New Hardwood vs Reclaimed Parquet Flooring

If you’re considering updating the flooring in your home or commercial space but are not sure whether to go with new wooden parquet or reclaimed parquet flooring, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

Within this blog, we will share some of the main differences between the two, so you can make an informed decision that is right for you and your space.

What is New Hardwood Parquet Flooring?

Reclaimed Parquet Flooring | Different types of parquet flooring

Parquet flooring is made from hardwood, such as oak, and is usually laid in geometric patterns, formed of singlar small wood blocks. 

Parquet flooring patterns include herringbone, double herringbone, chevron patterns, wood strip, brick bond, stock bond, checkerboard, mosaic, chantilly, basket weave, double basket weave, and versailles. 

Due to the detail required to lay this floor, it can be time-consuming to complete. But laid correctly, and not only will it look beautiful but it will stand the test of time (if looked after correctly).

Once parquet flooring has been laid, a lacquer, stain, or oil is then applied to seal the floor and protect it for years to come.

When restoring parquet floors, a different finish can be applied to the flooring, giving the finished product a completely different look. Such as, going from dark to light flooring. This demonstrates that it can be incredibly versatile to fit the decor and overall requirements.

If environmental impact is a concern when choosing new wooden flooring, ensure the wood and supplier is FSC certified.

What Is Reclaimed Parquet Flooring?

Reclaimed Parquet Flooring | Living room with parquet flooring

Parquet flooring reclaimed, in simple terms means that it has already been used before. This could include being previously used in an old property that is no longer required.

Reclaimed oak parquet flooring as an example is a robust and hard-wearing material, being a favourable choice to choose for both homes and commercial spaces.

Wear and tear, as well as nail marks, may be present on this flooring, however for properties that wish to add character and original features, this is a great way to achieve this.

Due to this, reclaimed parquet flooring can be a fantastic choice when replacing damaged blocks as it can blend in well with your existing flooring. So, it’s good news for those who may have thought their whole floor needs replacing.

It is also a sustainable choice, being the perfect eco-friendly option.

Parquet Flooring Restoration

As mentioned above, if you had previously thought your floor needed a complete replacement, due to parts being affected by water damage, for example,  this may not be the case. It may just be the case that you need to renovate the parquet flooring instead.

Sussex Floor Restoration

At Sussex Floor Restoration, if the floors we inspect are badly worn, or in poor condition, we may recommend replacing them. If this is the case we will use reclaimed wood, providing an eco-friendly solution, whilst fixing the problem completely.

We have created a parquet flooring restoration blog, so our customers understand the process in a bit more detail.

If you are based in Sussex and would like to find out more information about how Sussex Floor Restoration can help restore your floor, please contact us at 01444 810505, or email us at

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