Parquet and laminate are among the most popular floor coverings not only in our specialist timber trade but also nationwide. Parquet has been a classic for centuries, but laminate can also be called that with good reason. But even though both types of flooring have been established in Dubai households for decades, we as a wood specialist in Kirchseeon near Munich still experience that there are many questions about parquet and laminate – especially when it comes to deciding which floor to lay in his home. That is why we have collected and systematized backgrounds relating to these popular floor coverings.
Parquet Vs. Laminate: The Differences
The main difference between the two floors is the nature of the surface. In the case of laminate, it is a coating made of robust melamine resin, under which there is decorative paper and kraft paper for the barrier. The look of laminate is primarily determined by the decor paper mentioned, which can be designed in almost any way, with wood decors representing the lion’s share. Thanks to modern technology and continuous further development, wood replicas are now possible that even experts can hardly do with fine parquet can distinguish. Even the feel, the surface structure of the parquet is given to laminate or embossed. Under the decorative layer there is a middle layer, usually consisting of a high-density fibreboard (HDF). As a third layer, there is also a coated paper as a counterbalance.
We find this three-layer structure of laminate in the so-called prefabricated parquet or three-layer parquet. As already mentioned, the main difference between parquet and laminate is the surface of parquet, because parquet is made of real wood. A veneer – a thin, material-saving sheet of real wood, approx. 2.5 to 3.5 mm – is additionally sealed with oil or varnish. The middle layer consists either of plywood, wooden sticks or, as with laminate, of an HDF board. The third layer acts as a “counterbalance” and prevents the parquet planks from warping. Prefabricated parquet, which can be laid quickly and easily using tongue and groove, is now the most common parquet variant. But there is also the classic variant: individual parquet strips that are glued together to form artistic patterns such as herringbone or mosaic patterns. A special form is a 2-layer parquet, which has certain advantages. With underfloor heating, for example, it allows more thermal energy to pass through and, thanks to its lower installation height, it can be used when a greater installation height causes difficulties.
If you like it even more original, you can also rely on solid wood planks, which consist of a whole, complete board of wood.
Parquet: the advantages
As a real wood floor, parquet delights all friends of the original and authentic. Each plank is unique and reflects the character of the respective type of wood. If you then still rely on the large-format country house planks, you get a floor covering that fully reflects the breathtaking beauty of wood. The great thing about parquet is that it looks elegant and cozy at the same time. Over the years, a parquet floor gains more and more character and exudes the charm that is known from old country houses. And if you want a fresh new look, you can simply sand it down and it will look like new! But it doesn’t always have to be sanding – our high-quality care products also work wonders. Parquet is an ecologically valuable floor covering because it is made from renewable raw materials. It always feels pleasantly warm, and the choice of different parquet floors is almost limitless. It goes without saying that you can experience this large selection especially in the timber trade!
Laminate: the advantages
Laminate flooring is a real all-rounder, it combines ease of care and robustness with an infinite abundance of beautiful decors. It can even be used in the commercial sector (but if it is particularly stressed, it is better to use the even more robust vinyl floors !)
The high thermal conductivity of laminate is an advantage if you have underfloor heating. Thanks to the tongue and groove principle, laminate can be laid quickly and easily by clicking into one another – which also means that at some point you can simply replace it with a new floor or design.
Price differences between parquet and laminate
Laying: floating or fully glued?
Do you think that parquet is generally more expensive than laminate? In fact, there are surprises in both directions. On the one hand, a high-quality, durable laminate rightly has its price, on the other hand, parquet can be surprisingly cheap! If, for example, you choose a cheap type of wood for parquet and a rustic sort with knots and cracks – many of our customers love this type of parquet! – then parquet can be amazingly cheap. Which of course is also true: The cheapest laminate is still cheaper than the cheapest parquet, and with the most exclusive versions of parquet with rare woods and elaborate surface treatment, laminate can no longer “keep up” in terms of price. One more note: not all laminates are created equal – there are significant differences in quality, from the robustness to the authenticity of the decors. Don’t rush to buy cheap laminate!
Both types of installation have their advantages. Especially if you really plan to leave the floor for a long time, the certainly more complex full-surface gluing could be an option. The floor lies better, the room noise is reduced and joints cannot form so easily. The heat from underfloor heating is also let through better and renovation is easier. However, full-surface bonding is significantly more complex and should be carried out by specialist staff. Floating installation is easy, even the less experienced do-it-yourselfer achieves good results – and the floor can be walked on directly. The replacement of floating floors is of course much easier – and quite a few replace their floor more often, depending on your taste and mood.
Buying guide parquet vs. laminate
What should you choose now – parquet or laminate? Of course, there is no better or worse here, just your needs and wishes. If you like it practical, robust and easy to care for – maybe as a family with small children – you can rely on a durable laminate and don’t have to worry about anything else. If you don’t have an unlimited budget, but still want this rare type of wood as decor, you have all the options with the diverse laminate.
Parquet, on the other hand, inspires all friends of the authentic and natural. For many furnishing lovers, real wood is an absolute must, especially if the rest of the furnishing is made of real, valuable natural materials such as old wooden furniture. A noble parquet floor is also a prestigious object which increases the value of a property. It gains more and more charm over the years, and should it no longer look attractive, it can simply be sanded down or cleaned thoroughly.