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The color of your base

To find the right bar for your floor, it’s best to look at some patterns in direct comparison. The color plays a very important role in the selection. Thus, the skirting board can be selected e.g. in the color of the floor. In small rooms, however, this can quickly have a narrowing effect.

A skirting board in the color of the wall (usually white), on the other hand, makes a room look wider (more generous than any other option).

The shape of the skirting boards

The shape of the footboard is a far underestimated factor when it comes to the spatial effect. Both the “style” of your bar and the width of the bar can greatly change the spatial effect.

For example, everyone can immediately recognise the typical skirting boards used for laminate flooring in the low-cost sector. Such a skirting board should never be laid to a high-quality parquet floor.

Traditionally contrazy & no-frills

In most cases, people find traditional profiles, such as the ones described below (Berliner & Hamburger Profile) to be more suitable when it is a plank floor with a rustic effect. Modern floorboards or prefabricated parquet with chamfer / emphasis on the plank look, on the other hand, are usually provided with a simple, white skirting board.

Find the right skirting boards

When selecting the bars, it is important that the cover width is sufficient to cover the edge joint of the parquet. In the case of solid parquet, the edge joint may have been chosen relatively large as a preventive measure due to the swelling and shrinkage behaviour of the wood. In most cases, a width of at least 20 mm must be maintained. A width of just under 16 mm is usually sufficient for finished parquet.

The purpose of a skirting board

Skirting boards should usually cover the joint between the floor and the wall. For wood and laminate floors, this joint is usually up to 15mm – quite a lot. In addition, the skirting board should of course protect the wall from damage during parquet maintenance. It is not for nothing that the noble pieces used to be called “scrubbing bars”.

Massive or veneer skirting boards?

A distinction is also made between solid and veneered skirtings. Both are made of real wood, whereby the “veneer version” is somewhat cheaper due to the low hardwood content. Both variants can be either nailed or mounted with screws. Most skirting boards available as standard oak plinth and beech plinth variants. Always worth considering are aluminium skirtings and the variants listed below.

Possible shapes of your new skirting board

Below we have listed a short overview of the other possible skirting board profiles. Profiles such as the Berliner profile or the Hamburger profile appear to be of the highest quality. Both are available in natural colours as well as in white. The “Berliner” but also the “Hamburger” profile are completely different in their appearance from conventional bases.
In the past they were used in villas, castles and mansions.

Today, these “beautifully ornate” profiles can also be found in old apartments in city centres. The style is particularly suitable for wooden floors such as the plank pattern. Of course, we also have simple profiles in our program, which do not stand out optically and simply cover the edge joint.

Baseboards made of solid wood

The advantage of solid wood skirting boards is their natural appearance. Baseboards made of solid wood also contain once “wilder” areas of wood grain. Thus, a solid bar made of beech wood can also contain very dark stripes or even small branch holes. In contrast to veneered or even “foiled” skirting boards, the massive design also fits rustic floors, which by nature already seem more “uneasy”.

Why solid wood base should be screwed

However, a solid wood footboard tends to change its shape slightly. Just like any piece of wood, the solid skirting board changes its dimensions in the event of fluctuations in humidity. Therefore, they should always be mounted with plugs & screws. This requires a little more effort during assembly, but is the better solution in the long term.

Sockets made of MDF / HDF

The cheapest option is to buy MDF, HDF skirtings. These are pressed wood fibres, which are covered with a foil. Just like laminate floors, the film has the look of a wooden surface. Because only fibres and not whole wooden slats are required for production, this type of skirting board is particularly favourable.

Advantages of plinths & skirting boards made of MDF

]MDF sockets convince not only by their low price. Since they are not made of solid wood, they do not change their dimensions like solid wood. They can therefore be easily fixed with nails or wire pins in the wall. As they are also very flexible, they are also suitable for bridging or laminating slight unevenness in the soil. To do this, simply bend the groin over the floor shaft in question and fix it in the wall at the same time with nails.

Disadvantages of MDF skirting boards

The only known drawback of MDF strips is that the film can easily burst in case of damage. This occurs, for example, when the skirting board is fastened with nails and the hammer slips off. However, it can also happen in hindsight that, for example, a cat or other pets damage the groin with its claws.

MDF Laminate Skirting boards

MDF skirting boards actually come from the laminate manufacturing sector, as they are based on the same material. MDF laminate skirting boards can, however, also be used on parquet floors without hesitation. Only with very “wild” grades with many knots or stripes, the artificial grain of an MDF strip could look unsuitable. For example, if you decide on white bases, this problem does not occur.

Interesting facts about aluminium skirting boards

Aluminium (aluminium) skirting boards are often installed in representative buildings, e.g. bank houses, insurance companies, etc.

Alu footboards also fit perfectly with high-quality parquet floors or epoxy resin floors. The matte appearance of the aluminium strip harmonizes e.g. with the matt surface of an oiled walnut floor.

