The choice of parquet for the kitchen
We often tend to think that the wooden floor is a covering to be chosen only for a few rooms in the house, especially for those where there is less chance of dirtying or damaging the floor itself.
For this reason, choose the parquet in the kitchen always arouses doubts and, precisely the fear that stains and humidity can ruin it, combined with that of resistance to falling objects, almost always directs towards the choice of tile coverings.
However, many do not know that with due care the parquet can also be easily placed in the kitchen. In fact, starting from the fear of water, we must know that, if it does not stagnate, it does not damage the wood at all.
The important thing is to choose wood essences very stable in contact with humidity, characterized by high hardness, which makes them particularly suitable for humid environments, such as Oak, Doussiè, Merbau, Iroko, Teak e Wengè.
Advantages and disadvantages of choosing parquet for the kitchen
Before making the purchase to have a kitchen with parquet, it is important to know the differences between parquet and tiles, therefore i pro e i versus.
Between advantages There are:
- beauty and elegance;
- change over time, that is, it possesses the innate characteristic of evolving together with the people who live it every day. It is a living material, therefore it changes over time, bringing with it the signs of experience;
Among disadvantages we find:
- greater absorption of liquids compared to other materials;
- sensitivity with respect to falling objects, especially if heavy;
- more care due to its delicacy.
Kitchen parquet: which types of wood to choose?
As previously mentioned, parquet can be laid in all rooms of the house, carefully choosing the right essence based on the following characteristics:
- highest quality of wood, as a poor wooden parquet has very little chance of surviving in a lived-in environment such as the kitchen;
- resistance, the essence chosen must have all the characteristics that allow it not to be damaged too much with wear and to better combat any accidents. It must be very stable in order to avoid deformations due to contact with water and humidity, and resistant to shocks and scratches.
The two best essences are the teak and the wengè.
The teak it is a stable essence and one of the most resistant to atmospheric agents.
It is also waterproof and very hard, therefore suitable both to resist falling objects, water and the eventual fall of fatty foods.
The wengè it has characteristics very similar to those of teak: it is hard, compact and very resistant to humidity.
A particular essence: bamboo
Among the most innovative choices we point out the parquet in bamboo, considered special because it comes from a plant and not a tree. It is suitable for a wood-effect kitchen thanks to the following characteristics:
- high strength;
- hardness, greater than that of teak and wenge.
Armony Floor has bamboo parquet solutions, and in addition to being an innovative choice, it is also original thanks to its appearance and the different shades of color, from light yellow to dark brown, which will certainly make the floor of the own kitchen.
Ideas and solutions to inspire you for your choice
CP Parquet offers many solutions and parquet models that are also ideal for the kitchen, consisting of 2 or 3 layers. Among the various and beautiful models there is pencil, characterized by two layers and the strip format that brings new style ideas and creates smart environments.
It has a thickness of 14 mm, variable length from 1200 to 1800 mm, a width of 65 mm with a choice between oak European, wot European and American walnut.
Another very elegant and particular model is tiles in European oak, heat treated lightly oiled, e inlay heat-treated oiled in dark tone.
It has a thickness of 14 mm compatible with 2-layer structure, and a thickness of 15-20 mm compatible with 3 layers and dimension 70×70 cm.
Thickness and laying of parquet in the kitchen
Choosing the essence to use, attention must be paid to thickness of the strips in wood that will make up the parquet. Precisely because the kitchen is a fully lived environment, the most trodden area of the house, the parquet strips must be thick enough to be able to withstand continuous use.
It is therefore advisable to choose fairly thick strips of approx 3,5-3,8 mm.
Once this is done, you decide laying technique to use. The existing techniques are:
- floating laying, certainly to be discarded because it makes the parquet less stable and in the case of water infiltration it is more complicated to intervene;
- nailed pose, also to be discarded as it is very complicated to perform and is not very functional;
- glued installation, is the absolute best because it allows, in the event of accidents, does not allow water to infiltrate between the wood and the screed, which can be saved, and to a greater extent prevents the wood from deforming and moving.
The best glue to use is the two-component one.
Parquet in the kitchen: finishes and treatments
Wood is a naturally open pore material and therefore, to prevent it from being damaged, it is essential protect it to ensure resistance, durability and beauty over time.
The choice of finishes provides two options: parquet oiled The painted.
The painting it is in great demand as it allows you to easily clean the parquet surface, does not require special maintenance, does not show fingerprints or halos.
On the other hand it is a very temporary solution because it creates a very thin protective layer, so walking and cleaning will easily consume the film leaving the floor uncovered and unprotected.
The oil treatment it is certainly more expensive than painting, but it gives the floor a truer look. Unlike paint, oil doesn’t just coat the surface, it goes to impregnation the wood fibers saturating the pores in order to ensure resistance to any type of mechanical stress.
Other parquet solutions in the kitchen
Maro Cristiani proposes many series of wooden parquet, with many models to choose from to create the floor of your kitchen.
Among these is the Giotto oak parquet, the latest addition to the Palazzo Blu Painters Series, characterized by great simplicity, with the class and resistance of a floor suitable for any interior.
Also Iperceramica has many parquet models to choose from, all very elegant and ready to make the kitchen warm and welcoming. One of the proposed models is the parquet of the series Ash Platinum, formed by 3 layers, in brushed ash gray painted.
It has a thickness of 14mm, with a slat dimension of 20×220 cm, applicable both with floating and glued laying and also suitable for underfloor heating systems.
Advice on maintenance
In addition to all the precautions listed, concerning the choice of the wood essence, installation and treatment, it is also important to know the proper maintenance to be put into practice to ensure that the parquet does not deteriorate over time.
The maintenance procedures to be followed are:
- daily cleaning using a slightly damp cloth and a neutral product so as not to damage the surface. You don’t have to use a lot of water because the wood still absorbs more and is easily damaged;
- pay attention to temperature and humidity of the kitchen. The optimal temperature must be around 18-21 degrees and humidity must be fought by ventilating the rooms especially when cooking.
In any case, when buying a parquet it is advisable not to forget about add strips of parquet in more than the size actually needed, because they can be useful if it should replace part of the irreparably damaged parquet.
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