Parquet flooring is made of wood panels that are stuck on the floor using glue. It is an attractive way to do your floors and it is long lasting. Hardwood is often used and then it is fixed in a mosaic pattern. The patterns come in a wide variety such as baroque, herringbone and block patterns. All these can be made to look two dimensional or three dimensional. The floor is stained or varnished to achieve a desired shade and also to prolong the life of the floor especially for the varnish as it forms a protective layer over the wood.
There are different options for parquet flooring such as hardwood flooring such as teak, oak and walnut. These types of hardwoods are rich in color and they last long. Cheaper alternatives of the hardwood floors are curved or irregularly boards are cheaper but they take a lot of time to install properly because of the irregularities. The cheapest alternative for this type of flooring is parquet laminates which is made of faux wood planks panels that are put on a base which is then stuck on the floor using a plastic protective coating that is applied on the base and floor. Heat is then applied so that it the floor and base can be thoroughly bonded together.
Parquet Wood Flooring
Veneer parquet is another cheaper alternative to hardwood parquet and this type of parquet is made of solid wood that is often three to five millimeters in thickness which is then glued onto another material such as plywood. This is then fixed onto the floor. With this type of flooring, you can sand it over time because the top is wooden. Parquet wood flooring is easy to install and it lasts long since you will be able to sand it and re-varnish it when t looks old and worn out. These processes will make your floor look as good as new.
Refinishing Parquet Flooring
The process of refinishing parquet flooring is not difficult. You will begin by re-sanding the floor so that the topmost layer which is worn out will be removed. It is best to use a small sander as opposed to a large one so that you are able to control it and sand your floor according to the various wooden grains. You will need to keep changing the sandpaper grit so that your floor ends up smooth and it will look shiny. This process can be time consuming especially if you want your floor to look perfect. Alternatively, you can use chemicals to strip your floor of the top layer. After you are finished, clean the floor and look for any holes or uneven areas. You can use wood filler for small holes and cracks. Bleach the floor so that it is thoroughly clean and there are no residual stains.
Clean the floor again and ensure it is dry. If you are applying a stain, then you can do it then. After the stain is dry, apply at least two or three coats of