Important for the assembly of aluminium skirting boards

Alu skirting boards cannot be mounted like ordinary bases. Neither the screwing nor the assembly with nails is possible. Therefore, aluminium skirting boards are mounted with a special “underrail”. This is used for snapping the actual skirting board and is screwed onto the wall beforehand. Then you just click the bar on the rail. You also have to do things differently when cutting the aluminium strips. A special saw blade should be installed in the “cut/miter saw” so that clean cuts succeed and the saw blade does not become blunt. The substrate should also be particularly flat, as real aluminium is not so easy to bend. In old buildings, therefore, better attention should be paid to “hybrid” solutions.

The “Hybrid” – wooden base with aluminium optics

Alu skirting boards are available on wood as a kind of mixed product. This is a deceptively real replica of aluminium, which is pulled over a wooden base as a foil. The advantage: Both the assembly by means of nails/screws as well as the sawing with a normal wood saw blade are possible. In addition, the price is much more attractive than with “real” aluminium skirting boards.

Assemble skirting boards correctly

Because there are various possibilities for the assembly of skirting boards, which do not always have to be suitable in your case, we have described here the most well-known methods.

Mounting skirting boards screwed – Quick Start Guide

The screwed mounting of skirting boards is widely used and very popular, especially because of its durability. In the event of a renovation, the strips can be easily removed and, for example, reassembled without complications after painting. For this, the assembly is a little more complex than, for example, the attachment with nails.

First, the skirting board is cut to the right angle with a miter saw or “crosscut saw”. Then you mark the punch marks at regular intervals. The distance between the holes should always be about 50-60 cm. If too little distance is left, the optics are impaired – if one leaves too much distance, the skirting board is usually not uniform everywhere.

Mounting skirting boards with nails – Quick Start Guide

The much simpler method is the assembly with nails or “wire pins”. Here, after cutting, simply press the skirting board to the wall and put on a nail. The nail is now driven through the groin. One should set tighter distances than with the screwed assembly. A nail should be attached approximately every 20 cm.

If you are not yet so experienced with a hammer and nails, you can also simply place the groin on a hard surface and put all nails on already, or drive some milimeters into the skirting board. This makes the subsequent installation on the wall much easier, because the nail can no longer slip off.

Video: Attach skirting boards with nails

What exactly is a laminate cutter?

There are countless materials to buy in stores today, such as hardwood flooring laminate or vinyl flooring. These materials vary in many ways, not only in terms of resistance and material thickness, but also in shape and size.

It is therefore crucial for the craftsman to always have the right tool available: the best possible laminate cutter. We have put together a whole range of laminate cutters and parquet cutters for you. hand laminate cutters are available in different sizes, which are equipped with a lever.

The first devices of this type were extremely resistant, with them strong and very robust parquet could be worked, but also already laminate floors. Over time, new techniques and materials were developed, and subsequently new models of the hand-held parquet cutter. These are characterized by lower weight, technical innovation and easier handling.

With these new models, a wide variety of parquet floors can be cut comfortably:

  • Solid hardwood flooring,
  • Ready-made hardwood flooring,
  • Solid floorboards,
  • Mosaic parquet
  • or laminate, whatever its thickness or size.

Every hobby craftsman naturally wants to use a laminate cutter that works precisely and cleanly. To find a usable device, a laminate cutter test is therefore indispensable. There are two possible methods to reach this result. In one case the parquet is cut completely, in the other it is first cut and then split. You therefore have the choice between two different concepts for laminate cutters.

When dealing with both, the most important thing is to cut the laminate floor cleanly and accurately. Therefore, almost every model has a tape measure attached. This makes it possible to place the parquet in the cutting device exactly as you want to cut it. To work with a laminate cutter, some experience is also helpful, the first results may still be unsatisfactory or take longer than expected.

But with each cut laminate plank/vinyl plank/parquet rod, the work is faster and safer, and ultimately the quality of the work results will be more satisfactory.

What are the advantages of a laminate cutter?

These machines are partly operated manually and partly automatically, and they are designed to cut tiles from a wide range of materials. The aim is to enable parquet layers and other craftsmen who work on the floor to work as accurately as possible. In fact, it is usually advisable to work with a laminate cutter in addition to the usual tools such as chisels and spatulas.

Tile cutters or vinyl cutters can also be part of the floor laying equipment, if, for example, a new bathroom floor is to be laid.

Very often holes have to be drilled for pipe and cable laying or clearances have to be adjusted for obstacles such as heating pipes. Contributions will provide tips and share experiences in working with laminate cutters, so that interested parties can learn how these devices work and how best to work with them.

What kind of parquet do you buy for small rooms?

A small room appears more spacious if a light hardwood flooring is laid. However, the small room can also be deliberately designed with a kind of “cave character”, in which case dark wood species are also possible.

The laying pattern and the parquet type also have an influence on the appearance. Inconspicuous laying patterns are cheaper than small, uneven patterns.

Well suited are the laying techniques “English Association” and “ship floor“, which have a restrained appearance.

A checkerboard pattern is used to accentuate the floor, the pattern is a beautiful eye-catcher in a smaller room. However, you should make sure that the pattern is not too small, otherwise the room will look very restless.

