Natural Wood Parquet or Herringbone Flooring
A natural wood Parquet or Herringbone floor is a geometric mosaic of solid wood floor pieces used for decorative effect. It is created by installing small slats of wood and arranging them in a distinct and repeating pattern. The two main uses of parquetry are as wood veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring.
Natural wood parquet or herringbone floor patterns are entirely geometrical and angular, squares, triangles or lozenges, with the most popular parquet flooring pattern being called herringbone.
Parquet flooring is slightly better in moist environments than straight hardwood flooring because the individual slats in the tiles are less prone to expansion. However, parquet is still predominantly made of wood, and so it will warp, mold, and plump in extremely wet, moist environments such as heavily used bathrooms.
In very general terms when you buy a wooden floor, you can expect a life expectancy of between 5 – 100 years, with a natural wood parquet or herringbone floor lasting for up to 75 years.