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Some tips on hiring a flooring or carpet professional in Singapore

Research on the topic

First, research a bit on the topic of flooring. Educate yourself on the flooring types available and methods of building, and then decide the type that is suitable for your house. With better information, you will understand what the contractor is proposing and make the right judgement.

Research on the flooring companies

Second, do a thorough research on the companies that can fulfil your flooring needs. You can search through google or speak to the professionals above in this directory. It will be good to look through the reviews and past projects of the professional.

Ask these companies questions too:

  • Is your business licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • How many years have you been in business?
  • Do you have pictures or galleries of past projects?
  • Do you have testimonials or references from your past customers?
  • Will you help in obtaining permits necessary to do this job?
  • Do you provide any type of warranty or guarantee for your work? If yes, what type?

Shortlist a few flooring professionals

After speaking to them online or through a chat, shortlist a few flooring professionals and arrange an onsite inspection at your house. If your research is done right, 2-3 flooring professionals will be sufficient. Onsite inspections are usually free of charge.

When you are meeting them, do get their advice on:

  • What flooring material should I go for?
  • What color suits my floor?
  • How long will the process of installation take?
  • How long will it take to start walking on the new flooring?
  • How do I care for and maintain my floor after installation is done?
  • What is the process like?

It would be good to approach professionals who specialize in the specific flooring type that you are looking for.

Get an estimate

Only get an estimate after the flooring professionals have seen your house and the floor area to work on.

Depending on the work requested, here are the possible cost estimates that you should be getting:

  • Flooring material (per square foot)
  • Additional materials
  • Labour cost
  • Old flooring removal (if required)

Before you sign or confirm the project, check through the agreements and clauses in the contract. Make sure all required activities or tasks are covered in the contract.

What type of flooring should you go for?

There are so types of flooring you can have for your house. In this section, we will go through the cons, pros and cost of each flooring type in Singapore.

Vinyl

Pros: Water-resistant, cheap, easy maintenance, fast installation process, softer underfoot

Cons: Low resistance to scratches, stains and dents, contains VOCs

Price: $5.50 to $6.50 psf

Vinyl flooring is one the cheapest and easiest to maintain flooring type. If you are looking for an affordable flooring type, vinyl flooring is the way to go. Its PVC composites make it easy and comfortable to walk on.

Its lock and click method of installation makes it fast and easy to install. This installation method also makes it water resistant, such that water can’t seep through easily between vinyl pieces.

You can also place vinyl pieces above your existing tiles without spending money hacking your old flooring away. Only a thin layer of cement is required to be laid between the old and new floorings.

One thing to note is vinyl flooring is highly susceptible to scratches, dents and stains. It is advisable not to drag heavy furniture across the floor and place high pressure on it.

Compared to tiles and marble flooring that are more durable, vinyl flooring can last about 10-15 years.

Importantly, if you are opting for this flooring type, do check that the vinyl tiles are certified with Green Label Singapore. Vinyl tiles manufactured poorly have high contents of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs emitted into the air after installation deteriorates the air quality and may cause respiratory issues as time passes.

Floor Tiles (Ceramic / Porcelain / Homogeneous)

Pros: Waterproof, affordable, durable, easily replaced and repaired, stain-resistant

Cons: Easily stained grout lines, hard underfoot

Price: $10 to $12 psf

There are 3 types of tiles – Ceramic, Porcelain and Homogeneous tiles. More information on the 3 types of tiles can be found here. You can watch a video here too.

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In short, ceramic tiles are the least durable and homogeneous tiles are the most durable. Not to worry, even damaged tiles are easily replaceable without redoing huge parts of the floor.

One thing to note is that the grout is highly susceptible to stains and dirt, that are difficult to get rid of. Even if there is no stain on the grout, discolouration will appear over time.

You can opt for the common tile size – 600 x 600 mm. If you want a grander and more spacious effect, you can opt for a larger tile size – 900 x 900 mm.

