We understand that picking out the right flooring for your new home can be daunting when you see the options laid out in front of you.
We break down each of the common flooring types found in Singapore to help you better understand and choose one that will suit you and your new home best.
Marble floors are a premium architectural element made out of natural stone, and are highly popular in Singapore due to its beautiful aesthetics.
Marble costs between $13 and $90 per square foot.
- Elegant and upscaled appearance, it is able to take a very high polish as compared to other natural stones hence achieving a smooth and shimmering look, evoking a high sense of sophistication, elegance and glamour.
- Available in multiple colours and stunning multi-colour mixes, providing you with a variety of options to choose from for different interior design styles.
- High cost, installation is also relatively complicated, resulting in higher costs
- Difficult to maintain as marble is a porous stone and liquids standing on it could seep through and cause discolouration or stains. This, however, can be prevented by properly sealing up the material and frequently sealing it again annually.
- Highly slippery when polished and may be dangerous for families with little children or elderly.
Similar to Marble, Granite is a natural stone flooring that comes in various colours and patterns and adds a level of sophistication and luxury to your home.
Granite costs between $10 and $40 per square foot.
- Incredibly hard and will not be easily damaged by pet scratches or any movement of furniture. When properly sealed, granite is also resistant to water, moisture and stains caused by any acidic substances.
- Doesn’t retain liquids or moisture where bacteria can spread as granite isn’t as porous as other natural stones, keeping it safe for you and your family who may have allergies.
- Granite floors are easy to maintain, an occasional mop or sweep is enough to keep your floor looking as good as new
- High cost, it is also rather complicated to install, hence extra costs might be incurred.
- Highly slippery when polished and may be dangerous for families with young children and elderly.
#3. Homogeneous Tiles
Also known as ‘Full body porcelain tiles’, Homogeneous tiles are made out of special tiling materials and clay. They are a consistent composition of material through the tile body and surface.
Homogeneous tiles cost between $3.50 and $8 per square foot.
- Homogeneous Tiles are heavy duty and are abrasion and scratch resistant. As homogeneous tiles are dense and less porous, they are also resistant to chemical, stains and water, with a water absorption rate of below 0.5%.
- Compared to granite and marble, homogeneous tiles are a lot less slippery due to its material, hence are often used in kitchens and bathrooms.
- At only $2 to $4 per square foot, homogeneous tiles are great for those on a tight budget.
#4. Teak Wood Flooring
Teak Wood is mostly found in Asian countries such as India, Malaysia and Burma and in Africa & Caribbean Islands. Teak planks are noted for their unique colour variations that are caused by different growing conditions. Teak wood flooring could go from $8 per square foot to $150 per square foot depending on the type of wood planks.
Teak wood flooring costs between $7 and $25 per square foot.
- Depending on the type of hardwood material and where it’s from, some of the teak planks are very tough, doesn’t break or splinter easily and can handle high traffic, heavy activities and pets.
- High natural oil content and is resistant to any mold, rotting and insect infestations.
- Due to its tight grains, teak wood planks prevent penetration and humidity, as a result are pretty water resistant.
- Extended exposure to sunlight could cause the colours to fade over time. The natural oils in the planks will also dry out over the years, constant finishing and oiling works will have to take place to maintain its beauty.
#5. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is pretty popular in Singapore. It’s a synthetic material made of PVC along with a few other compounds to give it it’s required hardness, colour and flexibility.
Vinyl flooring costs between $3.80 and $5.50 per square foot.
- Waterproof and stain resistant, hence can be safely used in kitchens as well
- Has a thin foam or felt backing layer, giving it a softer and more flexible floor surface. It reduces noise when you’re walking around and doesn’t get cold, making it comfortable to walk on all the time.
- An occasional sweep or cleaning with a damp cloth or mop would suffice.
- Comes in various designs, styles and colours, allowing you to select the right one to bring your dream home to life.
- As vinyl floorings are soft, they are prone to dents, tears and scratches. There is also a chance that water can seep through the vinyl seams and cause damages. When heavy furniture is placed in the same spot for years, they can cause a dent in the area.
#6. Laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is made of kraft paper boards and resin and often simulates the look of real wood.
It costs between $3 and $5 per square foot.
- Stains can be easily cleaned off, and the surface can be easily cleaned with a vacuum, broom or damp mop. Laminate flooring isn’t as water resistant as vinyl though, so do be sure to not let water sit on the surface.
- Laminate flooring has been tested to be able to withstand high traffic and is also scratch resistant
- There is a layer of foam laid below the laminate which results in a soft and comfortable flooring that’s suitable for families with little children, especially those learning to walk
- Variety in design option
- Any direct impact with heavy or sharp objects can result in chipping
- The softness could be uncomfortable for some as it could feel hollow