What is Floorrich Engineered Wood?

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Floorrich Engineered Wood also known as man-made wood, is a type of flooring that has been designed and built using scientific principles. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. Engineered wood products are used in a variety of applications, from home construction to commercial buildings.

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What is it made of?

Made up of multiple layers, the plys are cross layered, then glued and pressed together to form a really strong bond. The top layer is made from real hardwood. It is then bonded to the top of the core board. The second component of engineered flooring is the core board. This provides the base layer that the decorative layer is bonded to. The core board is very important. It provides strength and stability to the overall floor. The core is made from materials that are considered more stable than solid wood flooring when exposed to changes in moisture and heat.

Advantages of Floorrich Engineered Wood

  • High Durability

Floorrich Engineered Wood is known to be strong as it is made up of multiple layers of ply. The top layer is solid wood. This construction means engineered wood boards can withstand high-trafficked environments in residential and commercial properties.

  • It does not expand

Compared to solid wood, engineered wood flooring doesn’t easily expand and contract. Its expert construction allows for this feature to happen. Areas in the house that experience moisture and temperature fluctuations such as kitchens would benefit from engineered wood.

  • Affordable

When compared to other hardwood flooring, Floorrich Engineered Wood is more cost effective. 

  • Less Maintenance

Engineered floors are generally easy to care for. Regular vacuuming and light sweeping are all you need to do. You can also wipe up any spills or leaks immediately.

Balcony Decoration Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Get your presents, flowers, and boxes of chocolates ready because the season of love is here. Whether you are all for celebrating romanticism and friendship only on Valentine’s Day or a fan of showing love and admiration every single day, setting the right mood is important. This year, with restrictions in place due to the pandemic and many flocking to restaurants to make reservations, searching for a romantic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day can get tricky. But here’s the thing – you do not have to leave your home or fork out a large sum of money when you can transform your outdoor space or balcony into the most romantic place fit for any Valentine’s dinner date.

Did You Say Romantic Outdoor Balcony?

Yes! Revamping your outdoor balcony for your Valentine is totally possible. Many shun this idea since most balconies in Singapore are small. Normally used as storage space or for mundane tasks like drying clothes, this part of the home tends to be dark and gloomy looking. However, with a little sprucing up, any small balcony can become a space for hosting an epic party, or in this case, the sweetest Valentine’s dinner. Not sure how? We’ll cover a few Valentine’s day decoration ideas that will take your balcony renovations to the next level.

1. Deck it Up!

Commonly seen in swimming pool areas, outdoor decking is surprisingly not installed in many apartments in Singapore. A versatile decorative element, decking such as outdoor composite decking, though designed mainly for outdoor use, can also be installed in your home where a solid base exists. The height of the decking will immediately elevate the appeal of the space by adding personality to it. When it comes to choosing the best-fit decking for your balcony or outdoor space, composite wood decking is probably your safest bet.

Properties of Outdoor Wood Plastic Composite Decking

What makes outdoor composite decking the ultimate go-to when renovating a balcony? From being durable to eco-friendly, the outdoor wood composite decking available at our flooring company in Singapore is:

  1. Safe

Mimicking the look of traditional timber decking, WPC decking is an engineered product that is slip-resistant and splinter-fee. This makes it safe for pets and kids to walk on with bare feet.

  1. Easy to maintain

Requiring minimal upkeep, WPC is extremely low maintenance. This decking will not weather and fade in colour like other conventional decking options. It also has a high resistance to mould and is stable when exposed to UV rays, preventing disintegration and cracking under the hot Singapore sun. 

  1. Durable

Composite wood decking can last for about a decade longer than other decks due to its high dimensional stability.

  1. Eco-friendly   

As with all flooring and decking options made available by Floorrich, our WPC is eco-friendly. Having attained the Singapore Green Label, Forest Stewardship Council certification, and more, you can rest assured our decking and flooring are healthy for you.

  1. A range of options

At Floorrich, our WPC decking comes in a variety of colours. From dark grey to dark brown, pick one that complements your interior design scheme.

