At the moment, the parquet market is being overflowed with Chinese and Eastern European (semi-solid) parquet. This parquet is often of a much lower quality and especially the gluing methods are of a very low standard. Before you purchase any parquet, we would like to point out some important details so you can make a well-informed choice between products and prices.
If you are going to compare between different types of parquet, keep the following points in mind:
- Compare solid wood to solid wood and engineered wooden floors to engineered wooden floors; the products may look the same on the surface, but in reality they are very different.
- The thickness of the top layer is very important: the oaken top layer is the most expensive part of engineered wooden floors, so be sure to know the thickness of the top layers before comparing two products.
- The width and length of the planks. Some companies only make planks 50 to 100 cm long.
- Is the oak top layer made out of one piece of solid wood? Sometimes smaller pieces of wood are glued together in the top layer, giving your floor a completely different look.
- What quality oak is being used? FloorTeq B.V. uses QF1-3 wood. Read more about the different qualifications of oak here.
- Sometimes long grooves are made at the bottom of the birch plywood. This is done to balance the negative effects of bad gluing methods: the grooves may prevent the oak top layer to come off the birch under layer and it may prevent the plank warping into a bow or cup. Making kerfs decreases the quality and stability of the floor. FloorTeq B.V. uses unique two-component glue, especially composed for our product. The birch plywood and the oak top layer are glued and pressed in a special clamp carrier and high-frequency dried. This is a more expensive method, but it assures the top layer will not let go, rendering grooves unnecessary, and making FloorTeq B.V. engineered wood flooring a high-end quality product. Read more about how we test our floors here.
- The last thing to keep in mind when comparing floors is the bottom layer. Sometimes the bottom layer is composed of many small pieces of birch, instead of one big piece. Also, some companies use poplar as under layer, which is a significantly softer type of wood, decreasing the quality of the planks.