Choosing between Timber Flooring and Parquet Flooring: What’s the Difference?

As you search for the right flooring for your home, you will come across timber flooring and parquet flooring in the styles that include wood in their construction. If you consider both to be identical in nature, you are mistaken as each style has its own characteristics. In order to select the one that is best for your house, you must understand the differences between these two styles.

Information about Timber Flooring

Today, timber flooring comes in planks or strips that most of the time, interlock together with the help of tongue-and-groove edges. As a result of this flooring coming in strips or planks, it makes a linear design on the floor when professionals install it. This style of flooring comes in a variety of woods ranging from pine to oak. In addition, there are various types of timber flooring, including the following:

  • Solid Timber Flooring – Just as the name sounds, this type of flooring is solid wood from the top to the bottom with no filler layers in between the two surfaces. Flooring such as this comes in both softwoods and hardwoods. In some cases, hardwoods hold up longer than softwoods do, but ask the professionals what style is ideal for your situation.
  • Engineered-Timber Flooring – This flooring is made from at least three layers of wood attached together with glue and cut into strips or planks. The top layer is a solid-wood veneer whereas the other layers can be a combination of woods. Engineered-timber flooring is less prone to shrinking, warping, splitting and other issues that can occur with timber floors and can install over an underlayment of foam rubber or an existing flooring.

Facts about Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is a series of squares or blocks rather than strips or planks. Each section of this flooring has its own pre-assembled timber design within it. As a result, professionals create an intricate mosaic on the floor by installing the squares or blocks in a certain pattern. Today, you will find parquet flooring in both engineered and solid styles similar to that of timber flooring. Instead of tongue-and-groove installation, professionals glue each section of this flooring into place.

Is the Maintenance the Same for Both Types of Flooring?

Maintenance is primarily the same on both timber flooring and parquet flooring. Just remove the dust and debris with a soft mop or broom periodically throughout the week. Remove all spills immediately and only damp mop with an approved mild cleaner.

After professionals install your new flooring, we provide sanding and finishing services. For further information about the service that we provide for both timber flooring and parquet flooring, contact MAB Timber Floors. We are experts in our field and guarantee satisfaction.

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Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Timber Floor

To maintain the beauty of your timber floor, there are certain steps you can take for extra assurance. Aside from regular maintenance such as sweeping with a soft bristle broom, there are tips that can help prolong the life of your investment.

Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance includes regular sweeping with a soft bristle broom and properly cleaning the floors. When vacuuming, make sure the beater bar is turned off.

The main objective should be to protect the surface from heavy wear and moisture which can create scratches. Quite frankly, good maintenance requires more than just sweeping and vacuuming.

Area Rugs

One of the best ways to protect your floors is with area rugs placed in high traffic areas. Throw rugs at entryways can help prevent dirt and debris from being tracked into the home. Keep in mind that even just one small rock can scratch and mar the floor. Also, if you have wood flooring in the kitchen, make sure to place an area rug at the kitchen sink.

In addition, never walk on a timber floor with high heels or sports cleats. The impact can make indentations any floor surface.

Always Use Felt Protectors

To help shield your wood floors, place felt protectors under the legs of furniture. Felt protectors can prevent floors from getting scratched and scuffed. Also, make sure to replace the felt protectors often. Dirt and debris get lodged onto the pad which acts like sandpaper on the floors surface.

Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.

In addition, when moving heavy furniture, never slide it on the flooring. To avoid scratches, pick the furniture up when moving it.


When anything is spilled on your wooden floors, wipe it up immediately using a slightly damp cloth. And when cleaning, never use a wet mop. Not only does standing water discolor the residue and dull the finish but it can damage the wood indefinitely.

Moreover, never use common household cleaners, steel wool pads, polishes or other similar products. These products are generally to abrasive and can scratch the surface. Also, you should not use wax because it makes the surface slippery and unsafe plus it can dull the finish. However, an occasional light wax done by a professional can buff and keep your floors looking new.

Basically, you can keep your timber floor clean with regular vacuuming. Make sure to use a soft bristle head to avoid scratching. Also keep your door mats clean. For stubborn dirt, use a damp mop that is well rung. And if you have to use a cleaner, only use a pH neutral floor detergent. Also, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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