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Lacquer is a popular finish, often referred to as the contemporary varnish due to the shiny appearance it creates. It is used as a protective coating, forming a film over the blocks to prevent water from penetrating the wood. This is different to the more natural looking oil finish that seeps into the wood to protect it that way. Lacquer however creates an attractive modern look that has many benefits, especially on parquet flooring.
A main disadvantage that usually applies to lacquer is that when one part of a floor has to be re-lacquered, the entire floor needs to be treated again after sanding. However, with parquet blocks, this is not necessary. As they are separate, it is possible to only re-sand and refinish the blocks required, making the finish a cheaper long term option than non-parquet equivalents.
Lacquered finishes can fit into modern and traditional decors, as there are different options available - gloss, semi-gloss or matt - depending on your taste. This allows you to use a lacquer without removing the natural texture and character of the wood. The glossier a lacquer is, the more spacious it will make a room appear due to the reflective effect. This makes it useful in small rooms, or if you wish for coloured decor to be more powerful in a room. The shine also helps create a positive atmosphere in your home by reflecting natural light. Natural light can be prevented from damaging your floor with a UV filter which is built into some of our products.
The shine of lacquer makes it easier to clean, meaning there is no need for hours of scrubbing - this is true also for parquet, which can be removed block by block to deep clean more difficult stains easily. They can also be removed easily upon any damage, although this is hard to cause with a protective lacquer. As a result, we recommend these floors in high traffic areas - parquet can distribute weight more evenly for this too.
Although more resistant to spillages, lacquer does not make a floor 100% waterproof. For this reason, we suggest reading our maintenance guide found on each product page under the installation tab for instructions on how to best look after your floor. Clean up spillages as soon as they occur.
150mm Pearl Satin UV Lacquered Click Herringbone Engineered Oak Wood Flooring 14/3mm Thick
90mm Brushed & UV Oiled Herringbone Engineered Oak Wood Flooring, 18/4mm Thick
90mm Pearl Satin Lacquered Herringbone Engineered Oak Wood Flooring, 18/4mm Thick
150mm Golden Lacquered Click Herringbone Engineered Oak Wood Flooring, 14/3mm Thick
100mm Prime Pearl Satin Lacquered Herringbone Engineered Walnut Wood Flooring, 14/2mm Thick
70mm x 490mm Natural Pearl Satin Lacquered Oak Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring, 11/4mm Thick
65mm x 490mm Prime Pearl Satin Lacquered Oak Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring, 11/4mm Thick
90mm x 600mm Coffee Stained & Lacquered Chevron Engineered Oak Wood Flooring, 18/4mm Thick