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Bathu
03-11-2008, 04:44 PM
I live in a double storey link house in USJ. All my bedrooms are on the 1st floor. I plan to replace the parquet flooring in all my bedrooms with either solid wood or laminate floor.

Assuming, if I can get a solid wood floor for nearly the same price as laminate floor (may be a bit more expensive), would you recommend a solid wood floor or laminate floor? I plan to stay in this house for a long time.

coleslaw
03-11-2008, 04:50 PM
i would say solid wood...

fRaNkY
03-11-2008, 05:05 PM
I suggest solid marble... one of these days... white ants coming to say hello to you! :D

Avoid wood flooring.

Phres
03-11-2008, 05:10 PM
i was told laminate flooring carries lifetime warranty against termites.... :)

kwchang
03-11-2008, 05:24 PM
I suggest solid marble... one of these days... white ants coming to say hello to you! :D

Avoid wood flooring. Not true - go for solid tropical hardwood floors - they are termite resistant. Termites will be a problem if you go for the softwoods. Check with the flooring supplier.

Please note that laminates are made from processed wood - maybe a veneer over other materials which may not be wood-based. You should do your research thoroughly because you will be paying premium prices

CS Chua
03-11-2008, 06:02 PM
Solid wood definitely. However maintenance will be high.

coleslaw
03-11-2008, 06:08 PM
Solid wood definitely. However maintenance will be high.
not true..i hv solid wood thru out the whole hse. hv yet to do anything..it's been 10 yrs oredi..

bslee
03-11-2008, 07:46 PM
Actually parquet should be BANNED!.. its a LOUSY flooring product and very likely give problems within 10 years!. Parquet flooring attracts dust like nobody's business and contribute the FILTH in the house, eventhough my windows are shut tight all the time. Another UGLY feature is NACO window panes and framework..another BLARDI ugly cheapskate feature!.
I might as well call for SAVE THE FORESTS and ban wood parquet and windows in favor of other materials.
Its blardi unfortunate I have to live within a period where parquet flooring is a preferred choice by developers. DAMN!


I suggest solid marble... one of these days... white ants coming to say hello to you! :D
Avoid wood flooring.

You think termites only eat floor flooring?..You forgotten your roof structure? Only yesterday I did something in the roof area and found how POOR quality and softwood used in the ceiling structure/framework. The wood doesn't look tanalized nor fit for construction use...next to firewood perhaps. Termites perhaps need a week before the roof crashes down on you..heh!
USJ developer homes look nice on the outside but S*** in its material quality!
You're ALL screwed!

ESLord
03-11-2008, 09:12 PM
I also vote for solid wood. I replace the parquet upstairs of my old house (well, my dad's house before i moved out) with solid wood 4 years ago. That's RM 10k back then. Approx Rm20/sqft.

Do take note that there is no "absolute" "solid" wood. The solid wood they sell is actually made of 3 or 5 layer wood bind together. Only the top layer is the selected wood such as maple, birch etc. The lower layer is other wood, which is of durable quality, but not so eye appealing.

As for the "laminate" flooring, they are actually saw dust, bind together with binder under high pressure. The top layer, should be a layer of syntetic material which is scratch resistant and water resistant.

Resistant not equal to Proof.

I chose solid wood as i got more natural feel, and it suppose to be more durable. Also if top layer is scratch badly, you can actually get someone to polish off.... (just like parquet). However, not sure if it is economical to do that.

kwchang
03-11-2008, 11:50 PM
ESLord, I wonder how come your "solid" wood flooring is a laminate of multiple woods? As far as I know solid wood floors are of only one type of wood - for example Teak or Burmese Iron Wood. There are also Malaysian tropical hardwoods.

By the way, the wood flooring supplier, if they are worth their salt, should recommend or provide the coating material for your finished floors. I know of Lumber Mart who supplied a liquid paint-on floor finisher ("free" with the wood supplied) that is scratch resistant - ie can be used in offices where people walk on the wood floors with their shoes on.

CS Chua
04-11-2008, 10:23 AM
not true..i hv solid wood thru out the whole hse. hv yet to do anything..it's been 10 yrs oredi..
I guess I am the unlucky one. I chose solid timber and it was really nice when it was new. However termites attacked it subsequently (even though the premise was treated against termites) and later on, rain water leaked and the floor board warped so we walked on rolling hills for a while. The shine goes off after a few years and it needed to be varnished and polished again.

I will take the 2.5ft x 2.5ft porcelain tiles next time.

ESLord
04-11-2008, 11:54 AM
ESLord, I wonder how come your "solid" wood flooring is a laminate of multiple woods? As far as I know solid wood floors are of only one type of wood - for example Teak or Burmese Iron Wood. There are also Malaysian tropical hardwoods.

Hmm... then this must be a premium.... a decent real solid wood table measure 15 sqft already cost a bomb. Can't imagine how much to do flooring of whole house of 600 or more sqft.

coleslaw
04-11-2008, 11:57 AM
chua,
what wood did you use?..or maybe the wood is like what eslord mentioned. mine is solid timber strips..
mine still intact, varnish and all..despite kena overflowing aircon water (kid's room), being mopped daily. warpping pun takde!!..remembered the contractor insisted, after laying the timber strips, it must be left alone for 2 wks before sanding and varnishing, to allow it to settle and dryout..not that i know any better.

CS Chua
04-11-2008, 12:54 PM
chua,
what wood did you use?..or maybe the wood is like what eslord mentioned. mine is solid timber strips..
mine still intact, varnish and all..despite kena overflowing aircon water (kid's room), being mopped daily. warpping pun takde!!..remembered the contractor insisted, after laying the timber strips, it must be left alone for 2 wks before sanding and varnishing, to allow it to settle and dryout..not that i know any better.
Cannot exactly remember as that was in 2001. It is a Malaysia wood, maybe merbau or something like that. It has a nice yellow rather than the darker color.

stanleywkh
04-11-2008, 03:08 PM
I would like to ask all you experience forumners how do they install the wood flooring.

My house 1st floor is all parquet flooring and many have been detached and also gone missing. Once I used glue to stick back but they hardly lasted for 2 months. Now I am using cellotape.Ugly but better.

I m also interested in wood flooring. Wanna ask do the contractors just install the wood flooring on top of the old parquet. How about scratch resistance? Which one better solid or laminated. Thanks.

Phres
04-11-2008, 03:15 PM
installing solid wood on top of the parquet is not a good idea. what if termites attack the parquet underneath?