6 Commonly Used Materials for Your Home

6 Commonly Used Materials for Your Home

Ever wondered what goes into making a house livable?

Find out about the different materials used to transform a bare space into a comfortable environment for rest, work and play.

Putting the spotlight on 6 commonly-used materials, read on to find out just what can be accomplished with the likes of wood, stone, vinyl, and more!

Vinyl

Vinyl is a synthetic material that is capable of mimicking a wide variety of colours, patterns and materials, including the likes of ceramic, wood, and even marble. It is available in two forms: as fixed-format tiles and as trimmable sheets.

Strengths: 
• Sturdy enough to be used in high-traffic areas without significant wear-and-tear
• Does not produce loud noises when stepped on, useful for homeowners with pets and/or young children
• Low-cost flooring option that is relatively easy to install and maintain

Can be used on...
Floors

 

Brands: Floor Melody | The Floor Gallery

Wood

Wood needs no in-depth introduction. This natural material is as versatile as it looks good, and it is used for a variety of purposes in homes: as flooring, as ceiling decoration, and as feature walls.
Other than natural hardwood, you can also consider engineered wood. This man-made option features multiple layers of solid timber that are glued together for extra strength, making it less likely to warp from shifts in humidity, temperature and exposure to moisture.

Strengths: 
• Looks and feels great
• Sturdy and stable material
• Good at absorbing sounds
• Available in a variety of colours: brown, dark brown, red, or even grey

Can be used on...
Floors, ceiling, carpentry 

Brands: Floor Melody

Stone

Just like wood, stone is available both as a natural and man-made material. Commonly-used natural stones include marble, travertine, granite, and limestone, whereas their artificial counterparts consist of engineered quartz. 

Strengths: 
• High heat resistance
• Stone surfaces, especially glossy ones, add a luxurious quality to any home
• Engineered stones have all the beauty of their natural counterparts, but not their weaknesses

Can be used on...
Countertops, floors, walls

Brands: Caesarstone | iQuartz

High-Pressure Laminates

Thin sheets of surface material that are used to 'dress up' interior carpentry works. As an overlay, laminates serve a practical function as well as a decorative one because they are frequently used to enhance the look and feel of a less-refined core.

Strengths: 
• Durable and easy to maintain
• Available in a wide variety of designs, colours and textures
• Resistant to hard impacts, scratches, and moisture

Can be used on...
Carpentry, Feature Wall

Brands: Admira | Arova | Lamitak

Solid Surface

A stone-like, artificial material that is manufactured by mixing either acrylic or polyester with coloured pigments, the solid surface's non-porous nature makes it one of the most durable surfaces for homes.

Strengths: 
• Resistant to bacteria, stains and mildew growth
• Installation is seamless, no grouts or seams that trap dirt or debris
• Does not require any form of special cleaning and/or maintenance

Can be used on...
Countertops, Feature Wall

Porcelain

Like ceramic, porcelain is also made by heating clay, except that it uses a more refined mix of sand, feldspar and water that is fired at a higher temperature. The result: a denser, more durable material than ceramic. Porcelain tiles come in two variants, full-body (or homogeneous) and glazed.

Full body tiles feature a colouring that runs throughout the entire tiles' thickness; meanwhile, glazed tiles feature a coloured, glazed top and may not have the same colouration within its body.

Strengths: 
• Stain and water-resistant
• Has a low moisture absorption rate
• Easy to maintain, durable, hardwearing and long-lasting
• Different hardness levels make it usable in both high and low-wear environments
• Suitable even for outdoor use as it is a denser material
• Available in a wide range of designs, patterns and shapes to suit each interior decor

Can be used on...
Floors, walls

Brand: Soon Bee Huat

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