Parquet flooring, or mosaic flooring, is a decorative style of flooring that uses geometric patterns of wooden blocks. In recent flooring trends, herringbone parquet flooring has performed strongly. However, there are a number of parquet flooring types. In the Southeast, homeowners might encounter herringbone (single, double or triple), as well as the chevron and finger block patterns.
What is Parquet Flooring?
While parquet can take a variety of forms, with triangles, squares and so on, some parquet patterns are more common in the Southeast. Firstly, the herringbone pattern which uses rectangular blocks. Often found in Edwardian and 1930s homes, a single-herringbone pattern is a regular period feature. However, double- and triple- herringbone can also be found in British homes. Next, the chevron pattern, which may be confused with herringbone at first glance. While chevron and herringbone share a zig-zag style, with chevron the joins meet at an angle rather than with rectangular edges. Lastly, five finger mosaic. Five finger parquet flooring is created by laying out ‘finger block parquet tiles’ five at a time. Popularised in the early-1900s, many homes in the Southeast feature this flooring type.
History of Parquet Flooring
The history of mosaic flooring is long and rich.’Parquetry’ comes from the Old French ‘parchet’ meaning small enclosed space. The classic early example of parquet floors are the ‘Parquet de Versailles’ which were laid in the Palace of Versailles in 1684. Since the 17th century, parquet floors have been used across a wide range of housing, from grand estates to the parquet floors found across Essex and the Southeast.
Advantages of Parquet Floors
Parquet floors feature as a recent trend in flooring. This is unsurprising as these floors can offer many advantages. Firstly, they are a highly sustainable option. For instance, many styles are crafted from solid blocks of hardwood. Therefore, parquet such as herringbone may be refurbished many more times than engineered or top-nailed hardwood flooring. Secondly, they are hard-wearing. Wooden floors tend to offer great longevity, which is one reason they are a wise choice for rental property flooring and busy families. Lastly, parquet is simply stunning. The gorgeous patterning provides a unique feature to your home, without sacrificing durability.
Parquet Floor Sanding Essex
Simply Sanding does more than just floor sanding Essex. Indeed, we sand and refurbish all kinds of wooden floors. This work includes repairing and replacing very damaged pieces. Moreover, we have the skills and experience to work with a range of parquet flooring. For over a decade we’ve installed and refurbished parquet floors in Essex, London and the Southeast.
Think your parquet floors are beyond repair? Think again! Simply Sanding can tackle terrible-looking floors and get great results. Want to see what your floors can be? Contact us for a free, no obligation quote.