Understanding Parquet Flooring
Remodeling your home can be a really exciting project. While some people remodel their new homes after buying them from a previous owner, others do it just because they want their home to be dynamic. Even though home remodeling projects are exciting, they are equally expensive too. There are companies who are not only selling all remodeling supplies, but also can install everything you will purchase from them.
Considering the present condition of our economic system, not everyone is having deep pockets filled with green dollars to spend. These days’ people are trying to find new, better and cost effective ways to remodel their homes. In this article we will discuss about flooring, parquet flooring in particular.
• Busting the myth bubble around parquet flooring:
It seems like people don’t actually understand the concept of parquet flooring and hence prefer other options over it. Let’s first understand the meaning of the word parquet. Parquet simply means a geometric arrangement or mosaic of wooden pieces. This means that parquet flooring doesn’t means the use of a new material but involves wooden pieces.
The art of parquetry is not something that has arrived in recent years. Parquet flooring was first used in France during the medieval period. Historians believe that parquet flooring was first used around 1624 in France. Parquetry was seen as a viable alternative to marble floors that required a lot of maintenance and washing. Even though marble floors are very durable, the cost of maintenance was high due to seepage of water under the floor. As people found out that parquetry is more economical and durable as compared to marble floors, it gradually spread all over France and then to other parts of the world.
• Woods used in parquetry:
As stated above, parquetry means a mosaic of wooden tiles. Now which wood you want to use is completely your own choice. People who are looking for budget parquet floors prefer wooden tiles made of oak wood, walnut, maple and cheery. In contrast to this if money is not a limiting factor for you then you can go for more expensive and better looking wooden tiles made from mahogany.
• Cleaning of parquet floors:
It is recommended that you clean your parquet floors manually. Cleaning a parquet floor with a help of a vacuum cleaner often results in a scratched floor.
• Cost of maintenance:
The whole idea of parquetry is to reduce the overall cost. Ask any expert and he will tell you that parquet floors are really cost effective when it comes to maintenance. Since parquet floors are made up of individual wooden tiles, any tiles that you think are looking odd or damaged can be easily replaced. Replacing wooden tiles is also not that difficult, in fact you can also do it yourself without the help of a professional.
One important thing to note here is the type of glue you use. You can either use a hot bitumen emulsion or cold synthetic glue. It actually depends on the wooden tiles that you have in your parquet floor. Always choose the right glue or else the tiles won’t adhere.