With all that has been happening this year, it only makes sense for people to yearn for the outdoors. However, even with the COVID-19 restrictions slowly being relaxed, there are still limitations to what we can do. From border closures and entry restrictions to work from home arrangements, the inability to travel overseas and be in an office space has pushed Singaporeans to rethink their home space to cater to their current needs and wants. The modest solution that many have turned to? – a simple makeover.
With thousands flocking to IKEA to have their makeshift home offices looking chic for impromptu online meetings, there is one place left in our homes that we should consider revamping. Our outdoor balcony. Typically, private and HDB balcony designs are as simplistic and functional as it gets. This gives you a relatively clean slate to work with – from outdoor flooring to furniture that add layers of texture and complexities, redoing your balcony can be quite easy when you consider all your design options readily accessible in Singapore.
As with all interior design, you need to start with a strong foundation – that being your flooring choice. When we purchase new homes, our outdoor balcony may already come with tiles or flooring installed by previous homeowners. So if you are looking to hack your existing outdoor flooring and switch them out for something fancier, The Floor Gallery (TFG) has got you covered. Read on to find out more about different outdoor decking and flooring available, its pros and cons, and creative design ideas to zhuzh up your balcony.
There is a wide range of outdoor decking choices in Singapore, one of the more popular ones being outdoor wood flooring. It is a given that wood flooring never goes out of style, and the same applies when it is installed in an outdoor space. Be it natural timber decking or composite decking, both alternatives are aesthetically pleasing.
Extremely versatile, timber decking injects opulence to any space. When installed in your balcony or patio space, not only does your property value increase, but its high durability lends support to its timelessness. From Burmese teak to Chengal, timber decking is extremely unique due to its grains, elevating the design of any outdoor space. Beyond its natural, rustic look, 100% natural wood decking is the closest thing to nature if you are one that enjoys the great outdoors.
Bored of your outdoor wood flooring? Fret not! You can get them stained to your liking to add a new lease of life to your flooring and balcony.
Designing your dream balcony is easy with composite decking. Requiring little care and maintenance, wood plastic composite decking has become increasingly popular in recent years. A blend of thermoplastics and wood fibers, this slip resistant flooring option, like Eco Fusion Deck and Click-On deck, makes your outdoor space safer. Do your kids love running around on soaked floors? Not a problem! Its embossed surface not only adds texture to your outdoor space but makes the flooring safe during wet weather. Durable, splinter free, anti-UV, and sturdy, wood plastic composite decks are also more affordable and require less maintenance than natural wood decking.
Looking for something quirky and fun to experiment with? Besides outdoor wood flooring, there are other alternatives to consider. These include:
Unconventional is an understatement when describing the use of vinyl flooring in an outdoor space. Known to be durable and robust for indoor spaces, many strays away from vinyl flooring for outdoor areas – simply because of its pronounced shrinkage and stretching behaviour and limitations to water-resistance. However, with recent advanced technologies, new creations like the Engineered Vinyl Flooring (EVF) just might work well for your outdoor space. Not convinced? Consider the fact that most HDB balconies are sheltered and are not susceptible to the harsh outdoor weather.
Engineered vinyl flooring was manufactured to be hyper strong, highly water – resistant , and slip-resistant. Safe for installation for most of the areas in a home, , this flooring option could be the perfect option for your balconies. Offering unparalleled resistance, due to its unique construction, the fluctuating Singapore weather will not affect its stability and integrity. Moreover, you may even be able to save costs from hacking floor tiles as they can be installed on most subfloors.
Sieving through balcony design ideas can get daunting. But starting from the basics might help ease the entire process. Now armed with the knowledge on various outdoor flooring and decking options, select one that fits your lifestyle needs and budget. Will floor hacking will be required? Is your balcony an open area with no shelter? Do you have an outdoor pool space where kids will be running around? Take these various factors into consideration and get in touch with us for quotes on the best flooring in Singapore.