If this is your first time curating the look of your home, you’re probably exploring different options and viewing samples online as you start shopping for flooring and other furniture. Yet, from parquet to laminate flooring, it can be overwhelming taking in all the different floor types and familiarising yourself with the terms used in Singapore.
To equip you with what to expect before you begin your hunt for flooring, here’s a quick guide to help you understand the common flooring terms used between customers and suppliers.
In the event moisture comes into contact with your hardwood flooring, the edges of your floor planks may stick up higher than the centres, an occurrence known as cupping.
This is a typically new term used for flooring that’s made from multiple ply layers glued and pressed together. Offering a myriad of benefits, engineered timber flooring, for instance, is made of 100% real textured hardwood and is more affordable than most solid wood flooring in Singapore. It is also dimensionally more stable than traditional hardwood flooring.
When laying flooring, it is essential that your flooring contractor leaves uniform gaps during installation. When planks expand and contract to the changes in heat or humidity, having a proper expansion space will prevent any buckling in your flooring in the long run.
To enhance the look of your floor while providing protection against scratches and spills, a topcoat or finish can be applied. Depending on where you’re installing your flooring, you can check with your flooring contractor on the most suitable finish for your project.
If you want to add a rustic wooden touch to your interior, laminates offer an attractive alternative to solid wood flooring by emulating the look of wood grains, stone and more.
Besides gluing down your flooring, locking, also known as the click-and-lock system, is another method of flooring installation. Here, your planks will click together and be locked in place to secure your full flooring. Our Eco Protect Resilient Flooring, for example, utilises the unique patented Click n’ go and Drop n’ go!® click system, which is the easiest and strongest click system for Korean vinyl flooring.
If you’ve ever noticed visible unevenness in other types of flooring, that is known as telegraphing. Our Engineered Vinyl Flooring can come in handy to eliminate that, so you can enjoy the aesthetics of your flooring in years to come.
Often confused with solid wood flooring, parquet flooring comes in the form of tiny jigsaw mosaic wood blocks forming together to create a unique layout.
The subfloor is the next layer resting on the joists, supporting the rest of the following layers of flooring.
A thin layer of foam, plywood or cement board, an underlayment is usually used for flooring installations. Foam underlays, for instance, are used in laminate floorings and when properly installed, the addition of an underlay can enhance walking comfort at home.
If you’re looking for flooring that’s durable and allows ease of installation, vinyl flooring may be your ideal choice of flooring. A popular option for many homeowners in Singapore, this type of flooring is made out of various vinyl sheets compressed together for a more resilient result.
As the shield for your floor, the wear layer is the top layer of your flooring that’s crucial to ultimately protect against surface scratches, dents and stains.
No matter what type of flooring you pick, you ultimately want a good flooring company that can assist with your queries and guide you throughout your renovation project. If you’re looking for a trustworthy supplier for quality engineered wood flooring and many more in Singapore, get started with our online catalogue here at The Floor Gallery for all your flooring needs today.