Difference between parquet and floating flooring Which is better?

When remodeling our home it is likely that we face the dilemma of choosing between parquet and floating flooring, since both options are a viable way to place a beautiful and durable wooden floor. Next, we will give you some tips so you know which of them to choose.

What is parquet

Parquet is a type of floor made with wood that has a top layer, which usually reaches 2.5 millimeters thick. We can also define it as a pavement composed of several pieces of wood, which together can form different motifs or drawings.

You can find it in two presentations: solid, that is, composed of a single block of wood, or multilayer. Multilayer parquets are made up of three main elements: initial varnishing layers, a solid layer of wood, a core (formed by different resistant materials that give it stability) and a base made of sheet metal.

Both options are good, but you should keep in mind that multilayer parquet is cheaper because it is made up of other materials besides wood.

As a curious fact, parquet was used for the first time in the Palace of Versailles (hence its name in French) to replace marble floors, which were very difficult to maintain.

What is floating flooring?

A floating platform consists of a series of pavements made with wood that are not anchored to the support, that is, they are a floating installation that is not nailed to the ground. It is worth noting that the term “floating flooring” was initially used only for wooden floors, but today it is used to designate other facilities of different materials.

Floating pallets were designed as a more economical alternative to solid wood floors and are characterized by their easy installation; However, they are usually very sensitive to water. In addition, they are a much more recent creation than parquet, since they were devised around 1960.

The goal of a floating flooring is to leave the wood of better quality and appearance on top of the floor, while the structural function is relegated to cheaper or inferior quality materials.

Main differences between the two

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, so the final decision will depend on what best suits your tastes, needs and budget. To make it easier for you to choose, you can take into account the following differences:

1. Resistance

Both parquet and floating flooring can last for many years if you treat them with the necessary care, however, parquet is considered to be more resistant than flooring.

This happens because the inner core of the parquet is very solid, which allows it to absorb possible shocks (preventing them from being reflected on the surface). The floating deck can also absorb shocks, but its effectiveness will depend on the material with which it was made.

2. Price

The price difference is quite noticeable between these two options, since the quality of the parquet is superior. For example, parquet woods can be made with bamboo, ash or maple, which are somewhat expensive quality materials.

En cambio, la tarima flotante suele estar elaborada con maderas mucho más económicas, pero su precio puede variar dependiendo de los materiales que elijas.

3. Instalación

La tarima flotante es mucho más sencilla de instalar que el parquet, ya que se puede colocar sobre un suelo base sin necesidad de invertir mucho dinero en mano de obra. Por otro lado, para instalar el parquet se necesita hacer reformas.

4. Aspecto

Lo cierto es que ambas opciones presentan aspectos muy llamativos y elegantes, sin embargo, el parquet suele tener un efecto visual mucho más sofisticado. A pesar de esto, puedes hallar tarimas flotantes más económicas con acabados similares.

As you can see, both parquet and floating flooring have their pros and cons. Now that you know a little more about these types of soil, you can choose the option that best suits your needs.

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By Catharine Bwana