tiled paruqet floorHere at MM Parquet & Carpentry we get asked the same question on our travels around the greater Leinster area and that is, is parquet flooring a better option than tiles? So here are some of the pros and cons.

The choice between parquet flooring and tiles ultimately depends on personal preferences and specific requirements. Both options have their own advantages and considerations.

Parquet flooring offers a natural and timeless aesthetic appeal. It is made from real wood, providing warmth and a unique character to any space. Parquet flooring is available in various wood species, finishes, solid , engineered and  different patterns, allowing for customization to match individual styles. It is also a good insulator, reducing noise and providing comfort underfoot. However, parquet flooring also has its main advantage of being sand and refinished and will get better with time as it gets more mature .

On the other hand, tiles offer versatility and durability. They are available in a wide range of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone, offering different colours, patterns, and textures. Tiles are known for their water resistance, making them suitable for areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. They are also easy to clean and maintain, usually requiring only regular sweeping and mopping. However, tiles can feel colder and harder underfoot, and they may crack or chip under heavy impact. Also depending on how the tiles were installed they can be a nightmare to remove to put in a new floor at any later stages.

MM Parquet & Carpentry, we understand the value of solid parquet flooring and engineered parquet flooring and its ability to be revamped over time. Solid parquet flooring is made from solid wood, allowing for sanding and refinishing to restore its original beauty and extend its lifespan. This is a significant advantage over tiles, as they cannot be easily revamped or refinished.
With solid parquet flooring or engineered parquet flooring , you have the flexibility to change the appearance of your floor by sanding off the top layer and applying a new finish. This can be done to remove scratches, repair damages, or simply to update the look of your space. Additionally, solid parquet flooring and engineered parquet flooring can be repaired if individual pieces get damaged, unlike tiles that usually need to be replaced entirely.
Furthermore, solid or engineered parquet flooring offers a warm and natural feel , adding a touch of elegance and timelessness to any room. The inherent beauty of real wood and the various patterns and designs like herringbone , chevron , basketweave just to name a few , parquet flooring has the best versatile and appealing choice.

While tiles have their own advantages, such as water resistance and ease of maintenance, solid parquet flooring provides the opportunity for long-term durability and the ability to refresh the floor’s appearance when needed. At MM Parquet and Carpentry, we prioritize recommending the best options for our customers, and solid parquet flooring is often the preferred choice for those seeking a high-quality, long-lasting, and customizable flooring option.

All of these parquet flooring and plank flooring options can be seen on our recent projects as we have travelled to every county in the greater Leinster area including Carlow , Kildare , Wexford , Laois and recently in Kilkenny 


Ultimately, the choice between parquet flooring and tiles depends on factors such as personal taste, budget, lifestyle, and the specific requirements of the space. It is recommended to consult with professionals, like MM Parquet and Carpentry, who can provide expert advice and guidance based on their knowledge and experience in the field.