2. Go All Out With Your Decking Decoration

So, you’ve renovated your balcony and had decking installed. Now what? The next step is to pick a theme for your Valentine’s Day dinner or lunch and decorate the space accordingly. Don’t hold back on fancy furniture out of fear that it will scratch the surface or dent your WPC decking. As mentioned, this wood plastic decking has high dimensional stability and will not get scuffed up easily.

3. Set an Aphrodisiac-Filled Menu

Last but not least, curate an entire menu that is sure to make your Valentine blush. If you’re worried about your dark red wines spilling and staining your balcony decking, fret not! Our WPC decking can be washed with water, and it will look brand new without needing to repaint the surface or refinish it.Looking to have outdoor decking installed in your home? Contact our experts and share your decking ideas before embarking on your balcony renovation project.

Flooring & Home Interior Design Trends of 2021

When fashion or design is involved, there is no denying that trends always come and go. With the New Year’s just around the corner, new design trends are bound to emerge too. So, how do you pick the best flooring for your home and ensure that it will stay in style? The obvious is to look at current interior design trends, pick the one that complements your personal preferences, and work from there. To kickstart this process, we look at some of the new design trends to expect in 2021!

Home Interior Design Themes to Look Out For

As mentioned, it is pivotal to look at current trends to gauge possible changes – this is known as trend forecasting. Flooring can be categorised as a macrotrend since its changes occur over a longer period of time due to lifestyle and demographic changes. Through long-term trend forecasting and taking a big picture approach, we predict three major shifts in flooring trends.

1. Personal Haven

There is no denying that the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live, work, and play. Homeowners are looking to remodel their homes to be a haven where they can find reprieve since we inevitably spend more time at home due to the many restrictions in place. It thus comes as no surprise that new design trends will focus on creating spots for relaxation. 

Low-maintenance flooring and outdoor decking will be a top pick. Most homes in Singapore come with balconies. Why not turn it into an exquisite outdoor space with timber decking? Outdoor composite decking is ideal for such design ventures, even allowing you to build raised platforms indoors. Durable, eco-friendly, and low maintenance, wood plastic composite decking checks all the boxes when attempting to create an outdoor (or indoor) sanctuary.

2. Minimalism for the Win

Over the top design is out and minimalism is in. With the hustle and bustle of life, durability is key and functional design will be the focus for some time to come. As a matter of fact, many are already reverting to classics like wood flooring to achieve the perfect balance of class and modernity. When budget becomes a concern, alternatives like vinyl flooring that mimics the look of parquet wood flooring will be great to install in your HDB.

3. Innovative Tech, Non-Toxic & Going Green

Now more than ever, many homeowners are questioning if their flooring is healthy for them. With advanced technology, a new stream of flooring options is available for homeowners to consider. It is foreseeable that newer selections will be engineered with easy installation, less upkeep, and maintenance in mind. Non-toxic flooring will also be the best option for people who are more conscious of their health. Non-toxic vinyl flooring by Floorrich, for example, are eco-friendly and FloorScore® certified – one of the best options when looking for non-toxic flooring that is relevant to upcoming and current interior design trends.

Choosing a Trendy Flooring for Your Home

Given the above-mentioned properties the popular flooring of 2021 will possess, we narrow down the specific types that will presumably take the world by storm.

1. Type of Flooring

Hard surfaced flooring will be in trend – this includes non-toxic vinyl flooring and engineered timber flooring. Why? Because they are non-toxic, green, and require minimal effort in maintaining.

2. The Look of the Flooring

Flooring that mimics the look of natural materials such as stone and wood will probably be in trend. This includes options like American white oak engineered flooring and composite wood flooring that are manufactured to look like genuine hardwood.

3. Colour of the Floor

Cool tone, light greys, and those that mimic colours of nature are perfect when designing a space for relaxation. Of the many types of wood flooring, the light washes as seen in our white oak flooring will imbue a space with calmness. Looking for non-toxic flooring that does not emit harmful toxins and maintains a healthy environment in your home? All the flooring options, including our range of outdoor wood decking, are eco-friendly. For more information on our certification, trending flooring types, and the best option for your living space, contact us.

