Comparison of parquet formats
Parquet is not just parquet. In addition to the classic plank, many different types of parquet are now available. Here you will find an overview of the most common formats to help you with your selection.long plank short plank strip parquet industrial parquet
Long planks, the classic with the charm of an old building
Long floorboards, which can also be found under the terms chateau floorboards or country house floorboards, are still popular. This long plank format can often be found in old buildings in large cities in particular, but also in old country houses. Especially in large rooms or long corridors, the floorboards, which are often more than two meters long, can unfold their full effect, whereas short floorboards can sometimes seem a bit lost here.
However, long planks are not always cheap, especially as solid wood planks. In addition, there is the more expensive shipping, since the planks cannot simply be sent as a standard package. In return, laying is usually quick, because not much has to be pushed and the floor is filled in quickly.
Short planks, compact and varied
Short planks are usually up to one meter long and can be conveniently bought or sent in packages. These short planks come into their own in smaller rooms, where the varied laying pattern of the planks gives the room its very own character.
The advantage of this parquet is that it is easy to handle and lay, since the floorboards are usually simply laid in a random bond. In the end, every floor is unique.
Strip parquet, the format with tradition
As the name suggests, strip parquet consists of individual short and relatively narrow pieces of wood (“strips”). If the plank actually consists of just one piece of wood, it is also referred to as single-strip parquet. Due to the small and flexible format, many different laying patterns can be implemented with single-strip parquet, for example herringbone or chessboard patterns. The traditional "ship floor" is also laid with strip parquet, which is arranged in rows next to each other but without a specific pattern.
Strip parquet can also consist of several strips connected to each other, for example there are 2 and 3 strip parquet. This makes the planks longer and easier to lay, but not just any laying pattern is possible here.
Industrial parquet, robust and modern
Since industrial parquet consists of rows of upright lamellas, it will be edgewise lamella parquet called. The slats are supplied in small bound panels and are sanded and sealed after installation. The advantage of this parquet is its comparatively high robustness, which it achieves through the approximately 1-3cm high lamellae. These withstand enormous loads and can often be reground.
Industrial parquet is therefore mainly found in public spaces and heavily used floors, which can be found in museums, libraries or gymnasiums, for example. But industrial parquet is also laid in many new buildings, which has given it a more modern character that cannot be compared with the classic types of parquet.
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