Décor Parquet will not cut any corners when it comes to your wood floor installations. We will ensure the structure of the under-floor is sound and that it is spotlessly clean. We will help you choose the best product for your floor and we guarantee you a hassle free and professional installation of your wood floor.
Décor Parquet Floors only use new wooden flooring products which have an FSC Certification.
FSC is an independent, non-government, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. An FSC certification confirms that the product has been sourced from a certified compliant manufacturing facility and that it conforms to international sustainability regulations.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring has a story all it’s own.
Once a beam in a farmer’s barn, a supporting joist for a warehouse roof or a hand-hewn girder in a stable, no two pieces of reclaimed wood are exactly alike. Harvested decades and even centuries ago from slow-growth, virgin timber, aged wood offers an authentic and exceptionally tight wood grain with a rich, naturally weathered color and patina that cannot be duplicated today.
Blend the beauty and sustainability of reclaimed wood into your story.
Whether you’re building a rustic cabin retreat or renovating a modern urban dwelling, Décor Parquet in Association with Creative Heritage 100-percent reclaimed hardwood flooring can help you create an enduring space that’s as unique as your taste.
Repurposing reclaimed wood also demonstrates your dedication to preserving our nation’s past, as well as furthering its present goals for sustainability.
The choice of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it underpins everything else. While there are plenty of different options, from carpet to terrazzo, one material is the acknowledged standard: hardwood.
But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn’t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance
Solid versus engineered
Traditionally, hardwood flooring came in thick planks of solid timber. Today, solid hardwood is still widely available, but many companies also offer engineered flooring—planks made with a thinner top layer of hardwood, bonded to other layers designed to prevent the floor from shifting during expansion and contraction cycles. All wood moves in three directions: There’s tangential, radial, and longitudinal movement. With engineered products, you’re creating opposing forces within the board to try to restrict the natural movement of the wood.
For basements and apartments with concrete subfloors, engineered flooring offers an installation advantage. Whereas solid wood is generally installed over one or two layers of plywood, which can raise the height of a floor and interfere with existing doors or marginally reduce ceiling height, engineered flooring can be glued directly to concrete, or over a soundproofing mat, It’s also suitable for installation over radiant heat.
But choose carefully because some engineered floors have top layers so thin that they can’t be sanded and refinished in the future. Higher-quality products feature a thicker layer where you’re getting as much usable wood as you would out of a solid board.
Despite the advantages of engineered flooring, some homeowners still prefer solid wood. There’s something about a solid hardwood that’s a tangible difference ,You can feel it underfoot, and it’s quieter.
Prefinished versus site finish
Hardwood planks can be purchased with a raw face that gets finished by a professional after installation, or prefinished, which arrives with the stain and topcoat already applied. The advantage of prefinished wood is that you know exactly what you’re getting, noting that once you select a product, you’ll have an exact sample to use in coordinating your home’s color palette and choosing other design elements, such as textiles, wall coverings, and cabinetry. Prefinished flooring also takes less time to install, because there’s no need to apply color or sealant.
Still, on-site finishing allows for a level of customization that appeals to many homeowners and designers. That way, we have a lot more control over the stain and sheen. The final product will be smoother too, because unfinished flooring is typically sanded after it’s nailed down and then finished as a single continuous plane. “It’s a small detail, but it does makes a difference.
Types of wood
In North America, oak is the king of hardwood flooring for good reason. It’s a very durable wood that takes stain very well. It also has an appealing natural grain and is widely available across the world, leading to reasonable prices. In design circles, white oak is especially popular, because it doesn’t have the pinkish tones of red oak.
Walnut is another a popular choice. While slightly softer than oak, it has a deep color that makes it ideal for rooms where a darker finish is desired. If you’re changing a color, it’s best to start with a natural material that you’re augmenting as little as possible to achieve the shade you want, Walnut, is a natural choice when you desire “a richer, warmer tone.” Other readily available hardwoods include hickory, cherry, maple, and ash. The choice largely comes down to personal preference in terms of color and grain.
Although there was a time when it seemed that almost all hardwood flooring was installed in two- to three-inch strips, many people now use wider planks. There’s a sense of luxury and expense associated with a wider plank. Once you exceed the norm, it starts to feel special. That’s why “a four- to six-inch plank is our standard specification, depending on the size of the room and the application, noting that, generally, the more expansive the room, the wider the plank they’ll choose.
While a floor composed of wide planks will have fewer seams than a floor of thin strips, it’s important to be aware that those seams may eventually become more prominent as the wood expands and contracts. Because changes in the wood aren’t distributed across as many boards, the movement may appear exaggerated