Advantages of multi-layer parquet against other floor coverings

Multi-layer parquet is enjoying increasing popularity. No wonder, after all this wooden floorboards with a multi-layer structure have many advantages compared to other flooring. Discover it for yourself.

Numerous advantages compared to solid wood floorboards

Lesser thickness: Multi-layer wooden floorboards generally have a lesser total thickness than solid wood floorboards. Firstly this makes the structural height lower and secondly the connections to other flooring are usually less different and easier to bridge.

Optimum for under-floor heating: Multi-layer parquet is the ideal solution for under-floor heating. Thanks to its lesser total thickness multi-layer parquet has a low heat transfer resistance. All our Adler wooden floorboards are suitable for use in combination with under-floor heating.

Minimised contraction and expansion: It is precisely during heating periods, when the room climate conditions are usually not ideal, that a multi-layered floorboard reacts less to climatic changes than, for example, solid wood floorboards. The multi-layer wooden floorboards display substantially less formation of gaps and greater form stability than solid wood floorboards.

Resource-saving: At least 2 cubic metres of high quality oak is needed in order to manufacture
100 sqm of solid oak wooden floorboards in the standard commercial format of 2200x186x21 mm. On the other hand we only require 0.45 cubic metres of the best raw oak in order to manufacture 100 sqm of our multi-layer oak plank Villa by adler measuring 2200x186x15 mm. Multi-layer parquet thus represents a more careful and sustainable handling of wood as a natural resource.

Durable: It is a widely spread misconception that solid wood floorboards can be sanded down as often as you wish. In reality this is not recommended because the tongue and groove joint will be reached after a few sanding processes, depending on the height of the joint, causing lasting damage to the floorboard connections. Parquet flooring with a multi-layer structure and a prescribed top layer of at least 2.5 mm can be sanded at least twice if it is glued down across its entire surface. However this is often not necessary. If you use our NATURA+ oiled parquet, sanding is the very last option for renovation measures. The NATURA+ surface can be repaired beforehand with other, less complex methods. It is also possible to remove the layer and install a new oil surface. [Verlinkung zu NATURA+]

Clear advantage in comparison to thin veneer flooring

Thicker top layer: The thicker top layer on multi-layer parquet is a clear advantage over thin veneer flooring, which uses only a fine wood top layer of less than 2.5 mm. The thin top layer means that this flooring is substantially less resistant and also can hardly be renovated, as sanding is not possible in this case.

Positive ecological balance compared to laminate and vinyl flooring

Multi-layer parquet is made of the renewable, natural raw material wood. Thus it unites all the advantages of this exclusive raw material.

Natural surface made out of wood: The top layer of laminate flooring comprises a very thin decorative foil that is laminated onto a wooden composite board. So the surface is free of natural materials. Vinyl is even a 100% artificial product: The vinyl floor is comprised mainly – as the name suggests – of chemically manufactured polyvinyl chloride. Its surface forms a lacquer foil. You will feel a substantial difference between an artificial and a natural wood surface if you walk barefoot on oiled wooden floorboards and then on a vinyl or laminate floor. Only real wood can produce the real comfort and warmth that an artificial imitation cannot. Why would you want to live on a bad copy when you can do it on the original?

Healthy room climate: Oxidatively oiled parquet, like we manufacture here at Adler, improves the room climate and has a positive effect on your health and your wellbeing. Artificial flooring cannot do this. On the contrary: If you have vinyl flooring you should always make sure that the product does not contain any plasticisers or other substances that harm your health, as is still common practice in production outside Europe.

Better acoustics: Room sound from laminate flooring is considerably greater than from multi-layer parquet because of its very hard, artificial surface. The laminate flooring produces a loud ‘clattering’ noise when you walk on it. Even footfall sound insulation cannot help here. Footfall sound insulation only works downwards and to the neighbouring rooms but does not influence noise within the room.

Can be repaired if necessary: Whether in everyday family life or a professional environment – flooring has to undergo a lot. Heavy objects can damage the floor, leading to scratches or even holes. Vinyl is particularly susceptible as it is a very soft material. Surface repairs on multi-layer parquet are no problem using re-oiling or sanding. This kind of repair is not possible on vinyl and laminate flooring.

Environmentally friendly disposal: Wooden floorboards are very durable and will give you pleasure for many years. However if you need to dispose of your natural wood floor one day the disposal is unproblematic. On the contrary: the wooden elements can be used for energy generation or can be used to manufacture chipboard and other wood products. The disposal of laminate and vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is only permitted in special incineration plants.

Advantages compared to carpet

Simple cleaning: Parquet can be kept clean easily by sweeping, vacuuming and damp mopping. With carpets, on the other hand, deep-rooted dirt cannot be fully removed despite regular vacuuming. This requires complex cleaning with special devices and cleaning agents.

Healthy room climate: Oxidatively oiled parquet has the most positive effect on the room climate because of its open surface. After damp mopping the floor returns the moisture back to the air in the room little by little and thus creates a pleasant room climate. Good for the air humidity in the room – good for your health!

Plus points compared to natural stone flooring and tile flooring

Clean, uniform surface: A parquet surface creates a uniform floor without disruptive joints as are necessary when laying natural stone and tile flooring. Joints are also usually prone to collecting dirt and need intensive cleaning. This additional work is saved with parquet flooring.

Simple repair and exchange: The surface of oxidatively oiled multi-layer parquet is revealed anew immediately when it is re-oiled or sanded. And if greater damage ever occurs it is not a problem. The individual elements can be easily removed and replaced by a professional without a lot of dirt, particularly with total glue down. Exchanging individual floor elements with tiles, on the other hand, is only possible with great difficulty and requires a lot of effort.

Pleasant innate warmth: The surface of oxidatively oiled parquet is always warm underfoot and thus gives you a cosy feeling. Especially if you walk barefoot or in socks a lot at home you will love the natural warmth of wooden floorboards. This is also a clear advantage if you have small children who play on the floor a lot. The under-floor heating is not always necessary straight away because the floor already feels warm innately.