If, on the other hand, you prefer a particularly quiet atmosphere with a generous effect, you can opt for planks or have another planks installed. The herringbone pattern is generally recommended for large rooms. But it can still fit if the furniture is economical to minimalist.

In what thickness do you buy parquet?

The thickness or thickness of the flooring is decisive for the durability. Depending on the intended use and budget, you can choose parquet of different thickness.

The height of the parquet is also important in determining how often the wood can be sanded.

Some clues:

  • Mosaic parquet has a thickness of eight to ten millimetres. It can be sanded four to five times g.
  • Strip parquet is available with a thickness of 14 to 23 millimetres. The planks can be sanded up to five times, and in some species up to seven times. This also applies to ship floor and similar floor boards.
  • With finished parquet it depends on whether it is a two-layer or three-layer parquet. Two-layer parquet has a thickness of 10 to 16 millimetres. With three-layer finished parquet the thickness is 10 to 25 millimetres.

Which parquet is robust?

Hardwood parquet is considered to be very robust. Well suited are the wood species oak and beech, but also exotic woods such as merbau are characterised by their hardness. Bamboo is extremely hard and accordingly resilient.

Just as important as the type of wood is the parquet type itself. Solid parquet is much more robust than multi-layer or finished parquet.

For special requirements, industrial parquet is suitable, which is almost indestructible. If the parquet is laid in the kitchen or in other rooms that are more humid, you should opt for a sealing with lacquer. In addition, gluing using parquet adhesive is always more robust than a floating installation.

Buy parquet with or without bevel?

A chamfer is a bevelled edge. The individual elements of a parquet floor are called planks. Either only the long sides of the plank can be chamfered, or all four sides, including the two front sides.

The chamfers are also named after this: There are long side chamfers and end side chamfers.

If all sides are chamfered, one speaks of a four-sided chamfer or V4 joint. If the bevel is only very slightly pronounced, it is a so-called micro bevel.

Bevelled planks give the laying pattern more structure.

The geometric character is more apparent. Elements with chamfers also have a practical use. This compensates for minimal unevenness in the transition to the next plank. The cleaning- and care properties of a parquet floor with bevel are very good.

What is the wear layer of parquet?

The top layer is the upper part which can be sanded down and resealed in the case of a renovation/renovation.

The wear layer should be at least 3 to 6 millimetres for finished parquet (e.g. ship floor). During a sanding process it also depends on the type of wood how much sanding is done. With hardwood the wood removal is lower, so the parquet can be sanded more often than softwood.

With veneered parquet the wear layer is very thin and therefore not very robust. Sanding is not possible with this type of parquet. For this reason, you should use a office chair underlay especially in places subject to heavy loads, such as office chairs.

parquet floors are fully in line with the trend in Germany.

This can be seen not least in the offers of the parquet manufacturers. The focus is increasingly on exclusive and individual types of parquet and flooring, which above all rely on the original character of the wood.

A natural surface finish and new interpretations of well-known classics – such as the traditional herringbone parquet – are the trends of the hour for the parquet types.

Overview of the most popular types of parquet

Prefabricated parquet floorboards

Landhaus floorboards are usually made of solid wood.

Alternatively, they are also available as multi-layer planks. Country house floorboards in the form of a 3-layer parquet are sold a lot and are an excellent alternative to “real” solid wood floorboards.

This type of parquet is cheaper. In addition, you save a lot of time thanks to the final treatment already carried out. In addition, the three-layer structure reduces the work of the wood. Only rarely do joints occur between the individual planks joints; and if they do, then only to a very small extent

Popular parquet types: Plank
Popular parquet types: Plank

Solid floorboards

This type of parquet is one of the oldest and most traditional types of wooden floor used in buildings.

Modern solid wood planks – for example made of oak, pine or larch – give a wooden floor a natural character.

As a rule, this type of parquet is laid raw and then sanded down before the surface is treated, for example, with floor oil, wax or parquet lacquer.

In the specialised trade, however, “finished” solid parquet is also available, which has an already applied surface treatment.

Types of parquet: Solid flooring
Types of parquet: Solid flooring

Ship floor planks

Floorboards of this type give your premises a robust look and conjure up a touch of nostalgia in your own home.

ship flooring planks spread a natural comfort and promote an attractive living ambience.

Typically, the ship’s floor boards are arranged irregularly and staggered, whereby three bars placed next to each other always characterize the ship’s floor structure.

Here you can choose between numerous types of wood – such as beech, oak, cherry, birch, ash or walnut.

Popular parquet types: Ship's floor
Popular parquet types: Ship’s floor

mosaic parquet, parallel connection

The name is virtually the program here.

The lamellas always run parallel to each other. This gives the whole room a uniform, symmetrical and calm atmosphere.

Regardless of the wood used, the parallel bracing appears very geometric and orderly.

The mosaic parquet itself consists of thin and small wooden lamellas, which usually have a thickness of eight millimetres and edge lengths of twelve to 16 centimetres. Thanks to its low construction height, the mosaic parquet is ideally suited for laying over a underfloor heating system, because there is hardly any obstruction to the heat transfer.

