Traditionally, most condominium and public residential projects in Singapore are installed with parquet, especially for bedroom floorings. And with this, homeowners and builders are usually restricted to a limited choice: it’s either oak or teak parquet, and the colours are pretty much standardised. What’s more, parquet is prone to scratches and discolouration which means that it will incur maintenance costs such as parquet restoration and wood varnishing. Due to the above reasons, property owners and developers are starting to look for an alternative and cost-effective floor option — and it seems that laminate flooring is topping the list.
Today, builders and architects have begun to install laminate flooring for their residential and commercial projects. One of the few notable housing projects in Singapore that were installed with laminate flooring is the 578 units – Park Central, DBSS at Ang Mo Kio. Tarkett laminate floorboards, a well-known Swedish brand in the laminate flooring industry, were used in this project.
Some of the benefits of a laminate floor over parquet are its wide variety of designs and colours for property owners to choose from. From the rarest wood species to customised images out of your imagination, you name it, we have it.
Laminate flooring is also highly scratch resistant. So, homeowners with pets need not worry about having your bedroom flooring scratched. Moreover, the colour tones of quality laminate flooring won’t fade with time compare to parquet. Unlike parquet, new laminate flooring technology today requires no glue-down installation approach because it applies the technology of click interlocking system.
Laminate flooring is very easy to maintain and housekeep. However, we must also take note that laminate flooring is not 100% waterproof, so heavy duty washing is not recommended. You can search for the simple steps of laminate floor cleaning and maintenance to find out more ways of maintaining laminate flooring.
Architects and housing developers will benefit a lot from understanding today’s properties owners’ concerns and demands, especially in selecting the best flooring material possible for their building projects.