Parquet in the kitchen: advice for those who want a parquet floor even in "difficult" environments such as the kitchen and the bathroom.
Therekitchenit's a difficult environment: close to lunch or dinner, it can turn into a real battlefield!
Falling sharp objects, splashes of water and oil, people coming and going, vapors escaping from pots ...parquet in the kitchendoes not risk to be ruined? In fact, yes, if you choose too soft and delicate essences but with the right choices it will no longer be necessary to give up parquet in the kitchen.
Choose the best parquet for the kitchen
There are many types of parquet which differ from each other in essence, finish, durability, impermeability, resistance…. For each environment, you can choose theparquetmost suitable. For all information on the characteristics and differences between the types of parquet, please refer to the page:parquet, how to choose.
For "at risk" environments such askitchenor the bathroom, you can choose parquet that is more resistant to humidity and with high resistance and durability.
Mainly, iparquetmost recommended for bathroom and kitchen are two: wenge and teak. Those who do not want to give up wood fibers but do not want to have any kind of hesitation, could consider a valid alternative to the classicparquetin traditional wood: the alternative in question is bamboo parquet.
Bamboo parquet is particularly suitable for kitchen and bathroom floors. It is almost completely immune to moisture (it is waterproof) and very resistant. In the tests ofBrinell hardnessbamboo parquet proved to be better than all types of wood commonly used for the production of traditional parquet. By hardness we mean the resistance that the lego (or bamboo) strip opposes to penetration. This means that a bamboo floor is much harder to damage than a teak parquet floor would. The hardness (resistance to penetration) of bamboo flooring is only slightly higher than that of wenge.
Parquet in the kitchen
In summary, the choices we have to cover the kitchen floor with parquet are:
Teak is a precious tropical wood, whose color varies from light yellow to bronze. The bamboo parquet comes in different shades of brown, from light (honey) to very dark brown. Wengé is found in darker shades than teak and bamboo. Wenge parquet has good durability and resistance to extreme aggression and is therefore suitable for use in the kitchen.
Other recommended essences:
Parquet and tiles in the kitchen
Another trick to be adopted in order to lay theparquet in the kitchenwithout running the risk of damaging it in a short time, it consists in combining it with the most resistant tiles.
Nothing scandalous! This is not an inappropriate contrast! It is true that tiles and parquet are two completely different elements but with the right choices, this combination can work well.
In practice, the tiles are laid in the most critical areas, such as around the island where the stove is placed, along the kitchen worktop ...parquetit can be combined with floors such asporcelain stoneware which manages to respect the warm tones of wood.
There are many architects who manage to combine these two materials to create an appreciable aesthetic effect. The porcelain stoneware covers the surface near the hob while the parquet covers the rest of the room.
To switch from one material to another, you can use a special joint with colors and designs that allow a more gradual transition betweenparquet and porcelain stoneware.