How to choose the most suitable parquet for our home

Choice of parquet, advice on how to orient yourself

If you want to make your home an elegant and welcoming environment, a modern parquet is a winning choice but apparently not very simple: the natural variability of parquet wood, together with the different processes to which it is subjected for the realization of a resistant parquet can put the inexperienced buyer in difficulty.

Among the various parquet patterns, choose between a pre-finished parquet and a solid wood or among the many essences, finishes and formats available on the market it can be complicated but also very fun.

The traditional or pre-finished parquet consists of more overlapping layers with the upper one in precious wood (essence) at least 2.5 mm thick and the lower ones (support and counterbalance) in less precious wood and is now the most widespread on the market: its characteristics of resistance, ease of installation, less maintenance and lower cost make it the best solution both in the case of first installation and especially in the case of renovation.

Contrary to popular belief, the pre-finished parquet boasts great resistance characteristics, in fact it is considered the parquet more resistant to wear, this connotation derives from the fact that its surface can receive up to 6-7 coats of varnish that allow it to maintain the color and brilliance of the wood much longer than a traditional parquet: this prolonged processing also ensures that the pre-finished parquet does not require periodic and expensive maintenance, sanding and polishing activities.

There are many pre-finished parquet colors, in fact this type of parquet is available in various essences and finishes: in recent years, also for reasons of environmental protection and respect for the rarest and most exotic woods, the market has focused mainly on European oak.

In addition to the natural variability of wood which by definition is always different from table to table, and ai different types of wood for parquet, the possibility of submitting the parquet planks various treatments and processes has allowed to expand the range of chromatic solutions: the woods can be painted in different finishes, brushed, pickled to obtain truly fascinating and therefore different aesthetic and tactile effects types of parquet, thus obtaining a light or darker parquet depending on the tastes and style of the house.

Treatments for parquet: aesthetic qualities but not only

There are many treatments to which the wood that becomes parquet can be subjected: the main ones are painting, oiling, brushing, planing.

In painting, as the name implies, the surface of the wood is treated with paints that create a protective film which, in addition to giving a peculiar aesthetic appearance, gives the floor greater resistance to mechanical and chemical stress.

On the other hand, in the event of scratches on this protective film, the damage is much more visible. The painting can be neutral, if you want to respect the natural color of the wood or with colored pigments to give a personalized finish: the most common is certainly bleaching.

Particular attention in the choice of a varnished parquet must be dedicated to the VOC emission level of the paints, which must be certified within the legal limits

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In an oiled parquet, the treatment does not cover the natural appearance of the wood but rather enhances it: the oils and resins used deeply impregnate the wood, giving it a warm, bright and, over the years, more and more “lived in” “. Compared to the painted version, an oiled parquet is theoretically less resistant because it does not have a protective film, but scratches and marks are less evident.

The brushed parquet precisely involves a brushing performed through special rotary brushes that finish the surface of the wooden floor bringing in relief the natural grain of the wood and thus giving a greater roughness to the touch, thus creating a rustic parquet.

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The success of pre-finished parquet has led to the spread of two laying methods: the floating one, in which the parquet rests on the existing screed or floor, and the glued one.

The floating laying it is simpler and faster and can also be done DIY while gluing requires more familiarity and to rely on a professional by choosing for example a parquet Iperceramica, which offers a wide choice in terms of color and parquet thickness.

Natural brushed oak plank
In floating installation it is necessary to insert a cork or polymeric mat between the parquet and the underlying surface: the different types of mat can have various characteristics of resistance, durability, sound absorption and moisture insulation, as needed.

The classic glued installation is always possible. In the case of solid parquet, the glued installation is mandatory.

Cost of laying parquet: what are the factors that determine it

There are many variables that affect the determination of parquet prices:

– i parquet colors, first determine the cost of parquet per square meter, by colors we mean theessence of parquet, that is the precious wood with which the upper layer of the plank is made: the exotic and rare ones (iroko, doussié, teak) are the most expensive: also the thickness of this layer which can vary from 2.5 to 4 mm and more affects on the cost;

– the type of parquet support: in general, the multilayer support is considered the most qualitative and expensive.

– the selection of wood: traditionally an AB selection (clean wood with few knots) is more expensive than a CD selection (rustic wood); in reality in recent years rustic selections have become very fashionable, sometimes they can cost more than the so-called selections clean, also because they often involve several processes to fill the knots and finish the surface.

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– the size of the boards which can range from small boards to very long and wide boards which are much more expensive; then if the boards are made up of several lamellas of different lengths glued on a single support, we speak of multistrip, the cheapest type of parquet;

– the finish has an important influence on the price, depending on the number and type of processing the wood is subjected to, for example: brushing, hand planing, heat treatment etc.

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Parquet choice, what you need to know

IPERCERAMICAWhen contacting a company that sells wooden floors, particular attention must be paid to the quality of the product and the choice of the wood species used.
Special attention must also be paid toeco-sustainability of products, now an essential duty.

A brand with consolidated experience such as Iperceramica, a leading Italian chain in the sale of floor and wall coverings, parquet, bathroom furniture and sanitary ware, with numerous shops throughout the country, is synonymous with the right choice.

In stores Iperceramica you can find a great selection of types of wooden parquet, capable of returning to the environment all the warmth that this material possesses.

You can choose various essences, formats and finishes capable of satisfying all customer needs. In fact, the most classic of finishes alternates with a range of expressive possibilities of great character and with an eye to the latest dictates of the fashion home. All finished with the unbeatable Iperceramica price!

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