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Parquet and laminate: which is better? Expert Opinion on the floor covering


Parquet, laminate, massive board ... often heardThese names, but do not know what is what and what coverage is better? We decided to understand this and asked the expert to put everything in order. The choice of floor covering is always a responsible mission. For your interior you choose the floor not for a month, and not for a year, but you want it to serve you long. Parquet, laminate, massive and parquet board - what to choose? With this question we turned to the expert - designer Alexei Ilyin, who told us what are the differences between all these types of materials and what properties they possess, and also gave us some practical advice. Alexey Ilyin, interior designer GraduateMoscow State Art and Industry Academy named after S. G. Stroganov (MGHPA named after Stroganov), member of the Moscow Union of Designers and the International Public Association "Union of Designers" (IDASS). Today he is the head of the Maximus design bureau.

1. Make a choice in favor of quality

There are several types of flooring,Creating an image of a wooden floor, a pleasant and long-beloved. They differ in quality, service life, in appearance, in price and so on. Parquet is deservedly considered the best floor covering for many centuries. And there are reasons for this:

  • His amazing aesthetic qualities, givingAlmost unlimited versions of drawings and ornaments in combination with a huge wealth of texture and color. Parquet coverings in historical and new palaces, manors around the world confirm this.
  • Its ecological compatibility, more precisely, natural origin and complete naturalness.
  • Durability and durability, provided proper preparation, laying of coating and operation.
  • Parquet can be not only varnished, but alsorubbed with special wax, which gives a peculiar beauty to the texture and authenticity to the coating itself. Lacquered parquet, like waxed parquet, can be re-sanded, and the thicker the parquet, the more often. So it returns to its former beautiful appearance with the subsequent application of a new coating. Our opinion: - When choosing a parquet, it is necessary to take into account the level of moisture and the temperature that is constantly kept in the room. If you cannot control these indicators throughout the year and want to insure yourself against cracks in the parquet, it is better to use modules up to 11 centimeters wide.

    2. Remember about aesthetics

    If you do not have the funds to purchaseparquet, then a massive board will become an alternative to it, which will create an interesting aesthetic effect in the interior. The flooring in the form of a board looks more modest than parquet, although in a modern interior its use is not only justified, but also has undoubted stylistic advantages. In addition, the aged solid board can imitate the old authentic flooring, giving a peculiar charm to the interior. The advantages of a solid wood flooring are durability, which often exceeds the durability of parquet, the elegance and style of an absolutely natural coating. In addition, there is the possibility of multiple regrinding, if this is allowed by the conditions of the decorative finish of the board. Speaking about the strength, hardness and wear resistance of piece type-setting parquet and solid boards, it should be remembered that they can be made from different types of wood and differ in the way the trunk is cut. This gives them differences in appearance and technical and operational properties.

    3. If you need simple solutions, choose a parquet board

    Parquet board - glued three-layer coating,more affordable than parquet and solid board. Quite persistent, but inferior in quality to its predecessors. It is easier to install than parquet, which imitates. It can even be sanded 1-2 times. Laying is possible only "deck" (in one direction, parallel laying). The parquet board is mounted with or without glue. Moreover, the glueless method is more reliable in operation. Another plus is the simplest and most economical floor covering. Our opinion: - If you are choosing material for a large room, then pay attention to wide boards. In a small room, they will look out of place, visually reducing the square footage. For a small room, it is better to look for classic block parquet, three-strip parquet board or narrow boards.

    4. Pay attention to the density of the laminate even when buying

    The laminate imitates a parquet board.This is a coating of many layers. On top, the laminate has a decorative layer of valuable or decorative wood. The top layer is made of paper using a special method of pressing with corundum, which provides high strength characteristics. Laminate is very easy to install, but like a parquet board, it is done only by “deck” laying. At a low cost, the laminate is quite durable, of course, taking into account proper operation. Active dances of girls on high heels can leave an indelible mark not only in your memory ... The fall of a heavy object may also not pass without a trace and it will not be possible to polish it. However, it is the availability of this coating and the ease of installation that makes it extremely popular. The laminate has one more big plus: it is quite easy to erase traces of watercolors, gouache and plasticine from it, parents of small children cannot but rejoice at this. When choosing a laminate, you can choose an article of such an operational class that corresponds to your strength characteristics. The more durable the laminate, the higher its durability, the higher the acquisition costs. Maxim Artamonov, architect: - Based on my own deplorable experience, I will say: never use laminate flooring in your home interior. It is hard, cold, clinks, gathers dust, and it is unpleasant to touch it. You can find cheap hardwood flooring for the price of an average laminate and it will be much better. Yes, it will get scratched faster - so what? And if you need an artificial turf, choose a vinyl tile or canvas, it is resilient, warm, quiet, not afraid of water (if there are no joints). Leave the laminate for the office, that's why it was invented.

    5. Observe the general style concept

    It must be borne in mind that the use of this ora different coating should be dictated by the condition of compliance with the general design project in terms of compositional, plastic and color solutions of the interior. The main thing in the use of flooring is not its performance, which you determine together with the designer, but its aesthetic compliance with the overall interior design.