Herringbone flooring – sometimes referred to as parquet flooring – has a distinctive look that is appealing to many people who want something a little bit different. It is a form of hardwood flooring, but instead of being laid in planks, smaller pieces of wood are assembled to form a repeating geometric pattern of your choice.
Although regular hardwood planks are more widely used, herringbone patterns are still installed as a key décor feature in some homes and businesses. It was one of the most popular kinds of flooring in the 1960s and 1970s: with the resurgence of many mid-20th century styles and trends, herringbone flooring is poised to make a comeback. This revitalization of style is enhanced by the fact that the materials and manufacturing processes of today allow for greater quality and ease of use than was possible during the first heyday of herringbone.
Herringbone does not refer to the material, but to the style. A variety of patterns are available in maple or oak hardwood, or as vinyl or laminate tiling. The hardwood tiles can be stained in a colour of your choice to match other décor elements in the space, and the refinishing options are a lot more extensive than they were when herringbone flooring was first popular.
If you want to express your unique décor tastes, take a look at our photo gallery that will show you some stunning examples of herringbone flooring. Samples are also available at our showroom, along with friendly flooring experts who will be happy to talk to you about your flooring needs.
When it comes to the cost for professional installation, herringbone flooring is not much different to the more commonly used plank hardwood flooring. However, herringbone is easier to install, and is therefore an enjoyable project for DIY enthusiasts. It can be a stylish addition to any living or bedroom area, but it is not recommended for use in humid locations, such as the bathroom.
Caring for herringbone flooring is similar to caring for wood, laminate or vinyl flooring. Daily cleaning involves sweeping and dry mopping, and spills should be cleaned up as quickly as possible. A monthly cleaning with a wood floor cleaner will ensure that your floor looks good and lasts for a long time. While homeowners should have no problem doing light renewal projects such as gentle sanding and varnishing, it is best to hire a professional for major refinishing work.
The unique design is where herringbone flooring really stands out from the crowd. The geometric designs give a slight three-dimensional appearance to your floors while making a bold décor statement. This kind of flooring is one way to express your individuality in the interior of your home. With a variety of patterns available, you will be able to choose something that is just the right fit for the space.
When it comes to family friendliness, herringbone flooring is similar to hardwood. It is softer than ceramic and stone surfaces, but harder than carpet and vinyl. Herringbone floors do not collect dust the way carpet does, so by sweeping them regularly to prevent buildup of compressed dirt, you can prevent allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to dust mites.