FLOORED BY DESIGN
The floor: more than merely the foundation upon which all homes are built. Whatever you're looking for underfoot, it's an irrefutable fact that your choice will ultimately contribute to the final look of your space. From flashly flooring that draws the
Pros and cons of various flooring options.
A timeless option well-beloved by homeowners the world over, wood has the benefit of being as inconspicuous or as blatant as desired. Adaptable and long-wearing, wood can be used for a multitude of aesthetics, from comfortable rustic chic interiors to light-filled New York-style lofts to measured, modern-contemporary homes.
THEY RAISE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME
There’s nothing more comforting than the look and feel of natural hardwood at home, and most homeowners agree. Because it is such a long-wearing and beautiful material, the use of wood more than instantly warms a space, and raises the value of your home.
THEY LAST A VERY LONG TIME
Wooden floors can last up to a century and longer if properly cared for. This means they’ll need an occasional sweep, vacuum, and wipe-down, and maintenance from time to time.
THEY’RE VERSATILE AND COME WITH OPTIONS
Plenty of wood options are available in the market today, from different types of wood to the stain and to the cut. You can even get creative with the laying process, from parquet to herringbone and more.
THEY’RE PRONE TO SCRATCHES IF YOU HAVE PETS
Wood is susceptible to scratching, so the damage from your high heels or the paws of your pets will definitely show up in time.
THE UPFRONT COST IS SIGNIFICANT
The price point is a very real consideration in home renovations; be prepared to fork out a hefty sum. Just remember that it’s an investment that’s worth it in the long run.
THEY COME WITH NOISE
If you have running children at home, wooden floors might drive you slightly batty with the noise it will emit.
The mainstay of many Asian homes, tiles have a way of making a space look remarkably neat and tidy. Because they’re available in many different styles and looks, they’re the perfect option for homeowners who are after easy maintenance, cost-efficiency, and good looks.
THEY’RE COOLING AND PERFECT FOR HOT ASIAN WEATHER
Because tile floors retain the heat and cool very well, they’re perfect for our hot, muggy weather. Just install them indoors and away from the sun, and you’ll have cool floors to walk on all day.
THEY’RE EASY TO MAINTAIN
Because most tiles are glazed or coated, they’re easy to clean; simply sweep, vacuum, or mop. And even when they’re not, stains are nothing a good wipe-down won’t fix.
Tile floors are moisture resistant and very durable, which means areas with high foot traffic like the living area benefit well from its use.
THEY’RE DIFFICULT TO REPLACE
Buy extra tiles ahead of time, as you may need to replace broken ones over the years. You don’t want to run the risk of mis-matched tiles. They’re also difficult to replace, being heavy and requiring the use of many materials and tools, so call in the professionals.
THEY COME WITH GROUT-LINE MAINTENANCE
If your tiles are pale in colour, the grout between each tile will soon show up stark, a dark brown, as dirt and other things are accumulated within. You’ll need to clean the grout on a semi-regular basis to avoid this.
For the homeowner who wants more than just a floor, mosaic provides the perfect solution. The mainstay of historical architectural art, mosaic has long been used to add colour, texture, and art to floors, walls, and even roofs. Today, they’re commonly used to inject vibrancy to a space, and can be an amazing addition to any space.
A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
Because they can be arranged in a myriad of ways, mosaic tiles are the perfect solution for homes that need a bit of colour and style. Said tiles can be worked into repeating patterns, or put together to form a bigger design that can well become the centrepiece of any space.
EASY TO CLEAN
A little soap and water on a sponge is really all that’s needed to clean your mosaic installation. They’re also resistant to stains, mould, and mildew, and won’t be subjected to chemical damage.
PERFECT FOR SMALLER SPACES LIKE THE BATHROOM
Because they’re so small, mosaic tiles are easily adaptable, and this makes them the perfect fit for smaller spaces like the bathroom, where they will also add a spark of interest and plenty of colour if so desired.
CAN BE SLIPPERY
Especially true after a clean, mosaic tiles tend towards being slippery when wet. Install antislip mats to keep unecessary accidents from happening if you have elderly and children living at home.
GROUT-MAINTENANCE IS NECESSARY
As with any tile, grout maintenance is important to maintain a pristine aesthetic. Give your grout a good clean with a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to get it shiny and white again.
CHIPS AND CRACKS OVER TIME
Glass mosaic tiles are susceptible to scratches, which will accumulate over time in your floor. Additionally, they’ve also been known to crack when heavy items are dropped on the floor, so keep an eye out for chips that can be dangerous for your family.