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Wooden floor or pre-finished parquet?

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Hardwood floor and multi-layer parquet in comparison

Advantage of solid wood floors

  • natural, renewable resource
  • durable and stable in value
  • many times abradable and repairable
  • usually firmly glued, thus good impact sound insulation

Disadvantage of solid wood floors

  • high wood consumption
  • prone to dry air, tends to more jointing
  • high material tension, therefore particularly good bonding necessary

Price: Good quality available from approx. 44 Euro / m² (coniferous wood)

Finished parquet has the same beautiful appearance as solid wood, but is much cheaper. This is due to its multi-layered structure, in which only the top layer, the tread, consists of high-quality solid wood.

This is between two and six millimeters thick and glued with a two- or three-layer substructure made of needle or plywood, which ensures that the parquet planks remain dimensionally stable. So the floor can be laid floating.

The cheapest alternative for those who do not want to spend a lot of money on the floor, for example because they live to rent, is veneer flooring. It is available with a thin top layer from 0.7 mm thickness - ideal also where low installation heights are needed. However, such a floor may be reground only very carefully.

Advantage of prefinished parquet

  • easy and fast to lay - also for laymen
  • very stable due to substructure, so it can be laid floating and on request it can be taken up again
  • pretreated, so to enter immediately after laying

Disadvantage of finished parquet

  • Limited lifespan, as there is only a thin wear layer of high quality wood
  • not at all or depending on the thickness of the wear layer (from 3.6 mm) only once or three times abscheifbar
  • Pollution pollution from used adhesives possible

Price: Good quality is available from approx. 38 Euro / m²

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