Herringbone flooring

Reliable Flooring Company

What is herringbone flooring?

Traditionally, parquet blocks would be placed in a pattern to form the herringbone flooring. These blocks are much smaller than typical wooden planks. This is done to create the iconic zig zag pattern.  In modern times, herringbone is more commonly achieved with tiles and vinyl. This is due to tiles and vinyl being more accessible and cheaper than wood. 

Why choose herringbone flooring?

It is one of the most popular types of floorings. The natural wood used combined with the striking zig zag pattern helps to make rooms visually interesting. This creates an additional point of interest on top of any furniture or decorations in the room. Herringbone flooring is also a timeless design. While it is found in many old houses, owners of newer houses have also opted for the same design.

Things to consider


The material the herringbone pattern is made from is an important factor when opting for this type of flooring. While traditionally herringbone flooring is made from wooden parquet blocks, tile and vinyl are comparable alternatives. Wooden herringbone flooring requires glue to stick the parquet blocks to the floor. The glue could potentially pose as a health risk as it contains benzene and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is known to cause leukemia and benzene is known to be a pollutant. 


Tile has been used as an alternative to wood to recreate the herringbone pattern. However, it is quite costly as additional costs go into cutting the tile to size and installation. 

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl has also been used as an alternative to wood as it is cheaper. Laying of the vinyl tiles is still required. However, unlike wood, no glue is required.

Advantages of tile and vinyl

Wood is a natural material. This means that it is prone to rot and decay when exposed to water as it is porous. Tile is made of stone which is not porous and is not prone to rot and decay. Vinyl is also not porous as it is made from PVC which makes it resistant to rot and decay.


13 + 12 =