Popular parquet types: mosaic parquet, parallel bond
Popular parquet types: mosaic parquet, parallel bond

mosaic parquet, English association

This is a type of hardwood flooring where the individual wooden lamellas are laid in the so called English bond.

They lie parallel to each other, but are offset by half of the plank bar. Thus the mosaic parquet always appears calm and visually harmonious. In addition, the mosaic parquet sets rustic accents and spreads a pleasant atmosphere.

Parquet type: Mosaic parquet, English association
Parquet type: Mosaic parquet, English association

Industrial parquet

This type of parquet is also known as upright lamella parquet.

The individual solid wood slats are extremely hard and resistant. This extreme robustness then also ensures a long service life.

But the industrial hardwood flooring with its upright lamellas can also score points in terms of design and appearance.

Architects all over Germany use the special laying optics and lay industrial parquet in commercial and public buildings as well as in modern residential projects.

The lamellae have a width of eight millimetres and a thickness of ten to 22 millimetres.

Industrial parquet is a by-product from the production of mosaic parquet. The slats from the mosaic parquet production are simply arranged upright. This results in the similar product dimensions.

Popular parquet type: Industrial parquet (vertical lamellas)
Popular parquet type: Industrial parquet (vertical lamellas)

Classic herringbone parquet

With the fishbone hardwood flooring thus designated, comparatively thin strips are laid at an angle (90 degrees).

Due to the special arrangement a good stress distribution can be guaranteed. The individual parquet strips for this type of laying are available both solid and in three layers, and can even be ordered with a surrounding fibre.

The method of laying is strongly reminiscent of the fishbones of a fish. Visually, the effect of the light incidence is particularly attractive.

The wood shimmers – depending on the angle of incidence – in different brightness levels.

Popular parquet type: Herringbone parquet
Popular parquet type: Herringbone parquet

French herringbone parquet

The French herringbone parquet, like the classic version, offers a laying pattern with an optically interesting play of light.

However, there is a special feature of this type of parquet: the individual parquet strips are bevelled on both sides by 30°, 45° or 52.5° and then lined up next to each other.

A continuous head joint runs between the respective braid rows in this special herringbone parquet.

Popular parquet type: French herringbone
Popular parquet type: French herringbone

Lamp parquet

There are small, large and so-called maxi-lamp parquet elements. Due to the low installation height, the Lamparkett is often used for renovations.

The individual bars are always glued to the substrate with parquet adhesive.

With the Parquet tapis – these are particularly large lamp parquet elements – the individual elements are nailed as well as glued.

The admissibility of the respective wood for this type of parquet must comply with the standards of DIN EN 13227 (tables one to six).

For example, the wood used must not show any cracks and the ratio of bar width to bar thickness must not fall below certain limit values. This is to ensure the dimensional stability of lamp parquet.

strip parquet

This type of parquet is characterised above all by extreme stability and durability.

This is a solid hardwood flooring with classic dimensions. Strip parquet is generally regarded as a traditional classic among parquet types.

In addition, the strip parquet is extremely versatile and can be laid in a wide variety of patterns to suit almost any style of interior design.

The individual bars are preferably 10 to 22 millimetres thick and around 60 to 100 millimetres wide.

The rod length varies according to individual taste.

Popular parquet types: strip parquet
Popular parquet types: strip parquet

Parquet types: Rough differentiation between solid and multilayer parquet

Basically, parquet is available – roughly speaking – in two different types of parquet: as solid parquet or as multi-layer parquet.

The first variant is made from a continuous and solid piece of wood. This variant can then be further subdivided into special types of parquet, such as industrial parquet, mosaic parquet or strip parquet.

If you want to lay such a hardwood flooring , you must always glue it over its entire surface and only then sand it down afterwards.

Laying is therefore rather difficult for laymen. In this case, it is recommended to commission a specialist to lay the parquet.

Many types of parquet are directly available as finished parquet

If, on the other hand, you want to lay planks , which are designed as multi-layer parquet, this is comparatively easier.

This is because parquet types from this group have already been sanded in advance by the parquet manufacturer.

Also the surface of the individual elements is usually already treated.

This is why these types of parquet are also known as finished parquet. In terms of structure, two to three layers of wood are firmly glued together for the respective parquet types, with only the visible layer consisting of the higher quality hardwood.

Parquet types in multi-layer construction can be laid via click connections

The top layer often covers large areas, as is the case with parquet types such as country house floorboards or industrial parquet.

Alternatively, the top layer can also be composed of individual bars.

This can be observed, for example, especially with parquet types such as the ship floor parquet. All types of parquet with multi-layer construction can usually be laid quickly and easily with the appropriate click connections.

Solid wood parquet types are more resistant and durable

Types of parquet made of solid wood are generally much more robust and durable.

This is due to the much thicker layer of wood, which on the one hand is extremely resistant and resilient and on the other hand can be renovated much more often than parquet types with thinner multi-layer construction.

An example illustrates this. Multi-layer parquet types preferably have wear layers of about 2.5 millimetres thickness. Since a sanding process alone removes 0.5 millimetres of wood, the respective types of parquet can therefore only be processed two to three times with the sanding machine at most.

