There are different types of natural or solid wood interior floors, each with a different look and characteristics: floor, herringbone parquet …

herringbone parquet

Few are the building elements of a house that provide the warmth of a solid wood floor, its style, its naturalness and even its status. The latter is mainly due to the fact that not everyone can afford this type of flooring and parquet, hence the development of cheaper alternatives such as laminates, which even offering great results do not reach the level of their older brother.

Wooden flooring styles

There are many styles for solid wood floors, here you can see examples of the most frequent ones, although you can find combinations of these or different designs.

Rustic

rustic wooden floor

To achieve rustic environments, solid wood floors are used with uneven floor sizes, without treatment or with very light treatments.

Small vs large platform

small or large plank floors

Among parquet styles, the most common is to find straight planks with the same dimensions placed online. In addition to the color and finishes, it is customary to play with the size of the platform that we will use with aesthetic criteria. For example, using small pieces to give a sense of spaciousness to the environment.

Thorn

herringbone parquet

It is a common design, where pieces of solid wood are used slightly smaller than normal, and that adds style.

Geometric and / or original shapes

geometric wood floor

Of greater complexity and therefore also of greater cost, it requires experienced hands and very stable wood to obtain a good and lasting result.

Painted

painted wood floors

It is a clearly Nordic trend where light tones predominate in parquet, although more creative examples can also be found in which this Nordic component disappears.

Tips for having a good solid wood floor

  1. The choice of wood. Not all woods are suitable for use as a parquet. Among the types or classes of wood to be used, we can discard most of the soft woods, with some exceptions being pine or hemlock. Therefore, mainly hard or tropical woods are used, that is, those with greater resistance to shocks, scratches, humidity, insects and / or fungi. The most common ones for making pallets are usually oak, ipe, teak, cherry, jatoba, beech, etc.
  2. Indoor or Outdoor. Wooden floors are suitable for interiors and exteriors, although not all woods have the necessary characteristics to resist the weather. For exteriors, tropical woods are used, which are denser and more resistant, or some treated to resist the elements, such as autoclaved or copper pine floors.
  3. Prices. Not all solid wood has the same price or is equally easy to obtain, which in turn affects the final price. There are very exclusive woods that directly drive the cost per square meter and others with very good performance that can be found in some places where there is an abundance of this wood at a very good price, a clear example is oak in some areas of North America. However, regardless of the type of solid wood you choose for paving, you will have to face a work, which depending on the characteristics of the house can represent a large percentage of the total.
  4. Installation. There are different ways to install solid wood floors, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The main ones are:
    1. Pasted. It consists of using glues to fix the platform underground. It is the ideal option when you want to install a parquet with original and personalized designs.
    2. Floating. The platform is placed on an insulator preventing it from coming into direct contact with the concrete. The insulation prevents the passage of noise, temperature, etc. It is essential that the subfloor is well leveled or there is a risk of parts breaking.
    3. Nailed. Nails or staples are used to protect the pallets. It is common to find them in houses with old wooden structures.
  5. Treatment and / or maintenance. In the daily care of a wooden floor, a great effort is not necessary, it is enough to sweep and iron a mop well twisted with a specific non-abrasive cleaning product from time to time to prevent deterioration of the finish. However, every certain number of years, 2 or 3, it is advisable to do some maintenance, that is, sand and finish. This period may vary depending on where the wood is, if it is outside, maintenance should be more frequent. If we do that, we will have a solid wood floor for many years, I dare say that more than any of us can find.