If you decide as a floor covering inApartment use natural parquet, which is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious building materials, its strength and durability will be very important.
Currently, parquet is produced from many types of trees, including exotic, but the most popular types of parquet are beech and oak.
From choosing the type of wood depends not only colorParquet, but also its durability and strength, because the mechanical properties of wood in different rocks are significantly different. Beech parquet belongs to light species, this group also includes ash, birch, pine, maple and larch. The dark varieties of parquet are black and mahogany, walnut. Parquet from oak, cherry, teak and hornbeam occupy an intermediate position.
Basic properties of beech parquet
Beech parquet, belonging to light varieties,Can change its hue by changing the angle, under which the rays of light fall on it. This is one of the most beautiful types of parquet, giving the room a special soft comfort, often it is placed in offices, children's and bedroom rooms. The color and texture of this eco-friendly natural material is beige-gray, matte with a light reddish-yellow tinge, the structure is dense and homogeneous, without a pronounced pattern of annual rings.
Piece parquet, having a thickness of 8 to 22 mm, will allow several times to update the working surface with a cycle machine, and significantly extend the service life of the parquet.
By the density of the beech inferior to the oak and in greaterThe degree is susceptible to increased humidity. As a result of the impact of moisture, even not very long, beech parquet can strongly deform, both stretch, and decrease in size. In rooms where the moisture content is high or variable, the beech parquet should not be used - crevices and gaps may form on it.
Basic properties of oak parquet
This is the most durable and all types of parquet. According to the Russian classification, it includes, along with exotic wood species, category A, all other types of parquets - to category B. With increased strength, the undoubted advantage of oak parquet is its relative cheapness, for example, compared with black and mahogany. This parquet is perfectly suited for those rooms where elevated patency - hallways and living rooms. It can also be used in the kitchen, because it is not as sensitive as beech, to temperature differences and high humidity.
If you use a protective coating of several layers of varnish, oak parquet can be laid even in the bathroom.
In color, the oak parquet is quite wideRange of shades of wood and can vary from light brown to brown tones. Its texture depends on the conditions of growth of trees and the thickness of annual rings. Oak parquet will last you much longer than beech.