The prices often differ considerably

The parquet prices vary depending on the production method and quality.

Click- or finished parquet types are usually much cheaper than solid wood parquet types. If you want to buy solid parquet and have a rather small budget available, you should take a close look at the industrial parquet designated in this way. Compared to other types of solid wood parquet this is usually cheaper.

When fitting out the interior of an apartment or house, but also during renovation work, the question of the right floor covering always arises.

The decision is usually made between hardwood flooring and carpeting, especially when it comes to living room, bedroom and children’s room.

Both floor coverings have specific advantages, but the respective disadvantages must also be taken into account.

In addition, the choice of soil will be permanent for years to come. It is therefore important to choose a floor covering with which one is still satisfied even after a long time.

Basic questions as to whether parquet or carpet is the better choice

Personal taste is usually paramount. Other considerations also play a role:

  • What budget is available? parquet prices are often higher than the price of a carpet.
  • How durable is the flooring?
  • How easy to maintain is the floor, can it be thoroughly cleaned or even renovated if necessary?
  • Is it possible to lay parquet by yourself or do you need professional help?
  • Is parquet or carpet more practical?
  • Is the floor warm and comfortable, what is the footfall sound insulation?
  • What is the condition of the substrate, is there possibly a underfloor heating? Sometimes an old floor covering must be removed before you can lay planks.

The main advantages of parquet over carpet

Wood is a natural material that has a positive effect on the living climate. In addition, floorboards and parquet are available in countless variations. This allows you to create a room design as you wish.

A noble, exclusive and elegant floor covering is just as possible as a more rustic look. Depending on which type of wood you choose when buying parquet, the floor is very durable and robust.

The following advantages can be seen in detail if the choice between parquet or carpet is to be made:

The optical effect of parquet is usually more noble than that of a carpet.

There are indeed very high-quality carpets, but a parquet floor convinces already at first sight.

Depending on the type of wood or parquet type chosen and the surface treatment, parquet is suitable as a complement to classic or modern furnishings.

Parquet is flexible in design: such a floor fits the Scandinavian style as well as an ambience in a rural look.

Parquet has an extremely good influence on the room climate.

The material can absorb odours and neutralise them over time. A wooden floor feels moderately warm, but is naturally harder than a carpet.

The cleaning is simple and problem-free. Depending on the surface treatment, parquet can be cleaned with the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner.

When cleaning the wet, care must be taken to ensure that the floor cloth is only fog-moist. Afterwards, however, the floor is spotlessly clean again.

In comparison between parquet or carpet, parquet performs better in terms of cleaning results. For allergy sufferers, a parquet floor covering good is suitable.

The maintenance effort is relatively low. Surface treatment plays a role here again: Oiled and waxed parquet needs good surface care every now and then.

In the case of a sealed or lacquered parquet , the lacquer only needs to be renewed when renovating.

If a fundamental renovation of the floor covering is necessary, this is much more successful with a parquet floor.

Parquet can be sanded down several times and resealed. Even if the appearance no longer appeals to you, the parquet can be coloured during renovation. In this way, the visual effect can be adapted to the furnishings as desired.

Both coverings should be protected with a floor protection mat in stressed areas, e.g. under desks.

The main advantages of carpet over parquet

An important criterion in the decision between parquet or carpet is the measures taken during installation.

A carpet floor has a lower installation height than a parquet floor. This means: When renovating or new laying with parquet adhesive, neither doors nor door frames need to be shortened. A thicker parquet floor, on the other hand, requires that doors and frames be adapted must.

The foot feeling is very pleasant with a carpeted floor. The floor covering feels comfortable and soft.

If you still prefer parquet, you can choose a good solution: The flooring consists of parquet, on top of which lies a decorative carpet.

Carpets also have a positive influence on the indoor climate. However, this is only the case if they are genuine natural fibres such as sisal or goat hair (Tredford) carpets, wool or coconut. Synthetic fibres at best cause unpleasant odours over the years, for example when house dust mites and the like settle in the carpet.

Cleaning a carpet is relatively easy. Dust, lint or animal hair can be easily removed with the vacuum cleaner.

The stain removal is more problematic, here it depends on the material. Deep cleaning is possible, but after a few passes the carpet will no longer have its original purity and colour intensity. The more often intensive cleaning is carried out, the faster the carpet becomes dirty.

When a renovation is due, carpet is easier to remove than parquet . For the removal of glued parquet, the use of heavy machinery is necessary.

A carpet that is only fixed with double tape can be removed very easily. A fully glued carpet can be cut into strips and torn off by hand. Adhesive residues can be sanded off with a single disc machine.

parquet or tiles? When it comes to the floor covering in an apartment, the decision is often made between these two variants, depending on the room use.

Whether tiles or parquet is the better choice depends on subjective preferences, the spatial conditions and the respective material properties.

If you want to buy parquet, you should always keep the different variants in mind. Because here there are sometimes striking differences in quality.

Large price differences between parquet and tiles

There are sometimes considerable differences in prices, although the difference is of course always dependent on the quality. Tiles or parquet – that is not even the decisive point with regard to price differences. Instead, it is a decisive point for which parquet type you ultimately decide.

