Parquet Flooring | When thinking about remodeling, today’s families are looking for smarter, less expensive ways to beautify their living spaces. When it comes to flooring, the options are endless and can be one of the most costly and daunting decisions of the remodel. While there are many options to choose from such as carpet, tile, even concrete, parquet flooring is another option sometimes overlooked. It is a durable product that is not difficult to install and can last for decades, making it a reasonable and beautiful upgrade for any room in the house, from the kitchen to the basement. Parquet flooring can be installed over concrete as well as existing hardwood, laminate, or ceramic tile, making it an easy DIY project.
Parquet flooring hails all the way back to 1684, when it replaced marble in Versailles, France. The marble flooring used prior to this had to be cleaned constantly, and the water would run down to the under- lying floor supports, causing them to rot. Parquet, noted for its beauty and strength was also easier to clean, thus its use spread quickly. Today parquet flooring comes in solid parquet and parquet panels, using different types of wood such as oak, pine, mahogany, and walnut. Solid parquet is blocks of wood glued down into different patterns, the most recognizable being the herringbone pattern. It is usually between 3/4″ to 5/8″ thick and is glued down, as opposed to nailing, as was traditionally done with hardwood flooring. Parquet panels are veneers of hardwood glued onto less expensive wood, such as plywood. The veneer (also called the wear layer) can be between 1/4″ thick to 1/16″ thick and is installed with glue using the tongue and groove joints.
The cost of parquet flooring is just one of its alluring features. There is parquet for all budgets and needs. It runs from $0.99 per square foot to more than $60.00 per square foot, depending on the type of parquet, either solid or veneer, the woods chosen, and the thickness of the wood. Solid parquet is more expensive, but can be sanded down and refinished throughout the life of the floor, whereas sanding or refinishing the parquet panels may take the finish down to the cheaper wood underneath. Great caution should be used to keep from ruining the flooring. Medallions are also available, and while they are usually quite expensive, they are beautiful pieces of art and there are no limits as to design. The cost is usually between $1,300 to $3,500, depending on the size and the types of woods used. Medallions use some of the most exotic woods, which add greatly to their cost. The care of parquet flooring is easy and usually only requires a damp mop to keep them looking their best.
The warranties for parquet flooring vary. Some of the solid wood parquets come with lifetime coverage while the less expensive panels can go up to 25 years, depending on the thickness of the veneers.
Just for fun, one of the most famous parquet floors started its journey in 1946 as the floor of the original Boston Arena, home of the Celtics. In 1952 it was moved, completely intact, to Boston Garden and was used there by the Celtics until 1995, when it took yet another trip to what was known as the Fleet Center, now known as TD Garden. The floor was in use until 1999 when it was cut up and partially sold as souvenirs, as the Boston Garden was torn down in 1998. Today the Celtics play on a truly special parquet floor inside TD Garden that combines some of the old sections of the original floor and the new.
When choosing new flooring, parquet can be just the thing to finish that remodel beautifully.