How To Choose Flooring Tiles For Your HDB BTO Flat?

How To Choose Flooring Tiles For Your HDB BTO Flat?

When we talk about renovation for BTOs, the first thing that comes across our mind is the flooring. However as the technology advances nowadays, there are more & more kinds of finishes available in the market. Today we shall take a look on the one of the most basic, most traditional and yet most evergreen method of floor finish, tiles.

There are generally 3 kinds of tiles in the market (excluding those for outdoor and exquisite ones), porcelain, homogenous & ceramic. So what are their difference and their pro & cons? These are the pointers you may take note while choosing them.

Homogenous & Porcelain Tiles
Both homogenous & porcelain tiles are literally in the same category of what is considered the “hard tiles”. They come in all sizes ranging from 250mm x 250mm to 1200mm x 1200mm. In the case of BTOs, 600mm x 600mm is the most recommended size due to factors such as to reduce wastage & proportionate aesthetic fitting compared to other sizes.

Homogenous tiles also come in various textures; polished, matt, rough & semi gloss. Polished tiles are most commonly used in living area & bedrooms to create bigger space visually while matt ones are more meant for kitchen & rough ones for slip proof areas such as bathrooms. In the recent years of trends, semi gloss tiles have also been selectively used out of commercial concept into residential to fit certain interior design.

Moreover, homogenous tiles have also been used as wall tiles in some kitchen & toilet design. This is usually to provide sleek and simple design minimalist flavours the most. However bear in mind that as they are “hard tiles” that do not take in moisture well compared to ceramic tiles, hollowness tend to happen occasionally & hence cracks might happen when you try to mount sanitary accessories.

Ceramic Tiles
While ceramic tiles are considered the “soft” tiles, they are more commonly used as wall tiles in kitchen & toilets. Hence, ceramic tiles carry the largest range of varieties & design compared to other types of tiles.

Similarly, they come in various sizes and the most recommended one in Singapore HDBs are 300mm x 600mm. They are usually laid horizontally to “upsize” the bathrooms and also to match the grouting on the floor tiles (whereby the recommended floor tiles sizes are usually 300mm x 300mm) as well.

How are they different?
So how do you differentiate homogenous/porcelain & ceramic tiles? They are basically 2 main ways to go about this:
1. Homogenous/porcelain tiles have square edging while ceramic tiles have round edging on the surface side.
2. Whatever design you see on the surface of homogenous tiles will follow through the entire piece of the tile itself while the design on ceramic tiles is glazed onto the top only. (P.S there are some resale unit that might realise that when the surface of your floor tiles chipped off the colour below is different, now you understand why?)

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