All about parquet flooring
One of the things that can make a parquet floor so pleasing to the eye is the existence of high contrast colours in the various patterns that are common features of this particular home decorating style. The ability to use such a variety of colours comes from the features of the woods that are chosen for a given parquet floor. Each type of wood, of course, has not only its own range of characteristic hues, but also a distinct range of grain patterns; both of these features contribute to the beauty and contrast that is inherent to a parquet floor.
Common woods used in parquetry
The most common woods used in parquet floors include walnut, oak, lime, cherry, maple and pine. Some parquet floors also make excellent use of more exotic and tropical hardwoods such as mahogany and ebony. While the common woods provide a great deal of potential contrast, most of them exhibit shades of brown as a primary palette. Tropical hardwoods, in contrast, may exhibit different hues entirely including colours that are distinctly red, black or even purple.
Installation, cleaning and maintenance considerations
In previous generations, it was common to use heated bitumen to adhere a parquet floor to the subfloor. These days, it is much more common to use a cold adhesive instead. In either case, the care and maintenance of parquet floors is the same. Such floors should be swept clear of debris on a frequent basis. When more thorough cleaning is needed, they can be mopped – but homeowners must be sure to not leave any standing water on the floor as wood can absorb it and swell.
Regular maintenance also includes parquet floor sanding, which is performed to remove a scratched and damaged top layer of the woods used.