Artisanal Wood Parquets: The Basics
Wood parquets let you have the comfortable, home-y feel to your floors without sacrificing structural integrity. Essentially, wood parquet involves laying pieces of wood in a repeating pattern for your flooring. Naturally, there are many types of wood and a myriad of these can be sued for your flooring.
Some clients, who want every part of their house to mean something or who believe in the power nature, tend to choose woods not based on how they look but their mythological meaning. If you’re interested in putting a nice touch to your flooring, here are the usual measurements for wood parquet floor panels:
Common Parquet Tile Sizes: 9″ x 9”, 12” x 12”, 19” x 19”
Common Parquet Tile Thickness: Between 5/16” – ¾”
But before you think about adding wood parquet to your home, here are some things you should know:
- It gives off an elegant feel and is great for formal spaces. You don’t have to do your whole house floor plan in wood parquet—you can confine the style to your formal dining room or your special receiving area. The bottom floor of your home can also have this kind of flooring while you can style upstairs to have a cozier feel.
- Unfinished wood parquet may look pretty enough but without the right finish, it can stain easily and crack with just the slightest pressure. You have to take into consideration the furniture, appliances and fixtures you want to put in a room with wood parquet flooring. Items that are too heavy can crack the wood and have you call a repairman or contractor just to return the beautiful effect to the rest of the room.
- Wood panelling is bad in small, functional space. You can only appreciate the different types of wood and the patterns they create when you have a big enough space to lay out the patterns and you don’t have a lot of items upright. This means that small, cluttered rooms that show a lot of use are not going to benefit from a wood parquet treatment.
- Patterns matter. Aside from the actual material used in the wood flooring, the pattern of your elegant design has to be made by an artisan. This is why it’s very important that you get a craftsman to do your parquet flooring. It’s not enough that you follow a pattern. The pieces of wood have to be chosen carefully and a certain direction must be followed. Otherwise, you end up with a busy pattern that actually irritates the eyes instead of giving an elegant feel to the room.
- Patterns differ by name and type across manufacturers. Since there are only so many words you can use to describe certain patterns of oak, beech, ash and other wood types, you can expect that the same name for a pattern means something different among several manufacturers. At the same time, a real artisan can make better work with a generic product if you let them.
So before you consider inlaying some wood parquet, make sure that you understand what you’re getting into. While it’s a beautiful choice, it has to be implemented correctly to pull off the desired effect.