Sometimes homeowners hesitate to put parquet flooring inside their homes because it represents a big pattern commitment. However, you can often exhibit more creativity with a deck since you don't have as many design considerations. You often don't have to match as many fabrics or other patterns. So, with that in mind, consider choosing parquet flooring for your new deck.
Basics of Parquet Flooring
True parquet flooring consists of strips of hardwood that the contractors fit together by hand. They can design elaborate patterns out of strips that have been stained to different darkness levels. However, they also offer more sedate designs both in how they lay the strips and the differing intensity of stain color.
Old-style parquet floors are still painstakingly pieced together out of those thin strips of wood. However, as Bob Vila points out, most modern parquetry consists of square tiles. The manufacturers bond the strips into the chosen design onto a mesh or plywood base. The contractors create the flooring by laying down the tiles, which takes much less time.
Advantages of Parquet Decking
Parquet flooring was originally a very expensive option because of all the labor involved in laying down the thin planks. Therefore, homeowners rarely considered parquetry for decking. However, parquet tiles are actually easier to install than hardwood planks, so they're an ideal option for your deck.
What's more, manufacturers construct parquet tiles out of solid wood. They're prefinished into the desired pattern. Not only does that afford you numerous design options that you can easily see, but the solid wood construction is also sturdy. Such durability is good for outdoor installation.
Choosing a Parquet Deck
A parquet floor inside your home creates connotations of mid-century modern design because parquetry was in vogue at that time. So, if you want to design a retro custom deck, you have numerous options in parquetry design. You usually see geometric patterns with deep staining.
However, a mid-century retro deck isn't your only option. As noted, you can get subtle with the patterning. Indeed, a herringbone pattern can be very chic. Conversely, consider a deck with parquetry that emphasizes its shape. For example, you could choose parquetry with a single dark line just inside the perimeter of your entire deck. This idea works well for a geometric deck.
Originally, contractors used stained oak to create their parquet designs. However, modern parquet tiles also are available in chestnut, ash, walnut, and some exotic species. For the deck, you can also choose from a variety of composite parquet tiles. The designs tend to be simpler, but the resultant decking is very durable.
Talk to your local deck contractor about parquet flooring for your new deck.