Which type of parquet to choose: laminate, solid or engineered?



The New Parquetry

You want to put parquet but do not know which to choose between solid parquet, engineered parquet and laminate flooring? The choice of flooring is based on your budget, ease of installation, maintenance and durability. But it's also a matter of taste and comfort! Here are our tips for choosing the floor that suits you.

Solid parquet: authenticity and robustness

Solid parquet is the most solid of all floors. It is made of 100% of the same wood throughout its thickness which gives it strength and prestige. This type of parquet is the most expensive. The thickness of the blades varies between 20 and 23 cm. This thickness allows many renovations and many sanding.

Solid wood floors can be:

- nailed on joists (traditional pose)

- glued to the floor with a special floor glue

- clipped, the blades fit together.

There are a multitude of different indigenous or exotic species. Each has its own characteristics and is chosen according to:

- his color

- its rigidity

- its hardness

- its resistance to moisture

It can be vitrified or waxed; whitened or natural with varying degrees of nuance; especially when it has a tinted, aged or brushed effect ...

Solid wood flooring is an investment over time and provides an unmistakable hallmark to the rooms.

Custom parquet gray matt lacquered pebble. Solid oak parquet varnished matt / 2 Chamfers. Dimensions mm (L x W x E): 440 to 1980 x 145 x 1. 59 euros HT / m2, Bineau House.

Bineau House

Engineered parquet: an alternative to solid wood

Controlled parquet, unlike solid wood, is not made of 100% of the same wood. It consists of three superimposed layers: only the upper layer is endowed with noble essence and offers this aspect of solid wood. Also called "siding" or layer of wear, its thickness of 2 to 6 mm determines its quality, the resistance of the floor and the number of sanding that it can undergo. This is the layer that will be sanded to maintain the floor. The other two layers are made with wood derivatives.

Made in the factory, this parquet is very similar to the solid parquet, but less expensive. Like solid wood, it has a long life and can be renovated.

It is also available in many types of wood, in many styles and colors. It is often vitrified, which facilitates its maintenance.

Engineered parquet can be nailed; this technique of installation disappears in favor of floating installation; faster and cheaper. This type of parquet can also be glued for perfect stability and acoustic insulation, this type of installation is suitable for heated floors.

Laminate parquet: easy and inexpensive

Unlike solid parquet or laminate, laminate flooring is not wood. Abusively called "laminate flooring", it only imitates wood fibers. It is a composite material that superimposes several layers: the first called resin layer (wear layer) provides resistance to the ground; the second called decorative layer (paper or decorative sheet) imitates only the selected wood essence.

The laminate has the advantage of being declined in countless styles and colors. It is easier to maintain because it is also the cheapest.

Floating is the most common because it is the easiest and the fastest. Its clip-on system also allows the floor to be dismountable without damage and therefore makes it removable. Laminate flooring can also be glued for better stability.

Nevertheless, laminate flooring is more fragile than the other two. In use it deteriorates faster and it is impossible to renovate it; it must then be changed.