Your home’s flooring is probably the first contact your guests have with your home and setting the right first impression is key. Flooring also plays a major part in the overall design of your home as it affects the lighting and tone too. More important than that, a well-chosen flooring will make your life easier and more comfortable during your stay. So to help you out, we’ve prepared a list of the most common flooring options and explain the pros and cons of each so you can select the most suitable flooring for your new home, no matter if it’s HDB, condominium or private property.
NATURAL HARDWOOD FLOORING
A naturally made flooring from hardwoods like mahogany, maple, cherry, lime, walnut and even oak. Intricate patterns such as herringbone can be created to achieve a centrepiece for the home.
Herringbone pattern on a public corridor Natural wood flooring needs more care as harsh chemicals or excessive water during cleaning can damage it. Pros
- Luxurious look with an island resort look
- Natural and safe for children
- Can be made to look new by sanding away the top layer and polishing
- Easily scratched
- Discolouration due to constant exposure to sunlight
STONE (EG. MARBLE OR GRANITE)
Nothing says luxury and class like the use of natural stone such as marble and granite for your flooring. This is unsurprising as it’s one of the priciest among this list.
Marble flooring for our client at Rosyth Avenue If you are buying a resale property, you might be fortunate to find marble flooring from the older generation HDBs. In most cases, the stone would have lost its shine but a good buff and polish will rejuvenate the floor as good as new. Pros
- Looks and feels luxurious
- Extremely durable under heavy use and any weather condition
- Does not stain easily despite the use of harsh chemicals
- Needs to be sealed regularly as it’s porous and might “absorb” stains
Vinyl flooring is currently the most popular flooring option in Singapore, mainly due to its affordability and ability to suit many trending designs such as industrial and Scandinavian.
Vinyl flooring for our client at Admiralty Link Vinyl floors are easy to care for without the fear of excessive water during moping or even termites. These are also soft to the touch and can be a really good option for those with elderly as it’s not too cold during the night. Over at Ban Yew, we also have a wide variety of premium 5mm Vinyl Flooring for you to choose from, check out our catalogue nowPros
- Highly resistance to scratches, dents and stains
- Waterproof so spills and wet mops are no longer a worry
- High comfort level as it is soft
- Costs a little more than laminate floorboard
Laminate floorboards are one of the most inexpensive options for flooring and offer a wide range of wood grains to choose from. They are are a great option for elderly who are afraid of the cold touch of the floor.
Laminate floorboard platform for our client at Rosyth Avenue They are relatively easy to take care as there are no grout in between and if one panel is damaged, you can replace it on your own with ease. However, one should be careful when using water to clean as excessive amounts of water will seep into the boards and cause warping or bloating. Pros
- Cheapest option for a new flooring
- Easy to install without a mess
- Susceptible to termites
- Care must be taken when using chemicals or excessive water during cleaning
HOMOGENEOUS FLOOR TILES
Homogeneous tiles are great for adding a touch of luxury to your interior design without breaking the bank and due to their glossy nature, they often reflect light off from your ceiling, making the entire space brighter.
Homogeneous tiles for our client at Clementi Avenue 6 There are quite a variety of designs and colours to choose from but mainly stay close to stone or marble designs. Comparing to these natural stones, homogeneous tiles are much more affordable. Pros
- Luxurious look without the price tag
- Easy to maintain and durable
- Does not discolour easily
- Grout lines may appear dirty over time and might even develop mould
- Glossy tiles are very slippery when wet
CEMENT SCREED FLOORING
With the rise of the industrial look, no flooring looks better with it than a good cement screed. The best part is that it’s probably the cheapest option among this list as even the laminate floorboard will require a layer of cement screed underneath.
To make cement screed last, a good sealer should be used and that will ensure the shine but of course, you will need to reseal when it wears out. Pros
- Cheapest option as a flooring
- Perfect for the industrial look
- Can layover with laminate or vinyl flooring when you grow tired of it
- Without proper epoxy finish, it might easily crack
- Very slippery when wet
At Ban Yew, our team always advise you on the best flooring option for your new home based on design and budget. If you are interested, why not request for a no-obligation quotation to see how we can help you achieve your dream home. If you are interested in vinyl flooring, don’t forget to check out our in-house Premium Vinyl Flooring catalogue, we just might have what you are looking for. We hope you find this list of flooring options useful for your next renovation project and it would have helped you make a better-informed decision especially if it’s your first home.