Is your flooring healthy for you?

The greatest wealth is health.

 – Virgil

How do you make your choice when it comes to floorings? Do you take the time to research about the different types of floorings first? Are you willing to spend more on good quality flooring or would you rather save up on a few extra dollars for a cheaper option? If you are the other then here’s why you should NOT skimp on floorings.

Certifications We Have:

Here, at Floorrich, all our products are eco-friendly. Our certifications stand proof. What does it mean to be eco-friendly? Our floorings are non-toxic and do not emit anything harmful to the ecosystem, either through the production or through the product itself. This means that even in the long run, your family will not breathe in any chemical releases that could harm your health.

Our floorings are also FloorScore® certified, meaning they are in compliance with California’s strict criteria regarding volatile organic compound emission. VOCs are harmful gases released from household items as they gradually degrade overtime. Overexposure to these chemicals can cause a list of health risks such as headaches, respiratory, liver, kidney and nerve damage. Symptoms can include feeling fatigue or tired often, drowsiness or memory loss.

Being certified by Green Label Singapore and Singapore Green Building Product ensures customers that our products meet the standards specified by the scheme. Having both certificates show that we do not only consider the impact from the consumer’s end, but we also take into account the use of raw materials, transportation, manufacturing and packaging of the products we use.

Our Vinyl flooring is marked as a Leader in the industry under the Singapore Green Building Product’s Green Mark certification. As Singapore’s representative on the World Green Building Council, the certification serves as proof that we meet the high standards and benchmarks for green building solutions locally and regionally. Some added benefits of the green mark includes:

  • Facilitate reduction in energy, water and material resource usage
  • Reduce potential environmental impact
  • Improve indoor air quality for better health and well being  

Opting for eco friendly flooring also helps in improving the air quality at home as the materials used come from renewable sources. Our forest certified products by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) ensures our customers that some of our forest-based products such as engineered flooring or solid wood that reach our showroom are sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Think twice before choosing the cheaper flooring just to save a couple of bucks. After all, there really isn’t much point in having all the money but no health to enjoy it.    The money you saved on the flooring might end up being used to pay your medical bills in the future. 

Head down to our showroom to take a look at the different flooring options we have for you!

📍 40 Jalan Pemimpin, Tat Ann Building, #03-07, Singapore 577185

New Year, New Home: Home Renovation Tips

Oh, the stresses of renovating a home. From figuring out a realistic budget to picking out the best materials that will last long while being in trend despite the changing interior design styles – there are many factors to consider, adding to the pressure of any home renovation project. But with the New Year just around the corner, there is no denying that there is no better time to embark on this journey than NOW!

Just like the age-old adage “New Year, New Me,” we cover home renovation tips so that you can usher in the New Year with a “New” home.

Basic Home Renovation Tips

It is a given that home renovation is in and of itself a tedious task – whether you are planning to embark on a DIY project or hire the help of professionals, meticulous planning is a must. Not sure where to start? Well, there are a few must-dos, and these include:

1. Budgeting

One of the first things you’ll have to do is to set a budget. Plan on redoing your entire home? Be sure to have a bigger budget than when having a simple living room makeover. Beyond the scale of the renovation, also think of the interior design style you want to achieve at the end of the project.

Say you would like to go for a rustic-chic interior design scheme and currently have tile flooring installed in your HDB. For the rustic look, solid wood flooring tends to be the go-to. Given these circumstances, you will have to factor in floor hacking to remove your existing HDB tile flooring to install the trendy parquet flooring. On a budget? You can cut your spending by choosing laminate or vinyl flooring that not only costs about four times cheaper but can also be installed directly over tiled floors without any hacking work.

2. Having a Design Plan & Hiring Help

Think of every minute detail in your design plan to determine if the works required are minor or major and seek help accordingly. A registered contractor might suffice for minor works, while an interior designer will ensure that your extensive works are completed. Though there are several benefits to hiring a certified contractor for your home renovation, note that you do not have to agree with everything that is proposed to you – at the end of the day, it is your home, and you should make the final call.