Parquet or tiles: Solid parquet costs between 40 and 200 euros per square meter

While you can get inexpensive multi-layer parquet in some cases for prices between ten and 15 euros per square metre, high-quality two- or three-layer parquet already costs around 30 to 50 euros per square metre.

The prices for real wood or solid parquet, on the other hand, start at around 40 euros per square metre. Depending on parquet type, wood species and parquet manufacturer the prices for solid parquet will increase. Thus, there are also variants in this area for which you have to invest up to 150 or even 200 Euro per square meter.

Tiles or parquet: prices for floor tiles vary between 25 and 80 euros per square meter

On the other hand, anyone interested in tiles will not be able to avoid porcelain stoneware with this designation.

These are ceramic tiles that offer extremely low water absorption.

As a rule, floor tiles are laid unglazed, although glazed and polished versions are also available from specialist dealers.

The respective prices vary depending on the quality. Thus, porcelain stoneware tiles with an appealing quality are already available from around 25 to 30 euros per square metre.

Especially high-quality floor tiles, which feature special surface designs and extraordinary designs, can also cost up to 80 euros per square meter.

Parquet or tiles: The cost-benefit ratio of parquet

However, the prices of tiles and parquet must always be considered in the context of the benefits.

Real wood or solid wood parquet has an extremely long service life. Because this type of parquet can be sanded several times, depending on the thickness of the lamellas.

However, this very good service life should not be underestimated in comparison to the cost of sanding down wear marks and the cost of new parquet sealing . As a rule, solid wood parquet is sanded every 15 years.

If you have installed multi-layer parquet instead, you can expect a comparatively limited service life of 15 to a maximum of 20 years. Depending on the thickness of the wear layer, multi-layer variants can often only be ground once, but at most twice .

Tiles or parquet: the cost-benefit ratio of floor tiles

If you choose high-quality tiles, you can expect a service life of around 60 years.

Tiles of this type usually have a high degree of hardness. The lower this hardness is, the more the shelf life shrinks.

In principle, however, tiles are always maintenance-free; there are therefore no renewal costs over the course of their service life no renewal costs.

With cheaper floor tiles, however, visible signs of wear are also produced, which is due to the lower degree of hardness.

Tiles or parquet – the essential comparison criteria

Even if, in addition to the price criterion, the subjective approach or one’s own perception is always important, there are important factors that can be objectively compared.

This gives you a valuable decision-making aid at any time for the question “parquet or tiles“:

1. Atmosphere and comfort

Basically, there are no two opinions here, whether parquet or tiles seem more comfortable and atmospheric. The parquet is clearly advantaged by the subtle structure, the comparatively soft surface and the flattering wood shades. Parquet creates comfort and atmosphere.

2. Naturalness and individuality

Parquet is manufactured industrially just like tiles. Nevertheless, wooden parquet is still a piece of nature. A natural look is given. Virtually every single parquet rod has an individual optical character. Tiles are available in many different colour variations and with different surfaces, but the naturalness and individuality of wood is missing here. Tiles often look sterile and underline a rather cool atmosphere.

3. Degree of hardness and resistance

Different types of wood are used for hardwood flooring. Some woods such as pine, larch, chestnut, spruce or alder are soft woods, while oak, robinia and scupira are hardwoods. Scratch marks are therefore also quickly visible on soft woods. It is enough if you have small stones in the apartment unintentionally stuck under your shoes and scratch them while walking over the hardwood flooring. Tiles, on the other hand, generally have a high degree of hardness and are therefore generally more hard-wearing and resistant than parquet.

4. Visibility of joints

When deciding whether parquet or tiles are the better choice, the subject of joints also plays an important role. For tiles, joints of about two to three millimetres are necessary. With parquet floors, joints are avoided for the time being by the laying technique or by the construction. In the winter months the picture changes and visible joints are formed between the individual laying units. This is due to the low air humidity in winter: the parquet or wood shrinks. Dirt often penetrates into these joints and is sometimes difficult to remove. A underfloor heating further intensifies this effect with parquet.

5. Color changes over time

Parquet flooring can change colour after a certain period of time – for example due to sunlight. Thus, over time, the parquet wood usually becomes darker, in some cases also lighter. Example light oak: the colouring becomes darker and darker over time and tends towards yellow. Tiles do not change their colour. The colour fastness is therefore maintained.

6. Cleaning and care

In order to preserve the optical speciality of parquet over a long period of time, the surface should be regularly treated with care oils and cleaning soaps or cleaned. tiles do not require such maintenance. Stains or dirt can be easily removed with a damp cloth.

But for this (oiled) parquet partially absorbs odours – a service that tiles unfortunately cannot offer 🙂

Tiles or parquet – the respective advantages at a glance

The benefits of parquet over tiles

  • Parquet floors create comfort and atmosphere. In addition, parquet feels really warm right from the first skin contact, which makes underfloor heating virtually unnecessary. Tiles, on the other hand, are cold. They appear sterile and do not create any special cosiness.
  • Parquet can be renovated several times, depending on the wood quality. This is not possible for tiles (only marble and granite can be reworked).
  • The walking sound or impact sound is well insulated by the parquet just like the general room sound. This is especially the case if the parquet has been glued with parquet adhesive. Tiles tend to amplify the reverberation and also transmit sounds when walking more than parquet.
  • oiled parquet can partially absorb odours. This applies both to kitchen odours and, for example, also to the smell of cigarette smoke.

