There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the flooring for your home. Apart from choosing one based on aesthetics, homeowners also have to consider the material, cost and the level of maintenance for the long term (at least 5 years or more for new homes). Below are the 3 types of flooring that homeowners usually choose above all else.
Vinyl flooring has been one of the favourite options for homeowners. Other than offering the look of hardwood at a more affordable rate, it is also scratch and stain resistant. Vinyl flooring is considered highly durable and can be easily replaced. In terms of cleaning, it only requires basic sweeping, vacuuming and mopping to sustain its outlook.
Wood flooring provides a classic look that lives through time because of its natural appearance and warmth. Like vinyl flooring, it is also long-lasting and durable. Certain types of wood darken with age. However, it is not as scratch resistant as vinyl flooring and homeowners must take extra precaution when moving furniture around. The Singapore weather with its high humidity is also not the most ideal for hardwood flooring as wood tend to expand with heat and maintenance cost is higher as well as it needs to be serviced regularly. If you are fixed on hardwood flooring, it is advisable to select materials with high Janka hardness score and tough finishes.
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Maintenance of wood flooring requires a lot more attention. For daily cleaning, it is advisable to use a vacuum with floor-brush attachment instead of beater bar attachment to avoid scratching the floor surface.
It is advisable to use liquid cleaner that are specifically for wood to mop the floor and ensure that the mop is not dripping wet as excessive water or standing water will cause damage to your floor.
Tiles offers many different styles to fit your design theme. There are ceramic, homogenous, glazed full body porcelain and glazed porcelain tiles. It is easy to clean up and extremely scratch-resistant. It is versatile and has a low water absorption rate which is suitable for households with young children. One drawback for most tiles is that you will have to scrub grout lines to remove dirt and grime.
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