There are many common types of HDB flooring to select from – marble flooring, porcelain tiles, or ceramic tiles, the list is endless. Of the many choices, vinyl flooring, SPC flooring, and laminate flooring are three of the new entrants for HDB flooring. Having arrived in the market in the 1900s, these floor types that are distributed by most flooring companies in Singapore have taken the interior world by storm. Having their own characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, and suitability for specific spaces in your home, choosing the right one for your abode is critical in setting the right foundation. To help with your decision-making process, we give you a breakdown and compare each in this blog.
SPC vs Laminate vs Vinyl Flooring
Products of advanced technology, SPC, laminate, and vinyl flooring are engineered with a rigid core, long-lasting wear layers, and photogenic printed layers with dynamism and versatility placed at the forefront of its design. Since they are not products of nature, like solid wood flooring, manufacturers have the ability to manipulate its composition to improve on its practical aspects while identically duplicating the looks of traditional flooring materials such as wood, stone, or ceramic. So, what exactly are these flooring?
1. Laminate Flooring
With every new development in laminate flooring, its design advances increase convenience and longevity. From realistic bevelling and grooves to improvements to their fibreboard core, it has been years since laminate flooring has penetrated the market in Singapore due to its better construction elements. Today, laminate floors have multiple layers. Its high-density fibreboard contains resin which gives it the dimensional stability and water-resistant properties that it is famed for.
Another man-made flooring type, vinyl flooring, is also known as a resilient flooring type. Like laminate flooring, new technologies have improved the performance of vinyl flooring, making available non-toxic alternatives as well. The preferred choice in HDB and other residential kitchens and living spaces with high foot traffic, vinyl flooring requires less maintenance than laminate floors. It is also more water-resistant than laminates.
3. SPC Flooring
SPC flooring is slowly gaining popularity amongst HDB dwellers due to its affordability and high water-resistance. Manufactured with a strong core layer that can sustain heavy foot traffic, HDB SPC flooring is also eco-friendly and renewable.
Common Properties of All Three Floors
Between all three flooring types, there are certain commonalities – from easy installation to a wide variety of designs, styles, and colours, there is no denying that vinyl, SPC and laminate flooring are similar in some respect. Some of these include:
- Style: These flooring types are available in a variety of patterns and prints that can mimic natural materials like wood and stone.
- Pet-friendly: These flooring types come with a top protective layer that makes them relatively resistant to scratches.
Which Do I Choose?
Knowing the differences and similarities between popular flooring types might come in handy when you are stuck in your decision-making process. Wondering which of these floors is best suited for specific rooms and spaces in your home?
1. Flooring that can be installed in kitchens
SPC and vinyl flooring are your best bet for areas exposed to moisture since they are more water-resistant than laminate flooring which is engineered with wood fibres.
2. Eco-friendly and non-toxic flooring
At Floorrich, all of our products, including our vinyl and SPC flooring, are non-toxic and have been accredited by certification bodies like PEFC, EPLF, and FSC. Since laminate flooring is made of compressed wood fibres, they are technically not as environmentally friendly as aforementioned alternatives.
3. Floors that can be cleaned with ease
Vinyl and SPC flooring can be steamed or cleaned with wet mops. Laminate flooring requires laminate-specific products, and wet mops can never be used as this will cause warping.
4. For the real wood feel
If you are looking for a “bounce” like that of natural wooden floors, laminate flooring triumphs over vinyl and SPC floors.
5. A quiet flooring
Vinyl is known to be quiet underfoot, unlike the empty sound produced when walking over the hollows of laminate flooring. Similarly, the backing layer and softer surface of SPC flooring offers sound-reducing properties too!