The advantages of tiles over parquet

  • Tiles have a greater degree of hardness. They are therefore more robust and less sensitive to scratches.
  • Parquet flooring must be protected at heavily loaded areas with a floor protection mat.
  • Tiles do not require any special care and are also easy to clean. Parquet, on the other hand, must be regularly machined with special cleaning agents.
  • Even if tiles feel cold when in contact with the skin, they conduct heat much better than parquet. As a result, floor tiles are the best flooring for underfloor heating.
  • wood works, stone and ceramic tiles do not. In winter, joints sometimes form between the individual rods or planks during the parquet. This does not happen with tiles.

If a renovation is pending or a new house has to be fitted out, sooner or later the question of the right floor covering will always come into focus.

The range of floor coverings is large. Parquet flooring in particular, as well as vinyl, are at the very top of the popularity scale here. Whether parquet or vinyl flooring is the better solution depends on the circumstances and personal preferences.

There are essential distinguishing features and pre– or disadvantages which you should consider when making your decision.

Solid wood floorboards are a must for nature lovers

Especially if you decide on solid wood parquet, you get a product with a very high value.

Because parquet of this type consists exclusively of real wood. Therefore, parquet made of solid woods is virtually 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 warm to the feet. In comparison to tiles or to the laminate, this is also quite true. 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. In fact, parquet also has an extremely long life span.

Because you can sand down parquet floorboards several times if they are scratched or in need of renovation. However, this is of course always associated with a lot of effort and corresponding costs. In addition, it is more difficult to replace individual laying units in the case of parquet. This is particularly the case if parquet has been glued with parquet adhesive.

You can basically choose between oiled or lacquered parquet floorboards or strips.

oiled parquet reduces residential and kitchen odours or the smoking odour 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, is particularly impressive because of its versatility. Since the material is quiet, warm to the feet and suitable for damp rooms, a vinyl floor is a good solution for many rooms. Especially in kitchens and bathrooms, floors of this type are preferably laid.

A distinction must be made between vinyl coverings for gluing, for loose laying and with integrated kick system.

A vinyl floor has only a low construction height of sometimes not more than five millimetres.

In addition, it can also be placed directly on existing or old coverings if required. Vinyl can be easily processed and cut to size with a cutter knife.

Therefore vinyl is also well suited for renovation or refurbishment.

No naturalness: Vinyl is made of plastic

You should, however, be aware that vinyl is an artificial material that is made of plastic.

So anyone who does not want to do without the naturalness and closeness to nature of real wood parquet should keep their hands off vinyl.

However, there are also vinyl decors that are based on natural wood types.

At least at first glance, the vinyl floor cannot be distinguished from real wood planks.

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.
  • Even the basic composition of vinyl is extremely low-noise within the framework of a multi-layer structure. The effectiveness of the impact sound insulation always depends on how many layers are present and the nature of the layers.
  • Vinyl can be cleaned comparatively easily and quickly cleaned and maintained. You can vacuum the floor as well as wipe it wet. For people who are, for example, allergic to house dust mites allergic, this flexibility in cleaning is of great advantage.
  • Vinyl offers you a wide range of decors in wood look and tile look.
  • Due to its low installation height, vinyl is better suited for underfloor heating than parquet. The heat passes through the material more quickly, which means that the heating phase is shorter than for 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 durable, if damage does occur, the entire floor covering usually has to be replaced. There is hardly any possibility to renovate the floor or the damage. This is only possible with certain types of vinyl. Parquet flooring, on the other hand, can be sanded down or, for example, re-oiled.
  • For vinyl, always pay attention to the manufacturer and the country of production. Because there are plenty of questionable cheap goods from outside the European Union (EU). Apart from the differences in quality, the cheap variants may still contain plasticizers that are hazardous to health. German manufacturers, on the other hand, adhere strictly to the corresponding control obligation and use only harmless ingredients. These problems do not exist in the parquet sector.
  • Vinyl still has a disadvantage compared to parquet. Although this has nothing directly to do with the laying of vinyl in your own home or even 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 for the individual. Because vinyl has the shortcoming of being disposed of in an environmentally harmful way. The material can finally be disposed of exclusively in incinerators.

The floor covering plays an important role in interior design. Both the appearance and the practical features should match the function of the respective room. There is a wide range of options to choose from. parquet and laminate are particularly convincing because of the large selection of surface designs.

While parquet is made of real wood, laminate is made of plastics.

The surface can be deceptively similar to real wood.

However, laminate is also available in many other design variants, so that it can be used to imitate a tiled floor, for example.

But which floor covering is the right one when it comes to living spaces and wet rooms? Is parquet or laminate flooring better suited for furnishing business premises? For the decision “parquet or laminate” it is important to know the differences and special properties as precisely as possible.

