Engineered parquet flooring

A guide to engineered parquet flooring

Engineered parquet flooring combines the centuries-old tradition of patterned wood floors with the latest technology in engineered wood surfaces. With floorboards that are more impervious to moisture and changes in temperature and humidity, engineered parquet flooring is ideal for installation over concrete slab, radiant heat or in locations below grade.

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is a leading provider of engineered parquet flooring. While we provide two collections of engineered parquet flooring with herringbone patterns, we also work with clients to create custom designs for contemporary parquet flooring, resulting in one-of-a-kind surfaces that can become the defining feature of a stylish interior.

FAQs: what is engineered parquet flooring?

What is engineered parquet flooring?

Engineered parquet flooring is a hardwood floor that is installed in a pattern, and uses floorboards made of engineered wood. Engineered floorboards are produced with a top layer of hardwood, called the “wear layer”, which is glued to multiple layers of a backing material such as plywood. The result is a floorboard with a stronger core that is more resistant to changes in temperature and humidity, enabling it to be installed in locations with more moisture or higher relative humidity without risking that the floor will warp or crack.

What are the advantages of Carlisle engineered parquet flooring?

While the wear layer in standard engineered flooring is only 1mm or 2mm thick, Carlisle uses a 4mm wear layer that enables you to sand it or refinish it just as you would a solid wood floor. Also, where standard engineered floors typically use several layers of plywood as a backing material, Carlisle engineered floors are enhanced by up to 11 layers of Baltic Birch hardwood backing for an even more stable core. Carlisle engineered floors use only center cut boards to maximize the amount of hardwood for richer overall color, and Carlisle produces engineered floorboards that are up to 10” wide and 12’ long, where the industry standard is only 3” wide and 3’ long.

What kinds of engineered parquet flooring does Carlisle offer?

Any of our engineered floors may be installed with a parquet pattern, and we offer two collections of parquet engineered wood flooring that feature a herringbone pattern. Our Studio Herringbone Collection is made with engineered wood featuring a White Oak veneer in widths of 4” and lengths of 20”, pairing urban style with a traditional herringbone pattern to create a contemporary floor that’s perfect for industrial flats and penthouse lofts. Our Manhattan Herringbone Collection combines the beauty of Rift & Quartersawn White Oak wide plank floors with the classic herringbone pattern and six of our most on-trend colors to create stunning engineered parquet flooring that is the perfect backdrop for a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Parquet patterns for engineered flooring

While our knowledgeable specialists can help you to create a custom design for your engineered parquet flooring, we also offer three classic patterns that have stood the test of time and are still enormously popular today.

Herringbone parquet flooring features a zigzag pattern created by laying out adjoining floorboards at a right angle. With boards that are of equal length and width, the result is an exciting geometric pattern with an appealing sense of movement and asymmetry. The herringbone pattern has been used in textiles since at least 600 BC and first appeared in flooring in the castles and palaces of 16th century Europe.

Chevron parquet flooring also uses a zigzag pattern, but the ends of each board are cut at an angle so that adjoining boards form a V shape. The resulting pattern also has a lot of movement and a dynamic appearance, but it possesses a slightly cleaner and more orderly feel than herringbone.

Versailles parquet flooring uses a highly intricate arrangement of small blocks of wood that are pieced together to form an interwoven pattern which is then bounded in large squares of wood. Versailles flooring is named for the floors that were found in the palace of King Louis XIV of France.

Any of Carlisle’s classic patterns for hardwood parquet flooring can be produced with engineered floorboards for a surface that is both luxuriously elegant and highly stable in its resistance to moisture.

Why Carlisle is your #1 source for engineered parquet flooring

Carlisle craftsmen have been handcrafting the finest wide plank floors in America for more than five decades. Embracing time-honored processes and using the soundest and most reliable timber grown in America’s forests, we produce masterpieces in wood that are the true reflection of a homeowner’s sense of style, and surfaces that are guaranteed to delight and astonish anyone who walks upon them.

When you come to Carlisle for engineered parquet flooring or any other type of wide plank floor, you’ll work with a design consultant who will help you with every detail of creating the perfect floor for your space. Answering questions and offering guidance, our team makes the process of creating your floor almost as pleasurable as living on it. It’s no wonder that our customers feel that the only thing matching the beauty of our floors is the quality of our customer service.