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How do I Choose the Best Parquet Flooring?

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Parquet flooring is one of the more popular designs for exposed floors today. As an alternative to carpeting, this type of flooring is less expensive than many other options, and has the benefit of being relatively easy to maintain. When choosing the right type of parquet floor for your home, there are a few points to keep in mind if you want to achieve the look you want and still keep within budget.

Not everyone is aware that parquet flooring is available in a wide range of shades. This is to your advantage, as it means you can easily choose flooring that works with the other design elements in your space. Deep rich tones can add an air of elegance to the room, while lighter tones are ideal for a more casual look.

There are different textures available with parquet flooring. Different types of wood are used to create the floor sections. Higher grades are good options for high traffic areas, while lesser grades will often work just fine in rooms that see relatively little use. Choosing the right grade will make it possible for the flooring to last many more years before there is a need to replace a section or the entire floor.

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Some types of parquet flooring are specifically treated for installation in high traffic areas. While the floors are durable in any form, sections that are treated with extra sealant are often preferable when the installation is in the kitchen, a hallway, or a room that sees a great deal of use. Before settling on a particular color and style, make sure that the product is suitable for the area that you have in mind.

The ease of installation is another factor to consider when looking at different types of parquet flooring. Many designs include a tongue in groove design that makes it easy to snap the sections into place. The end result is a floor that looks as it if were professionally installed, even if the homeowner has not prior experience installing any type of flooring.

You will also want to make sure you purchase parquet floor materials that have an adhesive that is simple to use. Some types of parquet wood flooring glue require nothing more than a thin coat to secure the sections in place. Other examples of parquet wood flooring adhesive do not come pre-mixed and can be somewhat messy to apply. This can be an important consideration if you plan on doing the installation yourself.

Price is often a factor when looking at different shades and designs of parquet flooring. Fortunately, it is possible to purchase good quality parquet sections are reasonable prices. This means that even if you have a limited budget, there is a good chance you can still afford the floor you want. For exceptionally tight budgets, consider purchasing small lots of discontinued sections that are on sale at a deep discount. Mixing the sections can create a unique design that is pleasing to the eye and much less expensive than it looks.

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