3. Check, Check, Check

Scrutinise every detail of your renovation contract before signing it or making any payments. In addition to that, check the renovation schedule since it will be hard to make changes after you have signed the contract. After renovation works are complete, study every area of your home and point out errors before it is too late – have your contractors fix them before making the final payment!

Tips to Save on Home Renovation Costs

Now, everyone loves a bargain. But comfort living and home renovation are two terms that we don’t see in the same sentence often. How then do you ensure you stay within budget, or even better, under budget?

  • Think long-term: Think of each room, its function, and choose your flooring accordingly to prevent damages and replacement costs in the future. For example, avoid installing laminate or wood flooring in or near bathrooms and kitchens since these tend to absorb water and swell. Also, avoid flooring that warps easily, and opt for ones with strong dimensional stability.
  • Avoid unnecessary hacking works: Since hacking costs a bomb, work with the existing layout that you have. As mentioned, when it comes to flooring, opt for vinyl or other flooring options that can be installed over existing subfloors.
  • Avoid going for the lowest bid or hiring a professional that is not a good fit: Seek the help of certified professionals and approach a flooring company in Singapore with certifications and an extensive portfolio that confirms they are the best fit. 

Looking for the best flooring company in Singapore that offers a range of products from wood flooring to non-toxic vinyl flooring? Look no further than Floorrich. With all our products being eco-friendly and a full line of certifications to prove their quality, Floorrich is the flooring company to trust with your floor works in Singapore.

Suitable Flooring Types for the Elderly & Young

From selecting your dream home to renovating it to maintaining its pristine condition, owning a home that fits your design ideals is not as easy it seems. One of the main things that require much thought when building your home is flooring. With the many types of HDB flooring available in Singapore, sieving through all the options and deciding on the right flooring type can get overwhelming. As a matter of fact, for some homeowners in Singapore, it becomes trickier when their flooring choice has to cater to the elderly and children they are residing with.

Often associated with safety, carpet is a common flooring for families with the young and elderly – but only overseas. Not a popular choice given Singapore’s humid climate, what are the other alternatives to consider? Whether you are expecting a child, are a parent, or live with an elderly, we cover some of the best flooring options for your HDB or private property.

Pivotal Flooring Factors to Consider

Before getting into the specific types of flooring that would be ideal for installation, there are a few things to consider during your selection process. These include looking out for properties such as:

1. Slip-resistance

According to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in Singapore, a third of the elderly aged 65 and above have recurring falls, with one in three experiencing falls each year[1]  – and the numbers aren’t going down. Therefore, to reduce the risk of falling, opt for flooring that has a non-slip surface.

2. Easy to clean & maintain

With kids running around, stains, spills, and accidents are bound to occur. To avoid doing more than the occasional sweeping and mopping, your flooring choice should be easy to clean.

3. Impact-resistance

Synonymous with shock absorption, some flooring can cushion a fall, possibly preventing severe injuries. Beyond falling, impact-resistant flooring is great if you have the elderly walking around with canes or mobility aids.

4. Comfortable on the foot

Walking on hard surfaces for long periods can cause inflammation to the heels – flooring choices thus have to be comfortable.

5. Termite-free

Termite-resistant flooring is always a plus when building a safe home – since termites are capable of triggering allergic reactions with all the shedding and dust production.

6. Safety & air-quality

Some flooring is manufactured with toxic chemicals. Selecting floors that meet specific health standards will be beneficial to your family in the long run.

Types of Flooring to Consider

To make your decision easier, Floorrich has put together a list of flooring types that have three or more of the above-mentioned flooring properties.

