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Parquet Flooring: Pros and Cons

May 16, 2020 by Maurie Backman

Your home's flooring says a lot about it, and flooring can serve as a nice contrast to furniture. You not only want your floors to look great but you also want them to be able to withstand a reasonable amount of wear and tear. As such, choosing your flooring isn't always the easiest of decisions.

If you're thinking of putting in parquet flooring, you may be wondering whether that's a good idea. Here, we'll review the pros and cons.

What is parquet flooring?

If you've ever seen a home with decorative wooden tile, you've seen parquet flooring. Though this style of flooring was extremely popular decades ago, many homes today continue to feature it. Parquet is a common choice for foyers and dining areas, and though it comes in different patterns, herringbone and mosaic are among the easiest to find.

Benefits of parquet flooring

There are several good reasons to consider parquet flooring in your home. First, it can be relatively affordable, provided you don't opt for the most expensive material. You can often find parquet flooring in laminate and wood veneer; both options are less costly than solid wood.

Secondly, parquet flooring can add aesthetic appeal to your home, and if there's a style you identify that you like, you can put your own stamp on your home's design. Solid wood flooring, by contrast, tends to look more cookie-cutter.

Parquet flooring is also relatively easy to maintain. You just need to avoid abrasive cleaners, as is the case with hardwood flooring.

Finally, parquet flooring is fairly durable. If you keep your floors clean and well-sealed, they can last for decades.

Drawbacks of parquet flooring

On the other hand, parquet flooring isn't always a perfect solution. For one thing, you may find that the look of it is somewhat dated. That could be a problem from an aesthetic standpoint, and also, from a resale perspective.

Parquet flooring, like wood, can also scratch under the right circumstances. As such, it's not a great choice for a playroom or rec area.

Parquet flooring is also highly susceptible to moisture damage, so you'll need to be careful when mopping spills on it. And it's not a good choice for homes located in areas with general high humidity.

Finally, while parquet is generally low maintenance, it's not no-maintenance. You'll still need to polish and seal your floors from time to time.

Is parquet flooring right for you?

If you like the look of parquet in general and find a pattern that catches your eye, it could be a great addition to your home. But before you settle on parquet, you may want to explore different flooring options and see which one you ultimately like best.

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