The period between the Edwardian era and the 1930's was a time when parquet flooring became popular in England especially, and to a lesser extent in Wales and Scotland around the same time. To be honest, this type of flooring followed the money and it was not seen in what were then termed as 'working class housing'.
Because of the longevity of parquet flooring we still see many examples which were first laid during the 1930's, and we have many calls for us to discuss parquet floor restoration with the lucky owners.
These owners know full well that what they have is both beautiful and valuable, and all their floor needs is some LTC and the skills of our workforce who will make their old parquet floor look new but with a mature presence.
The laying of parquet flooring is called Parquetry, an art which goes back some centuries and which was first used in France in 1684. There are several parquetry patterns, the most commonly used in the UK being the Herringbone pattern. Back in those days, and indeed, in the not too distant past, parquet floors were adhered with hot bitumen but today modern cold adhesives are usually used.
A variety of hardwoods are used for making parquet blocks, the majority of which are oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine and maple, though Teak, Mahogany and Ebony were freely used some decades ago but these rare woods now have to be sourced from sustainable managed forest land and because they are so dense and slow growing they will always remain rare and expensive.
Should you be the lucky owner of a nice hardwood floor which needs some attention then please give us a call, or should you wish to tackle the job yourself then we have a page on our website for floor sanding tips which may help you.
Last updated 10.6.16
Last update: 10.06.2016