To decide on the choice of flooring between laminate and parquet, it is necessary to pay attention to the characteristics of these materials in order to be able to compare them.
Laminate is a multi-layer coating, the surface of which is covered with a decorative material, it can be plastic film or furniture foil. Melamine resin is used as the top protective layer, which determines the quality of the coating.
The main layer of the laminate consists of fiberboard or chipboard, which is a fibreboard that has a high density. The bottom layer of this flooring consists of paper, which is impregnated with special compounds that provide a protective function. Special water-repellent compositions are used for processing the edges.
Laminate does not require special care. It does not need to be sanded, sanded or varnished. A distinctive property of the laminate is that it does not fade and does not change color. It is not subject to mechanical stress, neither a match nor a smoldering cigarette can leave marks on it. The resulting contamination is easily removed with detergents or acetone. It is also worth noting that laminate is much cheaper than parquet.
For the manufacture of parquet, only natural wood is used, while the use of a more expensive type of wood makes the parquet correspondingly more expensive. Parquet is made from oak, maple, ash, mahogany and many others. Parquet can be piece or one array. The main difference of this flooring is absolute environmental friendliness, which cannot be said about the laminate.
Having chosen an expensive high-quality coating, you should come to terms with the fact that parquet requires special care. Once every two years it will have to be cycled, and then varnished. Parquet is not able to affect temperature changes, does not tolerate moisture and high thin heels. Also, this flooring is very capricious in relation to domestic animals.
How to cover your floor, everyone decides for himself. More economical and practical people choose laminate. Lovers of everything natural, as well as luxury and wealth, choose parquet.