Once the decision has been made for a wooden floor, the question arises as to whether parquet or planks are more suitable.
In this case it is helpful to know the differences and the specific advantages. Each of the two floor coverings has certain advantages. In addition to the material and the special properties, the parquet prices or the cost of a plank floor also play a role.
What is called parquet?
Parquet is a rather smaller installation unit. The basic shape of the individual elements is usually rectangular, the elements are called bars. In addition to the rectangular format, there are special shapes that are suitable for exceptional and exclusive laying patterns.
Very common is strip parquet, for example with the dimensions 500 mm x 60-70 mm x 22 mm.
The bars are laid laterally offset in one direction. Another variant is the herringbone parquet, where the rods are arranged diagonally. Finally, the mosaic parquet is also known.
For this purpose, smaller and thinner wooden slats are glued onto a net during the production. Mosaic parquet is available with different laying patterns. Industrial parquet is produced similarly to mosaic parquet. Mosaic and industrial parquet are particularly resilient.
What is called floorboards?
Boards are laying units that are longer than one meter. Apart from these so-called short planks, there are also much longer planks.
In the classic production of wooden floorboards, a tree trunk is processed in its entire length. This produces floorboards with a length of several metres. In addition, floorboards are much wider than parquet elements.
A typical form are country house planks. The more rustic look is particularly emphasized by the integrated chamfer. Another visual feature: the special features of the wood come to the fore impressively. The colour nuances, small inclusions in the wood or natural irregularities emphasize the authentic appearance.
Which wooden floor is suitable for which room?
Whether parquet or floorboards are more suitable depends on the size of the room, the intended use and the style of furnishing. In addition, the personal taste of the residents always plays a role.
The basic rule is: Planks work best in large and spacious rooms.
The laying units can be very large if a generously sized room is to get a floor covering made of solid planks. Floorboards, which correspond to the entire length of the room, can have a length of three to six metres.
For example, a floorboard fits very well with an ambience in the Scandinavian look, if the room is large enough. Also to the purist style boards are a beautiful addition. If you want to equip a large room with a rural-rustic appearance with a suitable floor, you will find the right solution with floorboards.
Parquet is suitable for any room size. You can choose from many different patterns, and the large selection of wood species offers even more possibilities.
For the private living area, parquet is a beautiful and durable way to design the floor. Whether or not you can lay parquet yourself depends on your manual skills and the type of parquet. Do-it-yourselfers generally succeed in laying ready-made hardwood flooring in a floating manner. Gluing using parquet adhesive is usually more demanding.
If parquet is to be used for public buildings or commercial areas, small parquet laying units are ideal.
Mosaic parquet or industrial parquet offers advantages for such applications:
These types of parquet are robust and hard-wearing. If a renovation becomes necessary, individual elements can be replaced.
The cost of parquet or planks
If you want to buy floorboards or parquet, you should keep an eye not only on the purchase costs but also on the prices for the laying.
Basically, floorboards are more expensive compared to parquet, because larger parts of a tree are processed for this purpose. The production is more complex.
However, the type of wood always plays a role. You can have all the costs calculated in advance at specialist retailers and at a specialist company for floor laying.
But the decision for a high-quality floor covering made of wood also means
Higher costs for purchase and installation save a lot of money in the long run.
Because a good quality floor covering with parquet or planks has a very long life.
Renovation and renovation of a parquet or floorboard
If parquet and planks need renovation, this is best done using solid wood.
The floor can be sanded down and given a new surface treatment.
Replacing individual installation units is very difficult with planks very difficult, the result does not always meet expectations.
On the other hand, the situation is different for industrial parquet or mosaic parquet. Here, individual rods or blocks can be easily replaced. If you are looking for a wooden floor covering for heavily damaged surfaces, industrial or mosaic parquet makes a good choice.