How to choose between parquet and PVC (vinyl)
Are the words ‘hard-wearing’ and ‘strong’ at the top of your list of priorities in your search for a floor? Sooner or later you will face the following question. Which floor covering is the best for your home – veneer parquet and vinyl or PVC? To help you decide, we will compare them for you, based on the material, feel, durability and maintenance.
Parquet versus vinyl – what are the advantages?
Veneer parquet consists of a thin layer of wood with an exceptionally strong layer of compressed wood fibre (HDF) beneath. Therefore, veneer parquet is a 100% natural product. You can also clearly see this from the design – each plank has a distinct look and a unique character.
There is more good news too. Did you know that wooden floors actually improve the quality of the air in your home? Veneer parquet planks contain hardly any harmful substances and this allows the wood to breath. In other words, veneer parquet works as a natural air filter. This is not the case for floors made from PVC or vinyl.
On the other hand, PVC and vinyl are synthetic floor coverings with a printed motif, for instance, a wood motif. The same pattern is repeated over these floors. Since they are synthetic, PVC and vinyl often feel slightly colder than real wood.
Floors made from PVC are usually 4 to 5 millimetres thick and are sold in strips with click connectors. Vinyl is sold in rolls, it is 2 to 3 millimetres thick, and is glued to the subfloor.