What are the advantages of using vinyl flooring tiles compared to other types of flooring

What are the advantages of using vinyl flooring tiles compared to other types of flooring?

Getting a new home or having home renovation is a great opportunity to plan for the dream home we want. However, it also means that we need to pay attention to so many details, including about flooring. Of course it will not be easy to choose from so many products available out there. But if we are still at the stage of doing comparisons before deciding on what kind of floorings to choose, one type of flooring that is worth to be seriously considered is vinyl flooring tile. Out of so many other flooring types which have been popular before, such as ceramic, laminate, porcelain, wood, and linoleum, to mention just a few, there are good reasons why vinyl flooring tiles are gaining attraction and attention from home owners and becoming more commonly suggested by renovators, contractors or interior designers.

If you are looking for luxury vinyl floor tiles in Singapore, you should check out Goodrich Global Singapore. They carry a large range of designs and types of vinyl tiles and are also the sole distributor for the NOX EcoClick+, a premium luxury vinyl tiles collection. Check out their site for more details.

Here is an article worth reading at Parterre Flooring Systems that might provide some clear comparison between ceramic and vinyl flooring tiles.

Ceramic is no match for vinyl flooring tiles

The comparison of vinyl tile vs. ceramic tile represents yet another instance of luxury vinyl flooring’s ability to masterfully replicate the look of any other flooring system and improve on it. As the technology behind luxury vinyl flooring develops, it becomes less and less distinguishable from the real product. Read more here!

 

Almost all good features of ceramic can be found in vinyl flooring tiles too, and yet vinyl offers more because it can easily be installed and reinstalled according to current trends. This customizable feature is not available in the case of ceramic, which is a permanent kind of flooring and does not allow for easy reinstallation. Ceramic is also prone to cracking and breaking, while vinyl tile has a higher degree of durability and if a heavy object were to fall on it, it can absorb the force. When we think green also, ceramic is not a material that is recyclable. If we ever decide to remove it, the used ceramic almost has no other place to go but a landfill. Vinyl tile is more environmental friendly when seen from this aspect, because we have options to recycle them, depending on the manufacturer. Another article written by Lee Wallender at The Spruce about laminate flooring should give us more confidence to choose vinyl tiles.

Vinyl flooring has extra points to offer than laminate flooring

But the real deciding factor is moisture. Vinyl flooring decidedly beats laminate in its performance in wet places. Even in better homes where you would not expect to find vinyl flooring, exceptions are made for bathrooms. Read more here!

At the base of the differences between vinyl flooring tile and laminate wood is the core material itself, because vinyl flooring are 100% plastic, while laminate flooring is 99% wood. This is why vinyl flooring is more flexible to put in any space, including kitchen and bathrooms due to its moisture resistance feature. The cost of both is comparable and should not be much an issue, similar to installation process albeit some extra works and tools are needed for installing laminate wood such as foam moisture underlayment and the sawing process. In terms of comfort of course the advantage goes to laminate wood, but some tips and techniques during installation of vinyl tile can help to reduce the feel of hardness and coldness of the vinyl flooring. If we care about the environment, maybe it is worth to note that modern vinyl flooring has good environmental record for LEED credit compared to its predecessor. With these extra and at least comparable points for vinyl flooring tile, there is no reason why it should not be seriously considered for our home. The next article by Karin Beuerlein at HGTV is on the comparison between vinyl flooring tile and other types of tile materials.

Comparison of other tile materials with vinyl tile

Vinyl or synthetic tiles are a cost-effective solution for homeowners on a tight budget. Their resilient, bendable material comes in various sizes — one of the most common being 12″ x 12″ — and because they are manufactured, virtually any pattern or color can be created. Read more here!

There are many types of materials used in the production of flooring tiles, among them porcelain, glass, concrete, marble, granite, engineered stone, terrazzo and terra cotta. These natural materials are known to be beautiful, because they reflect nature itself, but the price is higher than what synthetic vinyl can offer. The installation process of vinyl is also easier due to its resiliency compared to natural materials which is more prone to break and crack. Vinyl flooring tiles can also be installed on other materials more quickly, so we do not need to demolish first to make concrete base for example. In conclusion, there are many advantages of vinyl flooring tile compared to other types of floorings in the market. Some light has already been thrown here to narrow down the time-consuming search of flooring types for our dream homes. The next step now is to decide.

