July 20, 2024
proper care and installation

Parquet and solid boards are trendy among many residents of our country. Both of them have external beauty and can serve their owner for a long time with proper care and installation.

Comparative characteristics of parquet and solid boards

Let’s draw some parallels between these coatings, which at first glance do not differ.

What is a solid board?

Solid plank is a type of flooring made from real wood. The boards are fastened together using a tongue-and-groove mechanism, which is located along the entire perimeter of the product. The size of one board varies from 9 to 10 cm in width and about 9 cm in length. The thickness of the product ranges from 18 to 22 mm, but there are models in which it does not exceed 15 mm. All boards are top coated with oil, varnish, or oil wax.

What is a parquet board?

Although parquet boards are made from natural wood, just like solid wood, the creation process takes place differently – thanks to the gluing of wood planks. After manufacturing, each board is covered with a special protective layer (oil or varnish). Unlike solid boards, this material has a complex component structure and has several layers, namely:

Top (1st layer)

It is created using expensive wood species. It has a minimum thickness of 0.5 mm and a maximum of 6 mm. The top layer is processed using various techniques to give it an aesthetic appearance and is also coated with varnish.

Medium (2nd layer)

Coniferous wood is used in its production. During creation, slats made of fir or pine are mounted perpendicularly.

Bottom (3rd layer)

It is completely homogeneous and is located perpendicular to the second layer. It is also made from pine needles, and its thickness, as a rule, does not exceed 1.5 mm.

Solid board is considered a premium coating, as it has a fairly high cost. Such a floor should be installed only in heated houses because the board does not tolerate temperature fluctuations. In addition, the coating is very sensitive to moisture, so installation in rooms such as the kitchen should be avoided. Also, you should not install it in places with intense traffic, for example, large offices or cinemas.

In turn, parquet boards are an ideal solution for use in residential and commercial premises. It can be damaged by moisture, so it is not installed in bathrooms and kitchens. The top layer of the product can be restored using grinding technology and further varnishing. This type of coating is also installed in hotel rooms, conference rooms, and other places.

Criteria by which you can decide on the choice of coverage

So, let’s look at a few characteristics:

  • safety – both materials are created using natural wood and therefore do not cause any allergic reactions or other ailments;
  • long service life – a solid board will perform its functions for up to 50 years, while a parquet board will only last about 20-30 years. It is worth remembering that over time such coatings need updating, that is, sanding. Since a solid board has a layer thickness up to the chamfer of up to 8 mm, while parquet has only 3-4 mm, the possibility of updating the first product is much greater;
  • good composition – solid boards are made from expensive types of wood, while parquet is created from cheaper types of material (in addition, it may contain plywood);
  • strength – it is worth noting that both types of this coating are considered quite “capricious”. They do not like temperature fluctuations, as well as abundant moisture. However, it is believed that parquet boards are more resistant to external factors. This is so due to the arrangement of the layers in perpendicular planes;
  • appearance and cost – visually, both types of flooring are very similar and practically do not differ (except for the size of the boards themselves). But the price of solid boards is much higher than that of parquet.

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