Parquet or tiles? A small decision-making aid

Parquet floors are considered very high quality and elegant. Tile floors have also enjoyed increasing popularity with floor coverings in recent years. What advantages and disadvantages both flooring types have, and where the cost-benefit calculation looks better, read in this article. In addition, what interesting compromise there is.

Price differences


In the case of parquet, of course, one first has to distinguish which type of parquet it is:

  • Real wood flooring
  • high quality two- or three-layer parquet
  • inexpensive two-layer parquet

Real wood or solid parquet starts at prices of around 40 EUR per m² and can cost up to 150 or even 200 EUR per m² depending on the type of wood.

In the case of high-quality multi-layer parquet, prices are generally around 30 - 50 EUR per m², with low-cost types of parquet, prices often start at 10 - 15 EUR per m².


For floor tiles, almost exclusively porcelain stoneware is used today because of the higher quality and better properties. The prices for such tiles are within a wide range.

Even from 25 - 30 EUR per m² you get porcelain stoneware tiles in fairly good quality, but especially high-quality tiles can consistently cost up to 80 EUR per m². Even the more cost-effective tile models are extremely hard and durable, the price difference is often based on special surface designs and designs, less on the hardness and quality of the tiles.

Cost use Bill

Real wood parquet can be sanded several times, depending on its thickness, and thus achieves a very long service life. It usually needs sanding every few years to remove any signs of wear and to renew the seal. There are also considerable costs.

Multilayered parquet can be sanded at most once or twice (depending on the thickness of the wear layer), the service life is limited to a maximum of 15 - 20 years (ideally).

Tiles, especially porcelain stoneware tiles, are virtually maintenance free. But you can still easily achieve a lifespan of 60 years. Due to the high hardness of the tile surface no visible signs of wear in the living area are noticeable. During the lifetime no maintenance and renewal costs for the soil arise.

The cost-benefit calculation is therefore clearly in favor of the tile covering.

Other arguments for tiled floors

There are a few other arguments in favor of floor tiles:

  • Parquet floors are sensitive and care-intensive - tiles are almost completely insensitive to dirt and need no special care
  • On parquet floors easily visible damage can occur
  • The regular sanding of the parquet floor means that you have to completely empty the rooms and can not walk for several days

Tips & Tricks

A really optimal solution are floor tiles in wood look. They can imitate perfectly any kind of parquet (even extremely expensive and rare types of wood), but are completely carefree. Visually, such floors are virtually indistinguishable from an original, especially in large formats.