If a renovation is in the offing or if a new house has to be equipped, the question of the right floorcovering will sooner or later come into focus. The range of floor coverings is large. Parquet and vinyl in particular rank high in the popularity scale here. Whether parquet or vinyl is the better solution always depends on the circumstances and personal preferences.
There are essential distinguishing features and advantages and disadvantages that you should consider when making your decision.
Solid wood floorboards are a must for nature lovers
Especially if you opt for solid wood parquet, you will receive a product with a very high value. Because parquet of this type consists exclusively of real wood. Therefore, parquet made of solid woods is a must for nature lovers. This is ultimately also reflected in the natural appearance and the corresponding feel. When you touch the parquet, it feels warmer than vinyl.
Nevertheless, vinyl is also considered to be foot-warm. This is certainly the case in comparison to tiles or laminate. But real wood always feels warmer than plastic-based vinyl. In addition, parquet always provides a more homely and comfortable atmosphere than the rather sterile and cold-looking vinyl.
Parquet can be repaired and renovated in contrast to vinyl
Parquet floors, however, are not only convincing with their visual attractiveness and haptic advantages. On the contrary, parquet also has an extremely long service life. Because you can grind parquet floorboards several times if you are scratched or in need of renovation. However, this is of course always associated with a lot of effort and corresponding costs.
You can always choose between oiled or painted parquet floorboards or rods. Oiled parquet reduces apartment and kitchen odours or the smell of cigarettes. In an apartment, these odours are partially absorbed. Vinyl floors cannot offer this.
Parquet or vinyl: vinyl focuses on versatility
A vinyl floor, on the other hand, impresses above all with its versatility. Since the material as floor covering is quiet, foot-warm and suitable for wet rooms, a vinyl floor is a good solution for numerous rooms. Especially in kitchens and bathrooms, floors of this type are preferably laid.
You have to distinguish between vinyl coverings for bonding, for loose installation and with integrated kick system. A vinyl floor has a low construction height of sometimes not more than five millimeters. In addition, it can also be placed directly on existing or old coverings if required. In principle, you can process vinyl easily and cut it with a cutter knife as required. Therefore, vinyl is also well suited for renovations or renovations.
No naturalness: Vinyl is made of plastic
However, you should be aware that vinyl is an artificially produced material made of plastic. So if you don’t want to do without the naturalness and the natural connection of real wood parquet, you should leave the fingers of vinyl. However, there are also vinyl decorations that are modelled on natural wood. At least at first glance, the vinyl floor is no different from real wooden floorboards. With high-quality vinyl versions, both the wood grains and the natural wood structure are sometimes deceptively real.
The advantages of vinyl over parquet
- Vinyl is extremely durable and robust; it is designed for high stress.
- As a material, vinyl is water-repellent. Therefore, vinyl is also suitable for use in wet rooms.
- Vinyl is very quiet in the context of a multi-layered structure. The effectiveness of the impact sound insulation always depends on how many layers are present and how the nature of the layers is.
- Vinyl is comparatively easy and quick to clean and maintain. You can both suck the floor and wipe it wet. For people who are allergic to dust mites, for example, this flexibility in cleaning is of great advantage.
- Vinyl offers a wide range of décor in wood and tile look.
- Due to the low construction height, vinyl is better suited as parquet for underfloor heating. The heat passes through the material faster, which makes the heating phase shorter than with the parquet.
The advantages of parquet over vinyl
- Vinyl is not a natural product. Parquet, on the other hand, shines precisely through its naturalness.
- Parquet offers more atmosphere, cosiness and homeliness.
- Although a vinyl floor is extremely robust and therefore also durable, damage occurs, usually the entire flooring has to be renewed. There is hardly any way to renovate the soil or the damage. This is only possible for certain types of vinyl. On the other hand, you can grind down parquet or, for example, re-oil.
- With vinyl, always pay attention to the manufacturer and the country of production. Because there are plenty of questionable cheap goods from abroad outside the European Union (EU). Apart from the quality differences, the low-cost versions can still contain plasticizers that are harmful to health. German manufacturers, on the other hand, strictly comply with the corresponding control obligation and use only harmless ingredients. In the parquet area, these problems do not exist.
- Vinyl has another drawback compared to parquet. Although it has nothing to do directly with the laying of vinyl in one’s own home or in business premises, it should nevertheless be taken into account when it comes to the question of whether parquet or vinyl is the better solution individually. Vinyl has the shortcoming of environmentally harmful disposal. The material can finally be disposed of exclusively in incinerators.