Myths and Facts About Common HDB Flooring

Ask a friend what the best HDB flooring material is and compare their answers to that of a flooring contractor – there is a high chance that their answers will vary. That is not to say that one is lying or trying to scam you into installing a more expensive option. The fact of the matter is that since there are so many choices in the market today, engineered to cater to varying needs and serve different functions, it comes as no surprise that questions like “what is the best flooring for my home?” are met with inconsistent replies. We get it, this might make your decision-making process even more confusing, but this article will cover the common misconceptions of popular flooring types available at Floorrich to help you better navigate the vast world of flooring.

1. Myths and Facts About Vinyl flooring

Vinyl Flooring | Floorrich

Possibly one of the most common HDB flooring types, vinyl flooring is a finish that is even offered in the Optional Component Scheme (OCS) for new BTO homeowners. Despite being non-toxic, water-resistant, and affordable, it is still a victim of scrutiny. Here are some of the myths associated with vinyl flooring.

Myth 1: Vinyl and laminate flooring are the same thing

Laminate and vinyl flooring are both standouts when it comes to new and economical flooring choices. Even from a distance, both these options look similar. But what is laminate flooring, and how is it different from its vinyl alternative? Firstly, their composition varies. LVT has a 100% synthetic vinyl core, which offers more flexibility compared to the stiff plywood core of laminate flooring.  Because of this composition variation, vinyl floors can be installed in more areas like the kitchen, powder room, and mudroom where laminate floors cannot. 

Myth 2: Vinyl flooring is not durable 

From being accident-prone to its top layer fading within a few years, there are many “rumours” about vinyl flooring. Many think that vinyl is slippery when in reality, it has higher resistance than other flooring types like tiles. Made of 100% polymer materials, the high dimensional stability of vinyl floors remains unrivalled. 

Myth 3: There are limited options and they look fake 

Many assume that since vinyl is a manufactured product, it looks fake and monotonous. However, with technological advancement, the newer iterations of LVT look like natural material such as wood since deeper embossing is possible.

Myths and Facts About Solid Wood Flooring

Known as the material that never goes out of style, solid wood flooring is famed for the opulence it exudes. So, what could one possibly misunderstand about this flooring type?

Myth 1: Timber flooring is hard to maintain  

Sure, timber flooring cannot be exposed to too much moisture as it can cause the flooring to warp. But other than that, being a product of nature, solid wood flooring is extremely robust and can be easily maintained with regular sweeping. Extremely dense and sturdy, its dimensional stability can prove this myth otherwise. 

Myth 2: It is too expensive 

Now, this is a myth that cannot be countered easily. However, taking on a different perspective is highly encouraged. This is because timber flooring is often seen as an investment. Also, when you purchase flooring from reliable flooring companies like Floorrich, you can be certain that you’ll not only get a quality product but also get it at an affordable price. Throw in the fact that customers will be given a 10-year residential warranty, and the cost of solid wood flooring might not seem that exorbitant.

Myths and Facts About SPC Flooring

Relatively new to the market, SPC flooring makes use of advanced technology, claiming its spot as an ideal flooring choice for HDBs. However, due to its novelty, there are a few misunderstandings about it. 

Myth 1: SPC flooring can only be installed in dry areas

This cannot be further from the truth. Being 100% water-resistant and slip-resistant, SPC flooring can be installed in several areas of an HDB, even spaces exposed to high levels of moisture. For example, just like vinyl flooring, you can use them in the kitchen and powder room.

Myth 2: SPC flooring looks boring 

Many think that SPC flooring will look like cement flooring because of its name – Stone Polymer Composite. However, like vinyl flooring, it has a realistic look and might even have texture, amplifying its appeal. Its denser feel also makes it more realistic, mimicking that of harder materials like stone.

Myths and Facts About Engineered Wood Flooring

Beyond solid wood, another economical option is engineered wood flooring. Closely related to the famed hardwood floors, there is bound to be confusion. 

