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    Wooden Flooring

    I thought I would post this link as I have not seen this in Thailand before sorry if it is old news

    Quick Step Laminate floor Thailand - Laminate flooring Thailand

    So has anyone seen it or fitted it yet ?

    And is it any good ?

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    This aspect sounds good:

    FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH UNDERFLOOR HEATING

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    It used to be extremely expensive here, ie more expensive than real wood.

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    Got this in my house nice and easy to fit


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    Used loads of this stuff in Uk whilst renovating houses.
    I would rather have a nice quality laminate than parquet real wood flooring as that stuff scratches too easily.
    Good to see they are offering a range of skirting solutions. Its finishing around the room that is the tricky thing with this stuff.
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    Believe it or not I spent this afternoon with a friend of mine who is a carpet fitter, for the last 2 years he was in England he done laminated flooring, any bumps under the laminate will cause it to crack in about 3 months, go have a look at your average concrete floor in Thailand and work out how long the laminate will last



    Quote Originally Posted by Old Codger
    real wood flooring as that stuff scratches too easily.
    yes but it is designed to last 100's years, ie you just re sand it down and revarnish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    go have a look at your average concrete floor in Thailand
    Thats what I was afraid of but in the pictures doesn't it show some sort of padded sheet between the concrete and the laminate ?

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    If you leave carpet underlay under the laminate the laminate cracks, most second floors of buildings have a floor height variation of about 3 cms so it will crack

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    So, what do you use if you want a wood floor?

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    10 mm ply wood first as the underlay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    10 mm ply wood first as the underlay.
    So, you've got plywood laying on concrete sitting on soil that's damp much of the year....

    What do you use for a vapor barrier?

    (These are not rhetorical questions. I've love to have wood in my new house, but I'm kind of scared of putting wood over concrete....)

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    You can chuck plastic under the ply wood, although I have to admit all the ones we have done that has never needed to be done as the concrete was not in contact with the soil, ie condos or second floors of houses or raised showrooms, I will have to give that some thought

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    Arrow Wood massive and composition flooring

    This company ^ sells both the plastic lookalike wood and real wood laminate.

    Index Living Mall also have a selection but I don't think they have a web site.

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    How about laminated bamboo. Anyone do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    How about laminated bamboo.
    I have seen it used for partition walls but not for flooring

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    How about laminated bamboo.
    I would guess that bamboo would raise splinters very easily if used as flooring. I have seen it used as decorative finish on table tops - I think they split the bamboo then steam it and roll it flat - but that would not have the same heavy wear as a floor.
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    My friends have used laminated bamboo. It's really good stuff. It's as tough as hardwood flooring, and it looks really nice. Also, termites don't eat it as it is grass not wood.

    There are a few big Chinese companies doing it. You can buy it at HomePro as well. My friends had theirs made by a guy on Silom.

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    Bamboo flooring is all the rage in the US now. Looks good. Lasts a long time. Made in Thailand or Philippines, I think....

    I will check Home Pro.

    Thanks.

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    If you use the proper high density underfloor the laminate should not split or crack unless base is very uneven. Doing laminate stairs can be a nightmare. Also stair noses for laminate floor can be very expensive.

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    I went to Home Pro yesterday. I don't know how they price flooring here. Is it by the square meter? Anyway, the bamboo was 1800 baht. Laminated wood was about half that.

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    I have the same flooring in the bedrooms on the 2nd floor of my house, it may be from a differant supplier, but the joints are the same, mine is real wood, Burmese teak, and boy does it look good, been down for 7 years and still shines like glass, do not have a pic handy, when i get one i will post, it's as good now as it was wnen they laid it, no problems at all,

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    I had wanted hardwood floors in my living room and guest bedroom but went with laminate because I have two inside dogs and didn't want to deal with the scratches and upkeep. The laminate looks great, easy maintenance. As far as the dogs...noisy with their nails clicking, and they can't get a good stance when we play with their pulltoys, but it makes for some amusing entertainment. They also tend to slide as they run round corners.

    Love the look of the bamboo laminate -- we're planning to put it in the bedrooms upstairs.

    We were warned off the laminate on the lower level of our house, as it's concrete and could have the moisture problems. It's installed on the second level -- underflooring is plywood. We've had no moisture problems.

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    I hate laminate flooring!! it has taken the place of suspended celings and all those pseudo DIY things that everyone sticks in their houses, without much thought

    it does not look good, unless you shell out for the top quality ones with real wood top. Even then, it is just OK, better go for real wood.

    The laminate is usually laid on top of a special sheet, and is floating. It can squeak a lot too

    The bamboo sheets look good, I have used them to make the inside of my wooden house in CM city look better. Much easier on the eye, and better sound insulation. You can varnish them to make them tougher too

    as for flooring, I have no idea on that, but splintering may be a problem, even if varnished

    I want to lay wood floors in a cement house (not yet built)

    is it better to lay the planks on the cement, direct (fixing?) or would it be better to get the builder to leave the floors open and put beams across to support the planks? maybe that would be more tricky and expensive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    would it be better to get the builder to leave the floors open and put beams across to support the planks? maybe that would be more tricky and expensive?
    I had thought the same thing. Basically, a false floor on floor joists built over the concrete. easy to repair, a great place for plumbing or electric too! The floor/wall/low cupboard intersections would be easy enough to handle. Of course there would be added costs, but well worth it, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    would it be better to get the builder to leave the floors open and put beams across to support the planks? maybe that would be more tricky and expensive?
    I had thought the same thing. Basically, a false floor on floor joists built over the concrete. easy to repair, a great place for plumbing or electric too! The floor/wall/low cupboard intersections would be easy enough to handle. Of course there would be added costs, but well worth it, I think.
    I am pretty sure you would need some type of a sub floor unless the wood floor was free floating (like laminate). Even if the floor was free floating you would want some sort of a cushion pad underlay.

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