Pick Out the Right Flooring for Your Home with This Guide!

Pick Out the Right Flooring for Your Home with This Guide!

It’s the largest surface in your home, which is why you will need to consider all flooring options carefully.

Picking out the right flooring is no easy feat. Not all materials are made the same, they each have their own unique properties. Some are easier to upkeep and maintain, while others are more resistant to scratches and stains, making them better options for pet owners.

Depending on your choice, it can also change the way your home looks – but be prepared, the costs may add up.

So, before you make your final decision, here’s a cross comparison to help you figure out which flooring material suits you best!

Vinyl

As one of the most popular options for homeowners, vinyl needs no introduction. Waterproof, resilient and affordable, it’s great for high-traffic areas with the exception of the kitchen. Unfortunately, vinyl is not resistant to stains from oil and cooking smells.

Of course, with so many options out there, there are different specifications, and what you pick will depend on your personal requirements: Those with pets or children at home may look at non-toxic, non-slip alternatives, while others may choose the more unorthodox stone and metal designs fit for the industrial home.

Strengths:

  • Water, fire and scratch resistant
  • Cost-effective
  • Comes in many designs, styles and colours
  • Non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives available
       Interior design by The Local INN.terior

      Tiles

      Tiles are another classic flooring option, and they can be made of either ceramic or porcelain. And just like vinyl, you can use them to replicate a myriad of looks – think subtle elegance with GANI’s marble tiles that’s on par to a boutique hotel’s to homages with Soon Bee Huat’s vintage lookalikes.

      But more importantly, tiles are super easy to clean AND non-porous. You can use them in high-traffic areas of the home, but also the trickier, wetter areas like your bathrooms. However, you will have to keep an eye on your grout – they don’t hold up as well in comparison.

      Strengths:

      • Non-porous
      • Available in a wide range of styles and colours
      • Durable
      • Stain-resistant
       Product merchant: Soon Bee Huat

      Bamboo

      Bamboo might not be the first material that comes to mind when you think about flooring, but it does have its perks, boasting hardwood-like characteristics, while still remaining eco-friendly as it’s made of a renewable resource. Most importantly, bamboo’s thermal properties are lower than that of vinyl’s, making it a great surface to have when faced with Singapore’s sweltering heat.

      It’s also much easier to install compared to other alternatives: The planks from Floor Melody comes in longer and wider dimensions with a tongue and groove (T&G) profiling that helps to further expedite the process. So if you’re in a rush to get your home move-in ready, this option might be the one for you.

      Strengths:

      • Eco-friendly and sustainable
      • Easy to maintain and install
      • Can be refinished
      • Different wood stains
       Product merchant: Floor Melody 

      Epoxy Flooring

      For the uninitiated, epoxy flooring essentially has two components: resin and hardener. There are several types of epoxy flooring, but for a one-of-a-kind look, we’d recommend the customisable designs at Metallic Epoxy Singapore.

      Here, metallic pigment powder is introduced into the resin and hardener mix. When poured over flooring, it creates unique swirls, ripples, waves and craters that rivals even the swankiest of marble tiles – without the hefty price tag, and a long lifespan of up to 30 years.

      Strengths:

      • Eco-friendly and sustainable
      • Easy to maintain and install
      • Can be refinished
      • Different wood stains
       Product merchant: Metallic Epoxy Singapore
       
      Material Cost Durability Eco-friendly
      Vinyl Mid/Low-range Mid/Low Durable Depends on vinyl type
      Tiles High/Mid/Low-range Mid/High Durable No
      Bamboo Mid/High-range Mid/ LowDurable Yes
      Epoxy Flooring Mid/Low-range Mid/High durable No


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