Hardwood (e.g. Parquet)

Pros: Expensive looking, last a long time, easily refinish damages

Cons: Difficult installation, expensive and difficult to maintain, high price tag, low resistance to scratches, stains and dents

Price: $30 to $50 psf

If you are going for a luxurious home feel and look and have a high budget, you can opt for hardwood flooring. Flooring made of real wood gives a warm and natural feeling to your home.

Furthermore, it can last a long time and fretting over replacement won’t be anytime soon. If there is any imperfection or slight dent, you can easily sand that down.

Apart from the high cost of material, the need for surface sealing adds on to the costly price tag. Sealing prevents water seepage and provides a natural finish. Avoid solvent-based coating that is toxic, and go for petroleum-based products or water-based polyurethane.

Hardwood is not as popular due to its difficult installation and high level of maintenance. Regular maintenance yearly is required to keep your floor in the best condition. You will need to take good care in preventing scratches, dents and stains on the hardwood floor. Hence, try to opt for denser wood such as walnut and teak that are more durable.

Hardwood is also ranked for its durability using a “Janka” rating. The higher the Janka rating, the higher the durability. Common hardwood choices are cherry, walnut, oak, maple, and hickory. Here are their Janka scores:

  • Cherry: 950
  • Walnut: 1010
  • Oak: 1290.
  • Maple: 1500
  • Hickory: 1820

Engineered hardwood

Pros: Expensive looking, easily installed, last a long time

Cons: Difficult to maintain, high price tag, low resistance to scratches, stains and dents

Price: About $20 psf

If you want to look and feel of hardwood, but want to explore for cheaper alternative, you can opt for engineered hardwood.

Engineered hardwood is made up of a few layers of materials glued together, with the real hardwood at the top.

Compared to real hardwood, engineered hardwood:

  • Has a greater variety of materials to choose from
  • Is less durable (doesn’t last as long)
  • Can’t be refinished and sanded as many times
  • Is more stable (higher resistance to scratches, stains and dents)

When you are purchasing engineered wood, do take note of the material used in the core layer. The core layer dictates the stability of the wood. So, opt for a more stable core layer.

Laminate

Pros: Scratch-resistant, looks like real wood / marble, Cheap

Cons: Chips very easily, not water resistant

Price: $6 to $8 psf

Laminate flooring is very similar to vinyl flooring for its easy installation and pricing, except its composition. Vinyl is mainly made up of PVC, while laminate is usually made up of high density fibreboard. This allows laminate to replicate real stone, wood or marble.

However, it is not water resistant. Laminate flooring will absorb water and swell easily if it is not sealed properly against liquids.

It also chips more easily than vinyl due to its less flexible nature. Hence, laying of a subfloor below the laminate flooring is highly encouraged to even the floor and prevent breakage tiles. Note that the laying of subfloor adds to the cost of laminate flooring.

Stone (Marble / Granite / Slate)

Price: $40 to $70 psf (including installation, typically $12 psf)

Pros: Looks luxurious, durable

Cons: Costly material and costly to install, highly susceptible to permanent stains, hard underfoot

Marble flooring is a natural material that gives off a luxury feel to your home. Every tile looks different with different pattern, grains and markings, giving your space a one of a kind look. As a natural material, it is definitely costly.

However, marble requires good amounts of care. Because of its naturally porous nature, it stains very easily and discolours over time. Sealants wears over time and reapplication is very much recommended yearly.

Marble is easily scratched too on the surface, which may require polishing services as time goes by.

Cost of installation is high too. You can select that this type of flooring if you are prepared to afford the high material, installation and maintenance costs.

Cement Screed

Pros: Complements industrial home look, easy maintenance

Cons: Requires expensive protective coat, stains easily, may ultimately crack and stain

Price: $15 to $30 psf (including sealing)

Cement screed is usually chosen by owners seeking after an industrial or minimalist look for their homes. It is the common grey floor that you see under hdb blocks, except for its sealant when it is used at home. The sealant makes it non-powdery and resistant to liquid. This coating prevents wear and tear. However, over time, damages and cracks will surface.

The stability of your cement flooring really depends on the installation process by the contractor. So, do get a reliable one by looking at past portfolios and projects.

