The 17th century, the so-called Age of Louis XIV, was an era of decadence. During Louis’s reign, French culture came to exercise a universal appeal – the Palace of Versailles, the birthplace of Versailles panels being a classic example. Louis ushered in a demand for patterned parquet floors that is as strong today as it was in 1684.
Panelled parquet floors are of course the epitome of grand flooring with Herringbone and Chevron patterns still proving popular too……………
The changing of the seasons and modern heating and cooling systems, most notably under-floor heating, mean that 21st-century Patterned Parquet floors are constantly subjected to extreme changes in temperature and humidity. Given that wood is substantially composed of water, this has consequences: principally that it will expand and contract when subjected to these changes. Unequal stresses within sawn timber will cause otherwise flat parquet blocs or panels to expand, contract and exhibit curved distortion, seen as gaps between the blocs or panels, cupping and warping, or in some instance’s blocs or panels detaching from the sub-floor. The degree to which parquet moves, is entirely determined by the type and construction of the Parquet blocs or panels. Only a well-engineered Parquet floor can offer complete stability……..
Specifying a Benchmark Element7 exceptionally engineered parquet floor, with an Element7 premium-plus finish, will give you a floor to enjoy for decades without it ever having to be refinished. Cheaply engineered products however, with poor finishes, have a very short lifespan.
Understand what differentiates an Element7 engineered parquet floor from others.