Vinyl Flooring Singapore: Can It Stand Against Hardwood & Laminate?
Choosing between vinyl flooring and hardwood options for your Singapore home? Here are their pros and cons that could help you make an informed decision.
What quality vinyl floors are made of…
One of the most affordable materials for flooring is vinyl. It is made up of several sheets are stacked together to form a 3mm- to 5mm-thick vinyl tile.
The first layer on top is a nonslip overlay that is highly resistant to wear and scratch.
The second layer is a strong protective sheet of melamine resin which helps minimise expansion and contraction caused by weather changes.
The third layer is a thin UV-resistant film where the decorative design is printed on.
The fourth layer is the thickest sheet in the tile. It is made of E1-grade high-density fibreboard (HDF) which is water and impact resistant.
The fifth layer is a thin underlay that ensures dimensional stability and prevents moisture from penetrating the tile.
The final layer at the bottom is made of sponge and aluminium foil that makes this flooring completely soundproof.
Economical – it’s a first class material which costs half the price of tiles.
Easy to install – lock and click the pieces without the need to remove existing tiles, making it possible to install vinyl flooring in less than four hours.
Waterproof – with vinyl tiles installed firmly together, water cannot seep through.
Comfortable – vinyl floors are softer than wooden or tiled floors, making it easier to stand on for long periods.
Easy to maintain – vinyl floors are dirt and water resistant, so all you have to do is sweep and mop them occasionally.
Durable and long-lasting – vinyl can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance.
A plethora of designs available – vinyl tiles come in a wide range of styles, some even mimicking wood or stone.
Scratches – if it is installed in high-traffic areas where people are thumping upon it with hard shoes or stabbing it with sharp heels, eventually the floor will be exposed to scratches and dings from constant hard impact.
Hazardous VOC emissions – manufacturing of this material emits organic compounds (VOC) that affect air quality. However, as part of Singapore’s regulatory regime, all floorings of this material must obtain the Green Label certification from the Singapore Environment Council or the Singapore Green Building Council to ensure minimal levels of VOCs.
Hardwood flooring facts…
Wood is not a popular choice in Singapore because it is expensive and difficult to maintain. If you still want to go for wood, your best option is hardwood flooring made from oak, teak or walnut and sealed with water-based polyurethane or a petroleum-based product.
Luxurious – authentic wood flooring adds a beautiful natural element to your home
High property value – wood boosts the resale value of your home should you decide to sell in the future
Difficult to install – in addition to high material cost, you have to hire a professional to take on the laborious task of setting up hardwood on your floor
Prone to damage – hardwood is susceptible to dents, scratches, and water damage when exposed to excessive moisture
Expensive to maintain – you should set aside an annual budget for recoating your wood flooring to keep its pristine look.
Engineered wood flooring, things you need to know…
If you like the look of wood but cannot afford it, a cheaper alternative is engineered wood. Consists of several layers glued together to form a single plank, engineered wood has a hardwood veneer top layer and a bottom layer composed of high-density fibreboard, plywood, and hardwood.
Economical – the phenomenal look of real wood for half the price
Versatile – comes in a variety of materials that are designed to adapt to the humidity in Singapore
Easy to install – easier to install than genuine hardwood as the planks are already sanded and sealed when you buy them.
Prone to water damage – like its hardwood counterpart, engineered wood is not recommended for bathrooms and kitchens as the planks are susceptible to water damage when exposed to high moisture levels
Laminate flooring Singapore
Laminate flooring is quite similar to vinyl – both can mimic the outstanding look of real wood and marble at half the price, both are composed of several layers, and both can easily snap into place during installation. The only difference is that laminate is a combination of high-density fibreboard and plastic and the other is made from PVC.
Economical – top laminate flooring is often cheaper than almost almost all types of flooring.
Various designs available – some can replicate the look of natural stone, wood, or marble.
Requires a smooth even surface – laminate flooring is not as flexible so you cannot install it on slightly uneven ground.
Prone to water damage – exposure to moisture could lead to expansion, contraction, and warping.
Prone to stains – spills that are left unattended can cause permanent stains.
Gets damaged easily – unfortunately, laminate is not a tough material and thus, gets damaged easily.
There are many things to consider when choosing the right flooring material for your home. Are you installing floors in a high-moisture area? Do you have children and pets that require a more durable floor? Are you looking for floors that require minimal care? How much is your budget? Do you plan to install flooring by yourself or hire a leading professional flooring service? Your answers to these questions can significantly affect your decision.
Our Conclusion: Vinyl Floorings Win Hands Down!
It stands tall among all the other options including hardwood flooring. If you’re looking for versatility and functionality that lasts for years to come, it’s best to choose vinyl for your home or office.