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Pros and Cons of Solid, Engineered and Parquet Flooring


solid wood floor installationWith the variety of wood flooring on the market these days, people are getting confused what to choose for their homes. Solid wood flooring is amongst the strongest, most durable and expensive ones but still there are other factors to be taken into account. If you would like to go for engineered flooring, the cost of fitting will go down but underlay will be required. Underlays help with dealing with subfloor levels to certain extend, so chances we may need to ply before laying new floors decreases with engineered flooring. Parquet flooring is also an option to consider, it comes in blocks that can be laid in different patterns, depending on your taste. Thus your wood floors can turn into a piece of art.

Let’s look deeply into the pros and cons of these three different wood floorings.

    Solid

  •    It is sensitive to humidity, therefore recommended for wooden subfloors only.
  •    Needs strong bond to subfloor - so either nailed-down (secret) or glued down (concrete)
  •    Cannot go with underlay due to above
  •    Have better sandable depth than engineered (longer life span)
  •    Comes in random lengths
  •    Very strong and durable

    Engineered

  •     Usually installed as floating, can be easily removed
  •     Can have underlay - improves soundproofing and thermal insulation
  •     Can be sanded, but not as much as the solid wood flooring
  •     Usually comes in fixed, long  lengths
  •     Recommended for concrete floors, where temperature and moisture resistance is required. It's not a benefit on plied, chip boarded or other wooden subfloors.

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    Parquet Flooring

  •     Blocks come always unfinished, refinished and sealed after fitting
  •     Needs good level, so subfloor preparation essential
  •     Not sensitive to moisture, 'though it is solid wood type of flooring
  •     Can offer design, which other types cannot
  •     If underlay is required for thermal / sound proofing it is laid below ply.



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