Chevron floors (a parquet method where the boards meet in a V) convey pure Paris apartment chic. These three chevron options cater to a range of budgets.
1. Hardwood: Hardwood is the most expensive, but it can last for decades and be repeatedly refinished over time. Contractor Maxim Sologub of Strataline, in Vaughan, Ontario, notes: “It requires an ideal surface.” The process involves removing old flooring, levelling the surface, then installing the new boards.
Cost: Approx. $13/sq.ft. and up.
2. Precut Engineered Planks: Engineered planks are made of layers of wood that are bonded together and topped with a real wood veneer. They can be installed over concrete or in-floor radiant heating because they’re built to withstand temperature variations and resist buckling and warping. It’s possible to self-install a “floating” floor with planks that snap together over an existing floor. If the veneer is 1⁄6-inch thick or more, engineered wood can be refinished a couple of times.
Cost: Approx. $9.50/sq.ft.
3. Vinyl Planks: Printed to simulate natural wood, this option has a click-in system that makes it possible for DIYers to install. Vinyl withstands moisture, so it’s a good option for basements or bathrooms. Be sure to check the product’s warranty for protection against common vinyl flooring issues such as denting and fading with UV exposure.
Cost: Approx. $6/sq. ft.
Photographer: Joann Pai
Source: House & Home September 2019
Designer: Jackie Kai Ellis