From the variety of wood flooring types such as wood plank flooring to vinyl flooring, there are a variety of flooring options to consider when deciding on the perfect floor for your home in Singapore. Aesthetics aside, other factors should be at the forefront of your decision-making process. One of these is the longevity of the flooring, which is dependent on its durability. Whether you have pets or parts of your home exposed to high foot traffic, selecting the most durable flooring will ensure that your floors remain to look pristine throughout the years without the need for constant replacements. In this article, we cover a durable and versatile flooring option that boasts properties that will suit your lifestyle and functional needs – Vinyl Flooring. We also cover other durable flooring options that require minimal maintenance, depending on the location of installation.
When thinking of living room flooring, there is an exhaustive library of finishes and style concepts to draw inspiration from. Before considering the look you would like to create, it is essential to consider the amount of wear-and-tear the floors in that area will need to withstand. Surely, we would like to outfit all rooms in our homes with the same flooring types for consistency. However, it is a smart decision to select durable materials when selecting floors for high traffic areas, like the living room. With heavy furniture that causes scratches adorning the space, resilient types should be the top choice.
Given these flooring requirements, Vinyl floors would be a great option. Amongst its many advantages, vinyl floors are known for their durability. Made up of different layers compressed together, vinyl floors are more flexible than other flooring materials. With its subtle cushioning ability, its impact-resistance makes it an ideal living room flooring choice where furniture capable of making dents are present. Vinyl floors also have a top wear layer that is not easily scuffed or scratched.
Besides installing vinyl flooring in the living area, other great options include solid wood plank flooring and laminate flooring that possess the properties ideal for laying the foundations in one of the busiest rooms in the house. There are other wood flooring types available in the market, from the solid hardwood to engineered wood, whichever you decide on, these high-quality materials are a leading commodity in the flooring industry. Laminate flooring is also a great alternative for areas with high foot traffic as its high-density fibreboard core withstands heavy loads well.
Choosing the most durable flooring for your kitchen is essential especially since the floors in this area of the home is known for taking the most beating – from food spills to impact from sharp objects, kitchen floors have to be low-maintenance yet durable.
Advanced technologies have taken vinyl flooring in Singapore to a whole new level. This man-made material is probably one of the most versatile and easiest kitchen flooring solutions. Vinyl flooring is ideal for kitchens as it is one of the most water-resistant materials in the market. Practically impervious to stains, this flooring material is slip-resistant and resists scratches very well too. As a DIY-friendly flooring option, products such as our Korean vinyl Eco Protect Resilient Flooring comes with a unique patented click system that gives you the option to remove specific damaged planks to have them replaced instead of hacking the entire floor.
If you are looking for options besides vinyl flooring for your kitchen, some of the most durable flooring options for kitchens include ceramic tiles and natural stone. These tile options are easy to clean and are resistant to breakage and heat. However, these flooring options may be too hard on the feet compared to the vinyl alternative. If it is the visual aesthetic of natural stone and ceramic that you are going after, innovative print technology has allowed the print layer of floor vinyl to mimic the look of anything from wood to natural stone to fit your design ideals.
When selecting the best flooring for your home, should you own pets, there are several things to consider when making flooring decisions without sacrificing on your ideal design scheme. Besides the standard high dimensional stability that many associate durability with, the ability of flooring to last for a long time relies upon the floor’s ability to remain odour, moisture, stain, dent, and scratch-free despite the wear and tear inflicted on it by your pets. Of these many considerations, pet-friendly flooring has to be at least water-resistant and scratch-resistant.
Regardless of how well trained your pet is, accidents are bound to happen – water spills, muddy feet, drool, and more. Some flooring can be severely damaged by the slightest amount of water if left to sit. Choosing waterproof, or at least water-resistant flooring materials is thus crucial. Given its high level of water-resistance, vinyl flooring is extremely pet friendly. To add to that, vinyl flooring, like our EcoTech Extreme Core (ETEC), has a high-density core and superior dimensional stability, protecting your floors from scratches and dents that may be caused by your pet’s paws.
At The Floor Gallery, our extensive range of eco flooring also include phthalate free flooring and low VOC vinyl flooring, making them an ideal flooring choice for pet owners. Phthalate free flooring does not contain plasticisers that could affect your pet’s endocrine system, while low VOC vinyl flooring also has negligible amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds such as formaldehyde that could also affect your pet’s health when inhaled. Non-toxic flooring such as our eco vinyl flooring is thus the best option.
Though it may seem like a challenge to find the most durable flooring, with an understanding of your home and aesthetic needs, you will be able to find the best flooring option for your home. For more information on other durable floor materials, contact our flooring specialists here.