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Which parquet to choose?

Solid or laminated flooring, floating installation, glued laying ... Our advice for choosing your parquet.


Solid or laminated flooring, floating installation, glued laying ... Our advice for choosing your parquet.

It's a fact: the French love oak. Because it evokes the splendor of the castles and the bourgeois apartments of Baron Haussmann. More surely because it is noble, beautiful, resistant and produced locally. It represents 60% of sales, while exotic species, very trendy a few years ago, today make up only 4% of the market.

Natural but weathered parquet

The oak adapts to all interiors: from the most classic, when it is multifriter (narrow blades aspect), to the most current, when, in wide blades oiled, it sports its beautiful clear original color. Because it is "natural" that it is now preferred, even tinged with white or gray, but with character: marked veining, apparent knots, brushed finish and aged look obtained by "breaking" the edges of the blades. Although vitrification remains the flagship protection, the oil progresses significantly. Very matt, it preserves the appearance of wood and does not require, unlike vitrification, sanding before application or renovation.

Solid or engineered parquet?

Although the differences are notable between a solid parquet and a laminate, it is the aesthetic aspect that now guides the choice. Side pose, everything is (almost) possible: the solid as the laminated accept a glued, even floating ("Conceptium Silence" Partreterie Berrichonne, sold at Lapeyre, is a solid designed for). Even the prices come together: a quality laminate, whose noble wood layer is more than 3 mm thick, is almost at the price of the massif.

Floating installation, easy installation

The laminated parquet consists of a thick wood or wear layer (2.5 to 6 mm) bonded to a chipboard with a layer of softwood on the underside to ensure stability. the blade. It is this stability which, combined with an assembly system without glue (clips), allows a floating installation.
Because it is simple and quick to implement, this technique is the most used, despite the phenomenon of resonance walking it causes. Inherent in all "floating" soils, including laminates, this phenomenon is however limited by the integration of an acoustic sub-layer, provided that it is of quality. The higher the thickness of noble wood, the more expensive the floor, but it can also be sanded more often (vitrification).

The comfort of the glued pose

Even perfectly dry, the wood remains "alive" and likely to play. This is why the floating installation is not suitable, except specific adaptation, with solid parquet floors. Each piece of wood must be fixed, which is done by nailing in the context of a laying on joists (blades of at least 20 mm thick) or by gluing. In general, one sticks only thin solid parquet (10 to 15 mm), but, with an effective product (type "Basicoll STP-850" Basin), nothing prevents sticking thicker solid parquet. However, the greater the thickness of the blades, the less they must be wide. Do not hesitate to question the specialists. Of course, nothing prevents sticking a laminated parquet.