Some tips on hiring a flooring or carpet professional in Singapore

Research on the topic

First, research a bit on the topic of flooring. Educate yourself on the flooring types available and methods of building, and then decide the type that is suitable for your house. With better information, you will understand what the contractor is proposing and make the right judgement.

Research on the flooring companies

Second, do a thorough research on the companies that can fulfil your flooring needs. You can search through google or speak to the professionals above in this directory. It will be good to look through the reviews and past projects of the professional.

Ask these companies questions too:

  • Is your business licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • How many years have you been in business?
  • Do you have pictures or galleries of past projects?
  • Do you have testimonials or references from your past customers?
  • Will you help in obtaining permits necessary to do this job?
  • Do you provide any type of warranty or guarantee for your work? If yes, what type?

Shortlist a few flooring professionals

After speaking to them online or through a chat, shortlist a few flooring professionals and arrange an onsite inspection at your house. If your research is done right, 2-3 flooring professionals will be sufficient. Onsite inspections are usually free of charge.

When you are meeting them, do get their advice on:

  • What flooring material should I go for?
  • What color suits my floor?
  • How long will the process of installation take?
  • How long will it take to start walking on the new flooring?
  • How do I care for and maintain my floor after installation is done?
  • What is the process like?

It would be good to approach professionals who specialize in the specific flooring type that you are looking for.

Get an estimate

Only get an estimate after the flooring professionals have seen your house and the floor area to work on.

Depending on the work requested, here are the possible cost estimates that you should be getting:

  • Flooring material (per square foot)
  • Additional materials
  • Labour cost
  • Old flooring removal (if required)

Before you sign or confirm the project, check through the agreements and clauses in the contract. Make sure all required activities or tasks are covered in the contract.

What type of flooring should you go for?

There are so types of flooring you can have for your house. In this section, we will go through the cons, pros and cost of each flooring type in Singapore.

Vinyl

Pros: Water-resistant, cheap, easy maintenance, fast installation process, softer underfoot

Cons: Low resistance to scratches, stains and dents, contains VOCs

Price: $5.50 to $6.50 psf

Vinyl flooring is one the cheapest and easiest to maintain flooring type. If you are looking for an affordable flooring type, vinyl flooring is the way to go. Its PVC composites make it easy and comfortable to walk on.

Its lock and click method of installation makes it fast and easy to install. This installation method also makes it water resistant, such that water can’t seep through easily between vinyl pieces.

You can also place vinyl pieces above your existing tiles without spending money hacking your old flooring away. Only a thin layer of cement is required to be laid between the old and new floorings.

One thing to note is vinyl flooring is highly susceptible to scratches, dents and stains. It is advisable not to drag heavy furniture across the floor and place high pressure on it.

Compared to tiles and marble flooring that are more durable, vinyl flooring can last about 10-15 years.

Importantly, if you are opting for this flooring type, do check that the vinyl tiles are certified with Green Label Singapore. Vinyl tiles manufactured poorly have high contents of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs emitted into the air after installation deteriorates the air quality and may cause respiratory issues as time passes.

Floor Tiles (Ceramic / Porcelain / Homogeneous)

Pros: Waterproof, affordable, durable, easily replaced and repaired, stain-resistant

Cons: Easily stained grout lines, hard underfoot

Price: $10 to $12 psf

There are 3 types of tiles – Ceramic, Porcelain and Homogeneous tiles. More information on the 3 types of tiles can be found here. You can watch a video here too.

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In short, ceramic tiles are the least durable and homogeneous tiles are the most durable. Not to worry, even damaged tiles are easily replaceable without redoing huge parts of the floor.

One thing to note is that the grout is highly susceptible to stains and dirt, that are difficult to get rid of. Even if there is no stain on the grout, discolouration will appear over time.

You can opt for the common tile size – 600 x 600 mm. If you want a grander and more spacious effect, you can opt for a larger tile size – 900 x 900 mm.

