As a part of the home renovation Singapore, selecting flooring wisely may seem like a daunting task. Worry not! We bring you a highly simplified guide of different types of flooring and how you can select the right type based on the room in question as well as the materials to steer clear of.

Floors for kitchens, hallways and entryways

The flooring in the kitchen, entryway and bathrooms is subjected to high traffic. Naturally, it should be made with hardworking materials that can withstand heavy traffic as well as water and other environmental hazards. Thus, ceramic and vinyl flooring are some of the best choices for these areas.

Ceramic floors

Ceramic is rather easy to install and many renovation contractors prefer it for its ease of use as well as its ability to be cut and rectified should a mistake occur during installation. Naturally, homeowners must, make sure to opt for a matte or textured finish in ceramic tiles and avoid the glossy ones which are known to cause slips and falls. The downside to ceramic tiles is that they tend to be a bit hard on the feet. Also, ceramic is rather cold and noisy, so in case you happen to drop a glass object, the chances of it breaking are considerably higher. A more popular variant of ceramic tiles these days is the ‘Mosaic tile’. These are nothing but ceramic tiles arranged in pre-measured dimensions and bonded with a backing in 12” sheets. Mosaics tiles are very easy to cut and install and a great option for uneven flooring, thanks to their flexible backing systems.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring mainly comes in 2 varieties: perimeter bond or full spread. Mistake not: these varieties are still available in a wide range of patterns, colours and designs-so you have a lot of options to select from. The full spread vinyl flooring comes with a felt paper backing and needs a flooring-adhesive for gluing to the underlayment and entire subfloor. The perimeter bond vinyl flooring has no backing as a result of which it can stretch or spread during installation. The latter does have a PVC adhesive just at the edges with which the tile can adhere to the perimeter of the room.

guide to flooring materials in Singapore

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Flooring for living rooms

Ceramic, laminate, wooden/hardwood and vinyl are some options in living room floors for Singapore homeowners. There are also some people who like to cover the living areas with carpets or rugs as they are softer on the feet.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring has melamine laminate backing with a second layer of paper or wood veneer. Laminate floors float on the subfloor and their advantages include high durability and resistance to denting, scratching and even cigarette burns. On the downside, laminate flooring is not easy to mend – even if one scratch occurs you might need to replace the entire tile or that section of it. Wear and tear also shows easily in the laminate plastic floors.

Other options

Solid wood is not really a choice in flooring materials in Singapore owing to the high climatic humidity as well as problems like cupping, swelling, discoloration, and buckling etc that accompany it. As mentioned above, you can also opt for wall to wall carpeting provided you invest in a really good and expensive carpet that lasts for a long time. Carpets, in general, are hard to clean and maintain but they are ideal for homeowners looking for non-slip materials to cover their floors.

In conclusion

As is evident, flooring is an important, yet a highly personal building material. Irrespective of the choice one makes, one thing is for sure: as long as we are indoors, we are bound to remain in contact with the flooring. Moreover, we also expect a lot from it: the floor should be attractive, easy to clean, resistant to water and scratching/gouging, durable, and, at the same time, easy on the feet. We hope this guide helps you pick the right flooring material for every room.

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