What is parquet?
Parquet is a high-quality floor covering made from wood. Hardwoods are typically used for processing, frequently oak or beech. But other hardwoods too, such as maple, ash or walnut and even larch, are also possible options. Each wood species offers its own special properties.The wooden floor has developed to include two main types principally: solid parquet or multi-layer parquet.
Solid parquet is the time-honoured way of installing a wooden floor. It consists of one complete piece of wood. Once solid parquet is installed, a couple of finishing touches are still needed, as it is then sanded and sealed on site. In former times, the boards were nailed, screwed or glued down. There was usually no fixed connection between the boards, which can be seen from the gaps between the boards, for example, in old farmhouses. That’s because wood is a living material. Wooden floors react more strongly to temperature fluctuations and changes in humidity. Parquet recedes in winter and tends to swell in summer. These fluctuations are much greater in solid wood flooring.
Multi-layer parquet is the modern variant of a floorboard. This type offers many advantages since the floor works much less and the environment is protected thanks to lower resource consumption: A two- or three-layer construction is possible. The visible upper layer is called the wear and tear layer. It is made of choice, high-quality precious wood and according to its generic name must be at least 2.5 millimetres thick. The thicker the top layer, the more often you can sand it down. Beneath this layer is a middle layer and possibly also a third layer, which is generally made from softwood. This improves the stability, especially with a transverse middle layer. This more stable multi-layer construction also allows a click connection to be fitted, which distinguishes today's easy-to-install parquet floors.
Where can parquet be used?
Parquet offers the benefit of a wide selection and therefore diverse applications: You can design your home so that every room is shown to best effect. Every step you take.Installation in living areas and bedrooms is the classic application: Click parquet in longstrip appearance radiates a natural warmth in the bedroom for example. Bright floors, in oak for example, are especially attractive. And ensure a minimalist ambience. Finished parquet made from darker wood is ideal for large spaces with white furniture. Floorboards can also be found increasingly in the kitchen. Chestnut brown beech adds an exciting contrast to modern kitchen lines.Realise your dream living space: Thanks to modern methods, you can even install parquet in the bathroom. It is oiled twice following installation and can ward off moisture optimally.Those who like especially fashionable looks can fit the oak boards to the wall using a rail system. And create wall panelling with warmth and character.
Underfloor heating is at the top of most house owners' wish lists because it provides pleasant warmth and helps to save energy. So why not mix beauty with pleasure? Topping off your new underfloor heating system with a beautiful parquet floor brings that extra feel-good factor to your home.
Parquet over underfloor heating: is that really possible?
Thanks to modern manufacturing processes, an increasing number of wood types can be used over underfloor heating without problems. The HARO brand is among the technological leaders. All the products in the HARO Parquet range are suitable for installation over underfloor heating, and offer a huge choice to suit all tastes, styles and budgets. Even wood species like beech have been tested and approved by HARO for use with underfloor heating!
Saving energy and protecting the environment
By choosing the combination of parquet floor and underfloor heating, you save both money and natural resources. Compared to heating with conventional radiators, underfloor heating allows reducing the room temperature by about 3°C – for the same felt air temperature! This considerably reduces energy consumption. It addition, using multilayer parquet instead of solid wood floorboards protects the environment and saves natural resources. For example: from one cubic metre of oak wood you can make only about 35 square metres of solid wood parquet, but about 115 square metres of multilayer parquet using state-of-the-art manufacturing methods.
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Laminate: Everything that you should know about this multipurpose flooring
If your new apartment is just begging to be renovated and you want to take on the job yourself, you can’t go wrong with a laminate floor. Thanks to modern décors, it is hard to tell laminate and parquet apart. From oak* and maple* to chestnut*, laminate adds the natural glow of wood to your floor. This floor covering is particularly tough and easy to care for. Installing laminate floors is also child’s play. With the help of click laminate, you can become a floor-installation professional with little background knowledge.
Advantages that impress
There are good reasons why laminate is one of the most popular floor coverings. Obviously, the boards are true all-rounders. Anyone who installs laminate can look forward to having a tough floor that has an above-average degree of scratch, abrasion, impact and dent resistance. The chic boards will retain their brilliance even after years of use thanks to their ability to withstand heat and UV light. You can start looking forward to your house-warming party right now. Even the glowing end of a cigarette cannot damage laminate. The easy-to-maintain flooring covering comes in the widest range of décors. The Plank 1-Strip Vintage Oak* will go extremely well with your vintage furniture, while Oak Smoked Heartwood* emits cosy warmth. Perhaps, though, you are more interested in a bright laminate like the décor Oak Dolomiti*. In the end, your personal taste will make the decision for you. But you can be certain that your guests will definitely do a double take before they realise that they are not walking on floors made of real wood. Our high-quality laminate with the authentic wooden floorboard look not only appears elegant and natural, but is also easy to install. But click laminate should not be installed on a previously laid floor covering. Particularly if you decide to use floating installation, you should remove carpeting before you start work to guarantee an optimal result. Do you live in a rental flat? No problem, because the floor can be removed just as easily as it can be installed.Our modern laminate floor is even suited for underfloor heating and underfloor cooling.