1. Vinyl Flooring

Our vinyl flooring available in Singapore is:

  • Water, slip, impact-resistant & easy to clean: Vinyl flooring is perfect for your HDB or private kitchens, living room, and bedrooms.
  • Eco-Friendly: All flooring by Floorrich is eco-friendly. Awarded the Singapore Green Label accreditation, FloorScore certification standard, and the Singapore Green Building Council’s Green Certification, our flooring is a sustainable and green alternative. 
  • Termite-Proof: Vinyl flooring is made of synthetic materials, so termites will never be a problem.
  • Low VOC and Non-Phthalate: A non-toxic flooring option, safe indoor air quality is assured with our vinyl flooring.
  • Strong dimensional stability: Engineered with a strong core, it is comfortable on the feet and absorbs sound from high foot traffic.

2. Wood Flooring

Our wood flooring available in Singapore is:

  • Comfortable to walk on: Made from natural timber, the flooring has a natural bounce to it.
  • Safe: Timber flooring does not collect dust, mould, or pollen, making it a great option if your kids have allergies.
  • 100% natural and eco-friendly: Floorrich uses Bona Premium water-based coating for all wood flooring. This sustains better indoor air quality.
  • High dimensional stability and slip-resistance: If considering timber alternatives, engineered timber flooring is an affordable option.

Need help deciding on the best flooring option for your family? Feel free to contact us for more information!

What is SPC Flooring?

From vinyl flooring to laminate flooring, gone are the days where there was only one flooring option to consider for residential and commercial spaces. Of the many options available in the market today, you might have noticed a massive influx of flooring with acronyms for names – LVF, LVT, SPC, WPC. These aforementioned are probably the most resilient products available today. We’ve already covered what vinyl flooring is and will therefore be covering another high-performing flooring in this blog – SPC flooring. A relatively new and popular option amongst HDB owners in Singapore, SPC flooring is slowly catching on due to its affordability, durability, and other stream of properties.

What is SPC Flooring Made of?

SPC is defined as Stone Plastic Composite or Stone Polymer Composite. Using advanced technologies, planks of unparalleled durability are engineered. it is made up of four layers – the top wear layer, a printed vinyl layer, a rigid core, and the final backing layer. The top two layers serve the same function as the popular vinyl flooring. The protective wear layer is crucial for the lifespan of your flooring, preventing excessive wear and tear. As its name suggests, the printed vinyl layer is manufactured with realistic images that mimic the look of materials like stone, ceramic, or wood.

Now, here’s where you get the most bang for your buck – the core! A mixture of limestone and PVC-based resin, the core layer makes up about 50 to 60% of the flooring’s composition. High in density and dimensional stability, this core layer is what makes SPC stand out from the other flooring types.

How to Clean SPC Flooring?

SPC core is highly water-resistant, and as mentioned, it has a durable wear film on its surface that offers a protective layer. Cleaning this flooring type is easy as dirt can be removed by occasional sweeping and washing. Be sure not to use hard bristles or abrasive cleaners and detergents, as this will cause the protective film to go dull.

How to Maintain SPC Flooring?

Amber SPC Snow White

Like any other flooring, it is crucial that the floors are cleaned properly, and furniture is moved gently to prevent damage. HDB SPC flooring normally comes with an interlocking tongue and groove system – this means that they can be easily replaced if damaged.

The Benefits of Installing SPC Flooring

Being one of the more affordable and highly water-resistant flooring types, these properties in and of itself distinguishes SPC flooring from other available options commonly available in Singapore. To add to that, they are easy to install, even over any existing hard and uneven floors. With homeowners not needing to remove their existing subfloors or tile works before installation, it saves cost from hacking works. This ultra-durable and low maintenance flooring also come in a range of designs as their print layers are customisable to look like luxurious alternatives.

Frequently Asked Questions about SPC Flooring

1. Are SPC floors good?

Personal preferences aside, it is revered for its durability and affordability – making them great flooring options when installed in the right places.

2. Is SPC better than WPC?

WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite, which also has a durable core layer. Therefore, it boils down to the place of installation. Generally, all flooring is durable and lasts long when installed properly and maintained well.

3. Are SPC floors toxic?

Like all flooring from Floorrich, our SPC options are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Though it is best to check for reports and certification to ensure they are non-toxic, in general, SPC floors do not release formaldehyde or any radioactive substances – making it a great flooring choice for parents, or pet-owners.

