5 BENEFITS OF CERAMIC PARQUET
Little could that first wooden parquet have imagined, the one that adorned the Palace of Versailles at the end of the 17th century, that it would be surpassed in strength and durability without losing its elegance. By reinterpreting its natural grain, the ceramic parquet has arrived to fill an array of different spaces, by innovating with materials such as porcelain or with designs inspired even by handcrafted marquetry. With four versatile Roca collections in the background, we present up to 5 benefits offered by ceramic floor tiles over wood, inviting you to evoke the purest nature without renouncing the maximum elegance and hardness.
As it could not be otherwise, ceramic flooring inspired by wood must perfectly reproduce the irregularity of its grain and the warmth of its features, not only when it emulates the untreated material but also when it represents painstaking carpentry work. By experimenting with hues and shades, the ceramic parquet pays tribute to the most elegant woods, imbuing itself with its classic elegance as well as its unmistakable naturalness.
Resistance and durability
In order to improve the performance of natural wood, the ceramic flooring is reinforced with materials such as porcelain. While scratches and stains are apparent in wood, ceramic composites are highly resistant to wear and impact, making them an ideal choice for exterior flooring or high traffic areas. As they fight sunlight or humidity, porcelain floors maintain their original appearance and color intact. And because they lack pores, they not only absorb less water but also prevent the accumulation of dirt.
Currently, bathroom or kitchen tiles inspired by wood can be used as floor or wall tiles, allowing harmonious compositions that are perfectly integrated in each space. In order to achieve this unified style, the ceramic parquet collections include pieces such as steps and skirting, which are the perfect complement to bathroom, kitchen and even living room floors. By searching the beauty of unique creations, they innovate with tiles of different sizes and designs to surprise with hues and patterns that reflect the most elaborate craftsmanship.
Maximum safety as bathroom floor
When we choose the floor tiles of key areas such as the bathroom or kitchen, we search for the peace of mind provided by features like the antislip property. Compared to the limited finishes provided by wood, ceramic parquet can be reinforced with new materials and textures to ensure the maximum safety in wet or highly transited areas. Thus, ceramic tiles can become the perfect option for the kitchen or bathroom floor but also to even shape original shower trays.
Easy maintenance and cleaning
Ceramic flooring is able to imitate wood not only improving its design and resistance, but also avoiding its complicated maintenance. In order to be kept in perfect condition, ceramic parquet does not require waxing or polishing, simply use water and the usual cleaning products to remain as new. The most abrasive products also achieve good results, as they do not harm the tiles.
Inspired by the marquetry of Northern Europe, the Liceo collection offers a format that is wider than usual, which imitates the natural grain of wood and the shades of varnish. It is available in four colors: Arce, Gris, Roble and Moka.
Sober and versatile, Borneo stands out for the safety offered by its Deck antislip pieces, which replicate an embossed parquet flooring, ideal for humid zones such as pool areas. There are five possible finishes: Gris, Fresno, Roble, Taupé and Sapelli.
Imitating watercolor-painted wood, October experiments with four smooth finishes -Abeto, Gris, Roble and Natural- and with its Chateau versions, which emulate the classic interplays of marquetry by juxtaposing stripes with different widths, patterns and tonal intensities.
With smaller pieces and a unique worn look, Flamant offers four hues -Gris, Abeto, Roble and Ébano- in a smooth or decorated version, with up to seven different designs that reproduce flowers or geometric figures to obtain the most inspiring compositions.