Solid wood and parquet flooring – advantages and disadvantages

27 July 2017

Wood flooring is both beautiful and nice to walk on. But if you want wood flooring, a solid wood floor is not the only option.

Just like wood flooring, parquet is made of 100% wood, and on the surface it can look exactly the same. The difference lies beneath the surface.

Just as it sounds, a solid wood floor is made of solid planks of wood, while a Pergo parquet floor consists of three different layers of wood which are angled to avoid any of the disadvantages of solid wood flooring.


Advantages of solid wood flooring

Most people know what the advantages of a solid wood floor are: it is beautiful, natural and nice to walk on, and if it gets worn it can be sanded several times, giving it a very long service life.


Disadvantages of solid wood flooring

The disadvantages are perhaps less well known: since wood is a living material, the floor is affected by fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Wood flooring in a warm, dry room can dry out and shrink – which is also the reason why you can’t have underfloor heating beneath a solid wood floor. On the other hand, cold and damp can cause the wood to swell.

The price of wood flooring varies depending on the type of wood chosen, but in general it is often more expensive than parquet flooring.

Wood flooring can be glued, nailed or stapled to the subfloor, and it used to be recommended that you get a craftsman to help lay it instead of doing it yourself.


Advantages of a parquet floor

One of the advantages of a parquet floor is that it is more stable than solid wood flooring. This is because it is made of three layers of wood at 90 degree angles to each other to reduce movement in the wood.

The top layer is made of carefully selected wood and is called the wear layer. It is 2.5–3.2 mm thick and can be sanded two to three times. Underneath is an advanced body that absorbs impact and guarantees the high stability of the floor. Below this is a sheet of ecologically certified wood that gives each board perfect balance. Since the bottom layers of wood are invisible, they can be made of cheaper types of wood, which often means that parquet is cheaper than solid wood flooring.

Pergo parquet flooring is also easy to lay yourself thanks to our innovative PerfectFold™ click system.

  • Solid wood flooring is beautiful and has a long service life
  • It is affected by moisture and temperature, is difficult to lay yourself and can be expensive
  • Parquet flooring is made of 100% wood and is stable
  • It is easy to lay yourself and is often cheaper than solid wood flooring

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