What affects the price of parquet?
Any product made from natural wood has always been expensive, and from valuable species – even more. For example, oak is quite common, it has a thick trunk, which makes it possible to make a large number of parquet blocks from one tree. Therefore, wood flooring made from it will not be as expensive as from walnut or cherry, in which the trunks are thinner and the amount of useful wood for production is much less compared to oak.
For the manufacture of parquet, more than 60 types of wood are used nowadays. Their main difference is the areas of growth, properties and price. Some of them are highly resistant to mechanical stress and are considered the best for everyday use.
Several criteria for comparative assessment have been developed and the main parameters that characterize their consumer properties have been highlighted.
The cost of parquet is also influenced by the thickness of the strip – the thicker it is, the more expensive the parquet, respectively. Depending on the thickness of the strip, they are divided into several categories.
- The thickness is from 7 to 9 mm. Experts say that this is not the best choice, since for laying it you will need to make a perfectly flat surface, and the possibility of repairing it is very limited.
- The second category includes parquet with a thickness of 10 to 12 mm. It can be laid on a less prepared base and restored several times.
- For an apartment, parquet flooring with a plank thickness of 13 to 16 mm is ideal. With proper installation and surface treatment, such a floor will last more than a dozen years, and it can be repaired more than once.
The wood grain is responsible for the aesthetic appearance of the parquet. It is worth noting here that the intensity of the pattern directly depends on the cutting method.