How do we install wallpaper and what are the pitfalls we can avoid during installation

How do we install wallpaper and what are the pitfalls we can avoid?

We know that installing wallpaper has become less arduous compared to previous years due to innovation in wallpaper industries, but somehow the process of installing it still requires careful attention, good eyes and some degree of expertise to reach the professional perfection. If we choose to do it ourselves, it is best to be aware of the common mistakes that we do not wish to see at the end, such as wrongly matched patterns, patterns go upside-down, air bubbles behind the wallpaper, and numerous other problems. Hence, if we are not too sure whether we can do it right, just put aside our pride and excitement for a while. The best step is to consult those who have experience installing wallpaper so he or she can share with you the common problems that might exists in the course of installation, and also to guide you on how to avoid them. You can also resort to watching many useful YouTube videos online before actually starting.

If you are looking for a quality wallpaper supplier in Singapore, you should check out Goodrich Global Singapore. They have a wide range of wallpapers and wallcoverings, and also other furniture items such as carpets, vinyl tiles, and eco-flooring. You should check out their website above.

Here is an article worth reading at Right Estate Agents that might provide some great tips on installation of wallpaper.

Make sure the wall is clean and flat before installing wallpaper

If you are going to be using wallpaper, you need to make sure the walls are completely clean, flat and undamaged before you start. When it comes to redecorating, wallpaper can be quite hard to get off as well, so this is something to consider. Read more here!

Depending on the conditions of the wall on which we will be hanging the wallpaper, we must allocate enough time to clean it, make it really flat and zero-damaged before continuing with installation. The reason why we must do this is to avoid the wallpaper to become torn or loose easily, and also to avoid sealing air bubbles underneath it. Both problems can cause the wallpaper to come off, look very amateur and become sore to the eyes instead of appealing. Not only that, we must know how to use adhesive wisely to avoid seam opening or excessive application of it. Using blunt blade is also a big no because it can cause tears when trimming. This is easier said than done but not impossible as long as we stay patient and passionate about doing it right. Here is another article written by the team at Interior Drywall Solutions to consider on the same topic.

Avoid using wallpaper in washrooms & kitchens

However, don’t forget that wallpapers don’t work well in spaces that are humid. Thus, avoid using them in washrooms and kitchens. As the water and steam may cause the paper to wear out. It’s best to use tiles and plaster for such spaces. Read more here!

Certain rooms and spaces are meant for wallpapers. It is common to find wallpapers in the living room and bedroom. Some even put them in the dressing room next to the main bedroom. The size of room also does not hamper anyone to make their choice, because for darker and smaller rooms there are always bigger patterns or digital prints to choose from. Bigger rooms are suitable with smaller and repetitive patterns because hanging such patterns will not make the room feel too suffocating instead of putting it in small areas. But there is a line to draw when it comes to washrooms and kitchens where the activities might involve use of water and other liquid ingredients. Of course, it depends on how we are going to hang the wallpaper. Maybe if it is only in the form of frieze or stripe, it can still be considered. The following article at Interior Mantra adds another installation tips.

Allow some time before the final installation step

If your walls are damaged then it is advisable to apply Spackle first and leave it for about 20-24 hr. Another important thing is applying primer paint before painting you are going to use dark color paint. Overall paint requires less preparation time than installing wallpapers. Read more here!

Once again it is very important to stress about patience during the preparation step. In some cases when damage to the wall cannot be avoided due to removal of old wallpaper, we can use a technique called spackling to cover any holes, cracks, dents or other imperfections on the wall. However, after using spackling compound the wall must be left for about 20 to 24 hours before it can eventually be ready for papering. This is because if the spackling compound is still wet, it can interfere with the wallpaper installation that also requires adhesive to be applied.

To conclude, if we have passion and patience, we can achieve anything. In the end, it is all about a dream home that we have been longing to own for several years. Wallpapering demands certain cost, time and energy on our part, but it is going to be worth all the hassles when our eyes feast on the stunning beauty of the patterns and textures.