What is laminate made of? Interesting facts about material and production of laminate

Laminate, the short name for laminate flooring, is a composite material based on plastic.

These are thermosetting plastics, i.e. plastics that cannot be deformed after curing.

Several layers make a resistant floor covering. The decor can be designed in almost any desired look. Laminate flooring with a wood look is a frequent occurrence.

The top layer is a protective layer consisting of a thin paper soaked with a melamine adhesive.

Underneath is the decorative paper that gives the laminate its appearance.

The lower layers are applied to a carrier plate and firmly bonded.

The carrier board is a particle board, either MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) or HDF (High Density Fibreboard).

The bottom layer is a backing layer of paper or plastic to prevent deformation.

The thickness of a finished laminate board depends on the number of layers and the thickness of the carrier board.

Laminate floors are available in different qualities. Basically, laminate is versatile.

In order to find the right laminate for a particular application, it is helpful to divide the material into load classes.

The higher the load class, the more resilient the laminate flooring is.

Laminate or hardwood flooring: the main differences

The main difference between laminate and parquet is the basic material.

Laminate is made of plastic, while parquet is always made of pure wood.

This distinction has an impact on the usage properties.

Parquet is – besides many other good properties – extremely durable.

High-quality laminate also has a long service life. However, if a laminate floor is replaced, the question of disposal arises.

While wood poses no problems, plastics are difficult to dispose of. Anyone wanting to buy laminate or parquet should also think about sustainability and disposal.

The decision to use laminate as a floor covering can still be the right one. The durability of a high-quality laminate floor with a high stress class makes the flooring ideal for commercial areas.

Cheaper laminate variants are the optimal choice for furnishing a rental apartment.

What advantages does parquet have over laminate?

Parquet is sustainable and durable.

This advantage is particularly evident in the fact that a parquet floor can be renovated very well.

Scratches and dents in the laminate flooring are permanent, parquet forgives damage with its good renovability.

Even after prolonged use with visible signs of wear, a parquet floor can be sanded down and resealed or oiled, which is not possible with laminate.

Anyone who attaches great importance to an authentic look will make a decision with a parquet floor:

Traces of use do not necessarily have to be disturbing, but they do give the real wood flooring character.

Wood has a warm appearance. Laminate can imitate this effect purely optically, but the floor itself is cold.

Parquet on the other hand always feels pleasant. A parquet floor is warm to the feet. A floor covering made of real wood has a positive effect on the room atmosphere.

The indoor climate clearly benefits when the floor is made of pure wood. Oiled parquet floors in particular can even absorb odours from the room air due to their breathable surface.

Wood is a renewable resource. With parquet that comes from sustainable forestry, every builder makes a significant contribution to the protection of the environment.

Moreover, wood is unique. It is possible to imitate a special grain in a laminate floor. In a direct comparison parquet or laminate, however, wood as an original cuts better off.

Parquet or laminate flooring: For which applications is laminate better?

Laminate flooring is very suitable if the rental apartment is to be given a new floor covering.

The good value for money speaks for itself, because laminate is cheaper than parquet.

The prices for parquet are higher, but the quality also speaks for this.

Laying laminate is quick and easy – do-it-yourselfers also get on well with laminate.

Laminate is, however, not suitable for damp rooms, e.g. the bathroom or laundry room. Moisture causes laminate irreversible deformation.

Laminate is well suited for heavily used areas in commercial properties. The hard-wearing floor covering fits in department stores and smaller shops, in hotels and restaurants.

Laminate flooring also makes sense in offices and administrative buildings as well as in social facilities, for example in a day-care centre for children or a retirement home. However, especially in offices, both parquet and laminate should be protected with an office chair underlay.

For which areas should you choose parquet instead of laminate?

Whether parquet or laminate makes more sense depends on the area of application, but also on your own expectations.

Parquet has a noble aura. A parquet floor is of high quality, and accordingly it is also very effective in demanding areas.

In the house and in the apartment parquet is suitable for all areas. Parquet flooring not only fits in the living room, bedroom and children’s room, but also in the kitchen and can even be laid in the bathroom. A floor made of real wood is a perfect match for a healthy lifestyle.

Anyone who has planks laid can count on a high-quality, sustainable floor covering.

In commercial areas, parquet is always the right choice when it is a elevated ambience.

The small, fine boutique, the cosy café or the elegant lounge area of a hotel receive a pleasant and harmonious overall effect with a high-quality parquet floor.

Parquet flooring also makes an excellent impression in a law firm, in a stylish office or on the executive floor.

The differences in laying: How to lay parquet or laminate

For the laying of hardwood flooring the skills of a specialist are required.

For parquet there are options, it can be glued with parquet adhesive or laid as a floating installation.

This alternative does not exist for laminate, where a floating installation is always necessary. Laminate works hard and must be exposed. The advantage is the quick installation, the disadvantage is the higher impact sound.

What is better suited for underfloor heating, parquet or laminate?

For underfloor heating, a glued floor is much better due to the higher heat transmission.

Since laminate must not be glued, parquet is the right choice for underfloor heating.