Myth 1: It’s just a cheaper version of timber flooring 

This might be true, but it engineered wood flooring is more than just a “cheaper version”. It is the closest thing to solid wood flooring compared to other flooring types that only look like wood. As a matter of fact, it lasts for years too. This translates to its capability of increasing your property value just like the hardwoods!

Myth 2: It cannot be refinished 

Although engineered wood flooring cannot be refinished as many times as solid timber, it still can be sanded down at least once or twice throughout its lifetime. So, if you’re all for maintaining your wood flooring and revamping it every few years, note that you can do the same with engineered woods, just not as frequently. 

Things to Consider When Choosing HDB Flooring

The perfect interior design, classic furniture pieces, immaculate wall paint, and a couple of personal accents – these are some of the vital aspects of a home that will work to make any living space complete. However, before any of these elements can be added, a solid foundation must be first established. As with any project, the groundwork should be done before going all out to get our desired results. Of course, when you purchase a house, important structures would have already been installed. From structural systems such as walls, subfloors, framework, and a roof to functional systems like windows, plumbing, and electrical systems, these are a bundle deal when you put in a down payment. In Singapore, soon-to-be homeowners of a BTO flat are even given the additional choice to opt-in for the Optional Component Scheme (OCS). Want complete freedom when choosing the flooring for your HDB? You can have that too!

Whether you’ve bought a BTO flat or a resale one, you’re allowed to choose from the common types of HDB flooring and re-do your home in whatever way you want. But with freedom comes responsibility – the liberty to choose any flooring material is not one to be taken lightly. There are several things to take note of when choosing the right flooring for your home. What are these? Cover them in this blog.

Consideration #1: Budget

Setting aside sufficient funds for any renovation project is important – and the same applies to the reconstruction of your HDB flooring. Beyond thinking about the present and what will look nice and work in your favour now, deciding on flooring is a whole other ball game since you’ll have to choose wisely based on your future needs too! Why? Because unlike wall paints or furniture pieces that can be easily replaced, flooring does not function the same way. It requires professional work like hacking or reinstallation, and this takes time, effort, and most importantly, lots of money. This is especially so if you’ve just purchased a resale flat. Don’t like the flooring installed by the previous owner? Well, you’ll either have to live with it or hack the floors and get new ones. As mentioned, those who’ve bought a BTO flat have the luxury of signing up for the OCS scheme, but even then, your choices are limited to those offered by the government.

So, how do you ensure you pick the right flooring material that will not incur additional costs in the future? For one, you’ll have to factor in the longevity of the type of flooring and decide if it’s worth the investment. Are you planning to stay at the same place for a long time but foresee yourself renovating your home in a couple of years? If that is the case, choose durable yet cheap and easy to manipulate flooring like non-toxic vinyl flooring. If your goal is to increase the value of your home, then any type of wood flooring, like hardwood flooring or engineered wood flooring should be your go-to.

Consideration #2: Style

The budget you set will inevitably have an impact on the style of your home. Some homeowners even choose to carry out DIY projects and cut costs in other areas of their renovation, but the truth of the matter is that having a little extra cash to splurge on something trendy can go a long way in elevating any interior. Similarly, splurging on your flooring can take your interior design to the next level. Given that most flooring types are extremely versatile due to their neutral colours, pick a shade that will work with the design scheme you have in mind. Be sure to plan things out extra carefully if you’re gravitating towards lighter shades like White Oak flooring.

Consideration #3: Lifestyle

Finally, be sure to consider your lifestyle needs. With people placing more emphasis on sustainability and designing a “green” and “non-toxic” home, you’ll want to make sure your flooring is healthy for you. If you have little ones, the elderly, or pets living with you, non-toxic flooring is the best option out there. At Floorrich, we carry an extensive catalogue of non-toxic flooring that supports our promise of offering eco-friendly, green floors to all in Singapore.

Not sure about what flooring material or design you should go with? Reach out to our flooring experts in Singapore, and we’ll advise you according to your budget requirements, stylistic wants, and lifestyle needs.