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 lookœ˜ of your space. From flashly floor­ing that draws the

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Pros and cons of var­i­ous floor­ing op­tions.

WOOD

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.

TILE

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.

They’re durable

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.

MOSAIC

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.

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