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Solid parquet: the 4 disadvantages to know

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Solid oak parquet 90. 39.99 euros / m2, Saint Maclou.

Saint Maclou

Solid wood flooring is considered the best type of parquet. It is resistant and offers a sound insulation and thermal performance. He nevertheless has some flaws ...

1. Solid wood flooring is expensive

Between 40 euros the m2 for a classic essence and 140 euros the m2 for the exotic essences.

If the solid wood flooring was sold rough planing; that is to say without finishing, it will be necessary to provide a budget for the protective finish (polishing, vitrification, oil).

However, a solid wood floor with a resistant wood species has a very long life if it is well maintained (at least 100 years).

2. The pose is complex

Solid parquet can be nailed or glued.

Nailed laying is long and complex. The blades are nailed to joists, which are fixed perpendicular to joists, or are glued to the floor. This pose requires the expertise of an expert handyman or a professional. If the floor is badly nailed to the joists (wooden beams), it may squeak and warp.

Glued laying stabilizes the ground better and limits squeaks.

3. Solid wood flooring requires maintenance and finish

Solid parquet is often sold rough planing and finishing, unlike laminate and laminate flooring that are usually treated and laminated at the factory.

· A glazer behaves like a varnish. He places a film on the floor which solidifies it on the surface and protects it. The appearance is less natural because the principle is that the more a vitrification provides a glossy appearance the better the protection is.

· A wax offers a natural-looking finish to solid wood flooring. The protection is less efficient and requires to repeat the application.

· The oil offers a superb finish. The appearance is dull and remains the most natural. Oiled solid wood flooring is the most used in Scandinavian decoration

4. Solid wood flooring is sensitive to temperature and humidity

Wood is a living material that remains sensitive to its environment. The differences in temperature can change its appearance with the consequence: retraction or expansion of the blades, squeaks and creaks. Wood in general does not withstand moisture, but exotic wood species such as teak are ideal for wet rooms.

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