring is small or narrow we should choose a more open colour. In this way the environment will look bigger and with more light.
If we are dealing with large spaces, a dark parquet flooring gives a completely opposite effect: more warmth, elegance and creates the feeling of a inclusive environment.
Open – Spruce, French or Canadian Maple, Oak, Beech, etc.
Brune -olive, walnut, acacia, Muhuhu, antique oak, etc.
Reddish –pink Maple, Cherry, Doussie, etc.
Dark – oak, dark laurel, Cabreuva, Mutenye etc
Once you have learnt so many things, which parquet would you choose? Do not be alarmed by the details! In fact, everything is to your advantage, so if you choose a qualitative wood parquet, with a colour that best suits the environment and with favourable technical features, the result will be impressive. The most valuable advice we can give is that you should choose a serious manufacturer or distributor. They should be informed and extremely opened to all your requests.