At Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta, we’re dedicated to helping home and business owners alike in the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna areas stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in flooring trends. Today, our flooring experts are here to discuss a resurfacing hardwood trend that not only evokes centuries-old traditions but has the potential to reinvigorate the design of your space with a modern twist: parquet floors. Is it the right choice for your home? Our team shares a few pros and cons below.
What is Parquet?
Parquet refers to geometrical wood flooring arrangements made of small strips of hardwood. Similar to the idea of tile mosaics, parquet flooring can be laid in a variety of geometric patterns to add decorations and depth to your floors. Some of the most famous examples of parquet flooring can be found in the Palace of Versailles and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello residence, each giving their name to distinct parquet lay patterns. You may recognize parquet styles made popular in the 60’s and 70’s that created squares and basket weave patterns from small rectangular pieces. Today, popular lay patterns include herringbone and the more contemporary chevron.
One of the great things about parquet is your ability to create truly unique floors. Unlike other hardwood designs, such as wide plank or hand-scraped floors, parquet can be created from almost any hardwood species used for flooring. Depending on your design tastes, you’re even able to alternate wood species and include borders and inlays in your design. Because it’s hardwood, parquet flooring can be stained and finished to match your tastes.
Like other hardwood floors, parquet requires a certain amount of care and protection to prevent scratches and damage over time. Parquet patterns that incorporate smaller pieces of wood also require extra attention when placing furniture to avoid uneven pressure that can dislodge pieces of your floor. Parquet lay patterns tend to significantly increase the number of seams and joints between planks where dirt and debris can get trapped in small gaps or between uneven planks. Installation costs can also be higher due to the special attention to detail and planning required to create and properly install the floors. Luckily, our flooring experts are well versed in a full range of hardwood flooring styles including parquet, so you’ll have peace of mind and be able to appreciate the beauty of your new floors.
If you think parquet hardwood flooring is the design you’ve been looking for, get in touch with your local flooring specialists at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta. Schedule your free design consultation today and our knowledgeable Design Associate will bring our great selection of flooring samples right to you! Get started on your next flooring project today!
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