4. Do SPC floors expand?

The stone core material does not shrink or expand – and it is also highly water-resistant. Simply put, it will not expand regardless of humid weather or water leaks.

5. Where to install SPC floors?

Given its properties, it can be installed in places such as the basements, kitchens, and other commercial spaces.

6. Where to buy HDB SPC flooring in Singapore?

It is important to check the source of the flooring product. Even the best flooring company in Singapore could supply compromised products. Therefore, it is best to rely on a trusted flooring provider with years of experience and a vast portfolio.

Party Time! Prevent Floor Damage this Holiday Season

The holidays are around the corner, and like most people, you probably can’t wait to get the party started. As you prepare to host a small get-together with family and friends, there are surely many things on your mind as you play host, and the last thing that you should be worried about is damaging your floors. In this blog, we cover flooring tips that will come in handy as you host an epic year-end party.

Possible Mishaps & Floor Damage

What could possibly go wrong at a party right? Well, a lot. From drink spills to skid marks from furniture, hosting a party is sure to damage your floors one way or another. Here are some common accidents you might encounter:

  1. Wear and tear from high foot traffic: Flooring with a very thin or low-quality protective layer are subject to more wear and tear. Vinyl flooring, for example, comes with a wear layer that varies in thickness – the thicker the wear layer, the less susceptible your floor is to high foot traffic.
  2. Spills, stains, dirt, and mud tracks: Sure, you can ask guests to remove their shoes before they enter your home. But even so, food spills and accidents can stain the floors – what’s worse is if left unattended for too long, warping may occur.
  3. Scratches from furniture movement: With guests shifting and dragging furniture across the room, your floor is at the receiving end of harsh, unsightly scratches.

How to Prevent Floor Damage?

Imagine this – you host the best party of the year, and the next day you are looking up contractors to fix damages to your floor. That surely will not sit well with any homeowners. So, what can you do to prevent possible damages?

  • Always maintain your floors: It is a given that regular sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming helps maintain your flooring as it removes dirt and micro-abrasives. Therefore, before and after your party, be sure to spruce up your space.
  • No shoe policy: As mentioned, footwear can carry dirt and transfer it around your home. Get your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home. This way, relatively damaging footwear like heels will not damage your floors either.
  • Cover leg supports of your furniture: Before the party, use sticky felt pads under tables and chairs so that scratches on your floor is prevented when your guests drag them across the room.
  • Use rugs or carpets: Place rugs and floor runners in areas of your home that are more prone to accidents, like the bustling living room space.

Flooring properties to look out for

Beyond the above-mentioned steps to take, when choosing the best flooring option for your home, there are several properties to look out for to ensure your flooring stays in pristine condition for a long time.

  • Durability
  • Easy to Clean 
  • Easy to Maintain 
  • Repairable 

Hosting Parties is Your Thing? Consider These!

When selecting the best fit flooring for your home, your lifestyle is one thing to consider. If hosting guests is a weekly affair, there are a few flooring options that will save you the hassle of constant repair and replacement work. Some of these include:

1. Vinyl flooring

Luxury Vinyl Flooring | Floorrich Singapore

One of the most popular HDB flooring types, luxury vinyl flooring is a resilient flooring type, hence highly durable. Hosting a party? Not a problem. The top decorative layer of vinyl flooring adds visual appeal to the space in addition to its robust wear layer. To add to that, they are perfect for quick revamping projects as they can be installed over existing subfloors in a jiffy. Easy to clean, homeowners will not have to worry about how to maintain their vinyl flooring.

2. Laminate flooring

Another popular HDB flooring, laminate floors are cost-efficient and are available in a variety of colours and designs. Just like vinyl flooring, they are easy to maintain.

3. Engineered wood flooring

There are many types of wood flooring and engineered timber flooring is a cheaper alternative to the hardwood alternatives. These wooden flooring types are easy to remove and replace when damaged due to their click and lock installation system. Not sure which flooring type will best suit your home and your lifestyle? Get in touch with the flooring specialists of Floorrich for more information.