Parquet Board is one of the most popular floor coverings, not least due to the excellent appearance and naturalness of the materials used in its manufacture. What is good about this material and does it have any significant drawbacks? These issues were dealt with by our experts.
Features and structure
Parquet Board is an absolutely natural and completely eco-friendly material that is used as a practical and durable floor covering. This versatile, multi-layered structure, represented by several types of wood, can safely compete with the venerable wood array and stylish piece parquet.
Speaking about the structural features of a parquet Board, it should be noted that there are no wood shavings at all (as in laminate, for example) – the product is completely represented by natural wood and consists of 3 layers:
Bottom – its main goal is to stabilize the floor. It is represented by coniferous wood (most often veneer). The layer thickness is 1.5 mm.
The middle layer is located at right angles to the lower layer, and, like it, is made of coniferous wood. It is the middle layer that determines the product’s performance characteristics.
Upper-the main task is decorative. It is made from valuable wood species (oak, bamboo, maple, etc.). The layer thickness is 1-6 mm.
Pluses of a parquet Board
Parquet Board is undoubtedly a stylish and high-quality material. But it is not only these advantages that attract numerous consumer attention:
Environmental friendliness – since the product in question consists exclusively of natural wood, it is absolutely safe for the human body.
Easy installation – even without special skills, it is not difficult to install the coating at home. This is possible due to the features of fixing individual elements, as well as the size of their dimensions. In addition, there is no need to cycle boards.
High resistance to moisture, temperature and mechanical loads – thanks to its design features, the floor covering can easily withstand the effects of moisture, temperature changes, and firmly tolerates mechanical impact.
High level of noise absorption – thanks to this characteristic of the parquet Board, you can avoid using additional noise-absorbing material when finishing the floor.
A huge variety of species – the range offered by manufacturers of floor coverings is so large that you can choose the right product for absolutely any interior.
Low electrostaticity is another interesting feature of the floor material – some of its elements are not able to accumulate static electricity – this is why the product is so pleasant to the touch.
Disadvantages of the material
Like any other material, parquet has its drawbacks, since ideals, as you know, do not exist:
Instability to shock loads-unfortunately, the thickness of the upper layer of the parquet Board is its frankly weak point, because in the case of a significant force load, dents will certainly remain on the surface.
Relatively short service life – it can not be said that after 3-5 years of operation, the floor covering will fail. But it is also difficult to call the product’s service life long – only 10-20 years. For comparison, a wood mass with proper care can last about half a century.
Complexity of restoration – usually in the case of shallow damage to a wood element, its putty is carried out: a special device removes a small layer of wood. Parquet does not have sufficient thickness to carry out a deep restoration or its repeated repetition.
The complexity of the implementation of curly laying – since the parquet Board belongs to the castle coverings, the patterned laying of individual elements of the material is not discussed at all. Due to its design features, the product in question can only be mounted parallel, at an angle, or perpendicular.
Impracticality (we are talking about the case of repair) – if restoration of the damaged area is impossible, it will be necessary to replace not just a single element, but also an entire section of the floor covering, which is due to the significant dimensions of one Board, as well as the features of fixing elements.