Wood parquet and laminate flooring are among the most popular floor coverings. Wood parquet has been a classic for centuries, and laminate flooring is becoming so. But even though both types of flooring have been established in our interiors for decades, there are still many questions about wood flooring and laminate flooring – especially when it comes to deciding which flooring to install in your home. . So what are the differences between a wooden floor or a floating floor?
What does “floating floors” mean?
In general, we speak of floating installation when the parquet elements are not firmly glued to the sub-floor. The elements therefore float to a certain extent on the basement. Conversely, solid parquet is glued over the entire surface. It is therefore glued to suitable supports with parquet glue. In the past, solid parquet was even nailed to a wooden substructure.
When the screed or the sub-floor is in poor condition, there is no question, there is no question of installing solid wood parquet on it. This type of floating installation is therefore most often used.
What is a “solid parquet”?
Real parquet, solid parquet is the one that delights all fans of the authentic. It is a solid wood parquet. That is to say, it is machined in one piece, in one piece. Each plank is unique and reflects the character of the type of wood chosen. Solid parquet is only made of wood unlike floating parquet (also called laminated parquet) and laminate parquet. In the castles, the old country houses, this is what we find. Solid parquet is a part of French heritage. It is the most traditional parquet.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a laminate floor?
- The installation of a floating parquet is easier than that of a solid parquet. Floating laying is the easiest way to lay parquet, which can also be done by laymen and committed DIY enthusiasts with a little care and commitment. It’s up to you to try!
- The requirements on the basement are less for a laminate floor. In both cases, a flat surface is a prerequisite. Putty, which in the best case is not too polluting, is suitable for leveling. Once it has dried, the floating installation can begin.
- The installation is more advantageous due to the almost zero use of glue, unlike the installation of solid parquet. If you want to lay parquet flooring, the lower glue consumption is another advantage: because the elements are only glued to each other, but not to the sub-floor. In addition to savings in financial terms, this represents a benefit for the environment and health.
- Flexibility is more important: a floating parquet “dismantles” more quickly. If after a few years you have had enough or there are other reasons to install new parquet, laminate flooring can be relatively easy to remove quickly.
- There is the possibility of adding insulation against heat, sound or humidity once the laminate flooring is installed, which is not the case for solid parquet.
- Laminate floors have a shorter lifespan. In the long term, the costs incurred for its installation are therefore higher.
- All impact noises on a floating floor are more important: it resonates a lot because of the air present under its surface. First, there is the increased impact noise that occurs with a floating installation. Some people find it uncomfortable, while others describe it as very pleasant and gentle on the joints. Nevertheless, one should of course be aware that this generates a certain sound which can even be heard in rooms below or to the side. However, this problem can be largely solved by effective sound insulation.
- Thermally, it is more resistant to underfloor heating. Due to the many layers and intermediate spaces (engineered parquet), the heat output of the heating in the room is weakened, which can lead to increased heating costs.
- The finest floating floors (1mm of noble wood) cannot be sanded. Those with a greater thickness (2 to 4 mm) can be, but infrequently.
- Parquet is less durable when installed as a laminate floor. This is related to the mechanical stress which causes the joints to expand over time, which facilitates the penetration of water. As laminate floors tend to swell and shrink, it is particularly important to maintain an edge joint of about 1.5 cm.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of solid parquet?
- The uniqueness and one-piece nature of solid parquet makes solid parquet a floor covering that fully reflects the breathtaking beauty of wood.
- The advantage of solid parquet is that it looks stylish and comfortable at the same time.
- Over the years, solid parquet takes on more and more character and exudes the charm that we know from beautiful old houses.
- And if you want to spruce it up, you can just sand it down. But it is not always necessary to sand solid parquet. Some high-quality cleaning products also work wonders.
- Parquet is an ecologically valuable flooring because it is made from renewable raw materials.
- It is always pleasantly warm and the choice of different floors is almost unlimited.
- Solid parquet is made of a single piece of noble wood, which makes it a little less stable than engineered parquet and often noisy.