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Despite the fact that wooden floor coverings are already more than 3 thousand years old, they still remain the most modern and in demand to this day. The leader in the market of finishing materials for the floor is parquet, which is currently produced from a wide variety of tree species. You can find out about the types of wood that are used in the manufacture of parquet and about what properties various tree species give it by reading this article.
Wood is a natural and natural material that provides us with a connection with nature, maintains energy balance and gives us the necessary peace, comfort and tranquility. But each tree species has its own specific qualities, so before installing a parquet from one or another wood, you need to familiarize yourself with their characteristics. After all, the quality, color of the floor, as well as your state of mind and comfort will depend on the selected type of wood.
The variety of wood species used in the manufacture of parquet has now exceeded all limits of dreams. For the manufacture of such flooring, both deciduous wood and coniferous wood are widely used. Most deciduous trees are harder than their coniferous relatives, thus, all types of parquet can be considered in terms of its hardness, wear resistance and strength.
Currently, parquet materials are:
1) hardwoods (oak, beech, maple, hornbeam and ash and others)
2) moderately hard or medium hard woods (birch, cherry, pear and alder)
3) soft conifers ( spruce, fir, pine and cedar).
But hardness is far from the only characteristic that you need to rely on when choosing wood for parquet. An equally important factor is the stability of the material, namely, the ability to withstand changes in temperature and humidity without undergoing various deformations. In addition, any floor simply must clearly fit into the interior and keep up with the existing style of the house or apartment, so it would be useful to pay attention to the color, texture and texture of wood. In this case, there will be no problems, because nature itself created a variety of colors and shades, textures and patterns.
Oak is definitely a traditional parquet with a pronounced pattern, the color palette of which varies from a yellowish-white hue to a rich yellow-brown. Oak parquet has long been famous for its strength, hardness and endurance to mechanical stress and moisture. It can be considered an emblem of modern parquet, which has not lost its grandeur and charm over time.
Beech parquet with red wood has a special hardness and increased wear resistance, but it is better to veneer the floor in dry rooms, as it is afraid of moisture. Due to the homogeneous and uniform pattern, beech parquet will create a modest and discreet atmosphere in your room.
Maple parquet is a fairly light, almost white material that only slightly casts a warm honey tint. Maple parquet is quite popular due to its affordable price, wear resistance and high strength. It is often used in interiors where it is necessary to visually enlarge the space, and is also used as a contrasting tone in artistic parquet.
Ash parquet will create a lively atmosphere in your home, with the help of light, slightly yellowish wood. A pronounced pattern of rings on the cut forms an openwork pattern consisting of alternating light and dark stripes, which will make the floor interesting and original. Ash wood surpasses oak in its strength, it is strong, strong and durable, but at the same time flexible and elastic. Such flooring will perfectly cope with heavy loads, so it can be safely installed both in living rooms and in corridors, halls and children’s rooms.
Cherry is one of the most fashionable and modern materials, with an attractive reddish tint. Cherry parquet is perfect for both classic and any other interior. Initially, the reddish hue of cherry parquet, when exposed to sunlight, acquires a noble red-brown color. It is impossible not to mention the peculiar distinctive property of cherry wood, which is remembered for its dark spots and streaks of tree resin, similar to intricate knots. This coating is quite durable, less hard than oak, but well polished. The delicate aroma of cherry parquet will bring comfort and pleasant bliss into your home.
All of the above types of hardwood parquet, of course, are refined, solid and in demand, due to all their performance, but the price of such floor coverings is appropriate and not cheap. A more affordable option is soft softwood, which is significantly cheaper, but looks no less impressive.
Naturally, it is undesirable to use softwood parquet in its pure, natural form, for example, by covering it with mastic, oil or wax, due to excessive softness. But with proper processing using special varnishes that form a dense protective film, such a coating becomes strong enough and can last for quite a long time. Saturated with resins, such floor coverings do not rot, do not deform, and most importantly, they become quite affordable material for any person with an average income. Pine parquet, for example, is a very popular material. It has a warm yellowish-reddish hue and creates an atmosphere of calm and tranquility in the house.
The review of the types of wood used for the manufacture of parquet will be incomplete, if not to say about exotic tree species. Merbau, jarrah, jatoba, tigerwood, teak and coumaru parquet have special properties. The wood of these trees is durable, heavy-duty and has a very high wear resistance. The originality of the drawing and the unusual color scheme are truly magical. Red, orange, brilliant dark brown, purple and even black colors of such wood are unusual and hypnotically beautiful. By purchasing parquet from exotic woods, you will create a unique and exclusive style in your home, which will inspire you with its splendor every day.
Parquet made from any type of wood is elegant and unique in its own way, but the main thing when choosing this flooring is to clearly define your requirements in relation to its functionality and aesthetics.