APRIL 2016 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 71)
Subject: APRIL 2016 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 71)
Send date: 2016-04-01
Issue #: 71
APRIL 2016 ISSUE 71
IN FOCUS: THE GROUND WE WALK ONBy Nicole Kow
We walk over a variety of floor materials on a daily basis but how often do we ever stop to look down to admire or wonder about the ground we walk on. The chances of it happening are more likely when exploring to do up your home or re-do it for that matter. Then it's finding out which flooring material works best and where. Whether you are planning on the flooring of your new home or giving your existing home a floor facelift, you can be spoilt for choice or even lost when exploring the myriad of tiles at the various tile shops. On top of that, what if you’re not just looking at tiles but wood or stone as well? This issue we break down the more popular flooring options.
The most durable and popular option, homogeneous tiles or porcelain tiles are a go-to option for many homeowners. Inexpensive options, these tiles are low-maintenance and can be used throughout most parts of the home including indoor and outdoor. Homogeneous tiles remain a popular option for many homeowners because of the availability and variety that include glaze, unglazed, smooth and rough surfaces not to forget an extensive range of colours and prints. Do take note that due to the variety of finishing, it is essential to ask if the tiles can be acid-washed or not as it might affect the choice of cleaning products used after installation.
Parquet which is teak wood is flooring that is easily identified as short strips of wood arranged in a linear or patterned design. Parquet flooring can be stained from light to dark and is polished into a semi-gloss finishing. A low-maintenance option, the wood is long-lasting and can be retained in existing homes with just a grind and re-polish to return it back to its former glory. Retaining the existing flooring in a home during a makeover is also a more economical option. As parquet typically comes in short strips, parts can be replaced easily to blend in with the existing flooring. This flooring is usually used internally in on staircases and bedrooms due to its warm and cozy charm but not recommended for ground flooring which may encourage termites.
While laminate looks much like wood strips, the material itself is not wood but consists of mainly layers of fiberboard. Laminate is a generally cheaper option to parquet as it simulates wood including details like texture and grain. Laminate also comes in different grades (including grain and shades) from entry level to premium grade. Laminate flooring is pretty versatile to use in bedrooms, corridors and media/family rooms but not in wet-prone areas. Installation of laminate in a room is quick and can be completed within a day or two depending on the size of the space and can be laid above existing flooring for an instant facelift.
An aura of luxe, natural stone especially marble is the go-to option. Most pricey among the other options mentioned, marble comes in different grades with compressed marble (where selected marble chips are binded) being at entry-level and most durable, and slabs for the higher-end options. Marble being a natural stone is characteristically porous by nature and can be stained easily due to absorption. Famously known to be used in halls and living rooms marble’s smooth finish reduces friction causing floors to be slippery especially when used in bathrooms. Similar to parquet existing marble can be re-polished to bring back its luster. Another natural stone is granite which is available in more earthly to dark tones. Available in both polished and unpolished finishing makes it versatile for indoor and outdoor use respectively. Unlike marble, granite is less porous by nature and is low-maintenance. Contrasting to assembling of tiles, the gap when laying natural stone is minimal.
While there are more choices of flooring options available in the market, those mentioned are the most popular selections with at least one material present in any local residence. So next time you walk into a house, try and identify the various materials used.
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