Hardwood (e.g. Parquet)

Pros: Expensive looking, last a long time, easily refinish damages

Cons: Difficult installation, expensive and difficult to maintain, high price tag, low resistance to scratches, stains and dents

Price: $30 to $50 psf

If you are going for a luxurious home feel and look and have a high budget, you can opt for hardwood flooring. Flooring made of real wood gives a warm and natural feeling to your home.

Furthermore, it can last a long time and fretting over replacement won’t be anytime soon. If there is any imperfection or slight dent, you can easily sand that down.

Apart from the high cost of material, the need for surface sealing adds on to the costly price tag. Sealing prevents water seepage and provides a natural finish. Avoid solvent-based coating that is toxic, and go for petroleum-based products or water-based polyurethane.

Hardwood is not as popular due to its difficult installation and high level of maintenance. Regular maintenance yearly is required to keep your floor in the best condition. You will need to take good care in preventing scratches, dents and stains on the hardwood floor. Hence, try to opt for denser wood such as walnut and teak that are more durable.

Hardwood is also ranked for its durability using a “Janka” rating. The higher the Janka rating, the higher the durability. Common hardwood choices are cherry, walnut, oak, maple, and hickory. Here are their Janka scores:

  • Cherry: 950
  • Walnut: 1010
  • Oak: 1290.
  • Maple: 1500
  • Hickory: 1820

Engineered hardwood

Pros: Expensive looking, easily installed, last a long time

Cons: Difficult to maintain, high price tag, low resistance to scratches, stains and dents

Price: About $20 psf

If you want to look and feel of hardwood, but want to explore for cheaper alternative, you can opt for engineered hardwood.

Engineered hardwood is made up of a few layers of materials glued together, with the real hardwood at the top.

Compared to real hardwood, engineered hardwood:

  • Has a greater variety of materials to choose from
  • Is less durable (doesn’t last as long)
  • Can’t be refinished and sanded as many times
  • Is more stable (higher resistance to scratches, stains and dents)

When you are purchasing engineered wood, do take note of the material used in the core layer. The core layer dictates the stability of the wood. So, opt for a more stable core layer.

Laminate

Pros: Scratch-resistant, looks like real wood / marble, Cheap

Cons: Chips very easily, not water resistant

Price: $6 to $8 psf

Laminate flooring is very similar to vinyl flooring for its easy installation and pricing, except its composition. Vinyl is mainly made up of PVC, while laminate is usually made up of high density fibreboard. This allows laminate to replicate real stone, wood or marble.

However, it is not water resistant. Laminate flooring will absorb water and swell easily if it is not sealed properly against liquids.

It also chips more easily than vinyl due to its less flexible nature. Hence, laying of a subfloor below the laminate flooring is highly encouraged to even the floor and prevent breakage tiles. Note that the laying of subfloor adds to the cost of laminate flooring.

Stone (Marble / Granite / Slate)

Price: $40 to $70 psf (including installation, typically $12 psf)

Pros: Looks luxurious, durable

Cons: Costly material and costly to install, highly susceptible to permanent stains, hard underfoot

Marble flooring is a natural material that gives off a luxury feel to your home. Every tile looks different with different pattern, grains and markings, giving your space a one of a kind look. As a natural material, it is definitely costly.

However, marble requires good amounts of care. Because of its naturally porous nature, it stains very easily and discolours over time. Sealants wears over time and reapplication is very much recommended yearly.

Marble is easily scratched too on the surface, which may require polishing services as time goes by.

Cost of installation is high too. You can select that this type of flooring if you are prepared to afford the high material, installation and maintenance costs.

Cement Screed

Pros: Complements industrial home look, easy maintenance

Cons: Requires expensive protective coat, stains easily, may ultimately crack and stain

Price: $15 to $30 psf (including sealing)

Cement screed is usually chosen by owners seeking after an industrial or minimalist look for their homes. It is the common grey floor that you see under hdb blocks, except for its sealant when it is used at home. The sealant makes it non-powdery and resistant to liquid. This coating prevents wear and tear. However, over time, damages and cracks will surface.

The stability of your cement flooring really depends on the installation process by the contractor. So, do get a reliable one by looking at past portfolios and projects.