Parquet wood flooring has long been renowned for its quality and durability. Many Ultimate Floor Sanding Company customers contact us with a view to parquet floor restoration. Many homeowners want to look after these beautiful hardwood floors and keep them looking their best. Some customers have discovered a parquet floor hidden for years under carpets, some in old buildings that are being renovated and some customers want to maintain the original parquet floors found in stately homes and listed buildings across the UK. It makes sense that if you have such a high-quality, durable hardwood floor in your home, you would want a professional to restore it. Our floor restoration experts are passionate about wood flooring, and between you and me, they take particular pride in restoring a beautiful parquet floor to its former glory.
Parquet Floors – What is parquet?
Parquet floors are at times instantly recognizable thanks to the traditional, and sometimes intricate, laying patterns it comes in. It’s interesting to know that in fact a wood flooring product can only be called parquet if its real wood top layer is at least 2.5mm in thickness. Parquet floors are often laid in a simple strip style pattern, wood floors don’t have to be laid in herringbone, swallowtail, or five-finger patterns to be called parquet. Some of the most intricate parquet floors can be laid in a mosaic style, they are a true work of art. But like all wood floors, these works of art need care and maintenance and at times restoration work.
Parquet Floor Patterns
Some of the patterns found in parquet floors are
- Decking – the simplest method – stacking the flooring boards to each other.
- Herringbone – matching tops two plates at 90 degrees.
- Swallowtail – like herringbone but sets of two or three connected parquet boards are laid together.
- Cubical – is also known as five finger parquet. As the name says, the pattern connects the small flooring planks so they form square.
- Alternating – alternating system of placing boards.
- Mosaic – decorative flooring installation method. Less commonly used for the entire surface, but mostly for certain parts of the floor.
Woods Used in Parquet Flooring
Only hard wood species are fit for parquet floor production, about 300 wood species are used. Here are some of the most common found in parquet floors in the UK:
• American walnut
• Cherry tree
• Karelian birch
• Olive tree
• Pear tree
• Plane tree
We are experts at parquet floor restoration, so are able to identify the wood used. This is critical to understanding what’s required to restore the floor, how to match the wood for any repairs, and the finishing products suitable for that particular wood type.