When it comes time to make repairs in an apartment, it is not so easy to choose really high-quality materials from all the variety. Perhaps the most important thing is the choice of flooring, because if you save on this, then the next repair will have to be done much earlier than we would like. The most popular materials for flooring are:

parquet board;
cork cover and others.
Why parquet board?

Most often, when deciding to buy a parquet board or other covering, they choose what they like more externally, not always attaching importance to quality. However, this is completely wrong, because with intensive use, a low-quality coating will not last long, and the appearance after 1-2 years, or even earlier, will be far from the same as in the first days after installation. Parquet board is one of the most reliable coatings. Due to the fact that it appeared more than 60 years ago, its manufacturing technology has reached almost perfection, and today, choosing this particular coating, you can be sure that you will not have to think about replacing it for a long time.

The board itself most often consists of three layers located perpendicular to each other, which gives it resistance to temperature extremes and high reliability. Each of the layers has its own purpose. The topmost, it is also the thinnest layer, is primarily needed to make the coating look beautiful. From above it is most often varnished to improve the appearance and increase the life of the board. The middle layer is usually made of conifers. Parts of the parquet board are fixed to each other during installation using joints cut in the middle layer. The bottom layer is also made of coniferous trees, only it is much thinner - about 2mm versus 8-9mm in the middle layer. This layer increases the reliability of the board due to a reliable perpendicular connection with the middle layer.

Installation features

In order for all the advantages of a parquet board to be used to the full, it is necessary to install it with high quality. Correct connection and substrate from below will allow to avoid various squeaks. The substrate is needed primarily to prevent the parquet board from contacting with concrete, which makes it noiseless, as well as to protect it from moisture. Therefore, most often a plastic film becomes a substrate. However, there are alternative options, for example, cork backing, which is an environmentally friendly material and provides high-quality soundproofing of the floor.

The elements of the parquet board, when connected, are glued to each other, or simply snap into place, depending on the type of fastening. In general, the installation technology itself ensures, firstly, its speed, and secondly, the long service life of the parquet board. The quality of the installation is greatly influenced by how well the floor was leveled before installation work, because if it is uneven, then the likelihood that the coating will creak increases significantly. Another important point is the need for a thermal seam (gap) around the perimeter of the room in order to avoid deformation of the parquet board, which may appear if it expands when the temperature changes. After installing the parquet board, the skirting boards should be fixed with self-tapping screws, remembering to leave a gap for thermal expansion. During operation, you can always update the lacquer coating of the top layer of the parquet board, after which it will again look like new.