What is laminate actually composed of?
Laminate and parquet have different compositions. The top layer of our laminate is made of high-quality plastic instead of wood. Laminate floors consist of a base layer, for which HDF boards are generally used, and a décor layer. The overlay is formed by a specially impregnated layer that lends extra toughness to the laminate. Stabilising balancing laminate and – if selected – an insulation underlay complete the range of layers, which are pressed together through the application of high temperatures and pressure to produce a completed board. High-quality laminate is characterised by elaborately designed surfaces, among other things. In the process, the grain and structure of real wood are copied. It is something that you can see and feel. The result is an individual board look that is hard to distinguish from real wooden flooring.
Click laminate is a snap to install
Have you selected a décor and now want to get to work? No problem. Floating installation of laminate with our click system is child’s play. No matter whether you selected the Plank 1-strip or longstrip look, you will be able to start using your new click laminate faster than you think. Before you install your laminate floor, you should make sure that the subfloor is level. As a result, you will have a floor that is slip resistant and quiet while retaining its beauty for years to come. Should you discover an uneven place or two on the subfloor, you simply have to even them out with a levelling paste that creates a level surface all by itself.During the installation work, the individual elements of the click laminate are connected to one another and not to the subfloor. The important point to remember is that you have to leave enough space between the wall and floor. Distance spacers that you can easily remove once the job is completed will help you here. Without expansion gaps, bulges may develop in the laminate over time. Click laminate is the easiest and fastest way to gain a beautiful floor with décors like the ones you will find only in nature.
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DISANO by HARO design floor
The healthy living,100% PVC- and plasticiser-free alternative to vinyl flooring.
As its most striking features, DISANO's underfoot softness and warmth are highly impressive from the moment feet touch its surface. In addition, they are extremely durable and can effortlessly withstand heavy furniture without permanent marking. Apart from being easy to clean, DISANO is a real gain for a healthy atmosphere of well-being in your home. The water-resistant variants increase its legendary durability even more.
HARO attaches great importance to healthy and non-toxic floor coverings. This is why our DISANO Design Floor by HARO is not only soft, warm to the touch, durable, easy to clean and quiet - in addition, it creates a healthy living environment. DISANO is free from PVC, plasticisers and phtalates, which is why DISANO was certified with the Blue Angel and Eco Label. This makes it the ideal floor for an appealing and inspiring home that is easy to clean and adds to a healthy living environment.
100% free from PVC, plasticisers, phthalates and heavy metals
Uncomplicated and exceptionally easy to maintain
the most beautiful design floor thanks to particularly authentic wood styles with genuine bevelled edges on 4 sides
Resistant to fading under UV light – no colour change
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Naturalness is a trump card when it comes to designing modern rooms full of cosiness and atmosphere.We offer you an attractive options to use the unique radiance of wood for wall design as well as for stair trims and even for your living room table.
Precious Wood Table
The tables are produced from original parquet and allow you to personalise your interior design. Whether rustic or classical – we offer you the perfect solution.
Trendy developers are opting increasingly for designing walls or partial surfaces with tasteful floorboards. Installing our floors on the wall is also really straightforward.
Set stylish accents and use the naturalness of textured wood surfaces for extravagant room design.
Floor on the Wall
To create an extravagant interior design, you can simply continue your parquet floor as wall panelling also.
We include matching stair nosings in our range for glue-down installation so you can design your stairs to match your floor. You can thus combine two levels elegantly with your favourite floor and therefore create a harmonious sense of space.
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Glue down installation
When the floor is firmly glued to the subfloor, it cannot 'work' the way a floating floor would. This reduces footfall sound and also facilitates later renovation. We also recommend a glue-down installation if you want to add the luxury of underfloor heating, because you will achieve a better heat transfer that way.
Where there is light, there is shadow – gluing down a floor costs more and takes longer compared to a floating floor. That's why many shy away from this installation type. Problems from solvents in the adhesives are history, however, if you use the proven low-emission, environmentally safe parquet adhesive from HARO.
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