Renovation Tips

Materials in Renovation

Written by Jaime Koh of HYJK Design, 30 April 2021

In this webinar, learn how to save money and avoid the hassle of frequent repairs and replacements by selecting the right materials from the start.

This is specially for home owners embarking or in the midst of a renovation project, wanting to which materials are best suited for you​. And also for home owners looking to invest in the right materials for your home to save money in the long run and to avoid the hassle of frequent repairs and/or replacements.

1.     Floors Tiles
Homogeneous/ Porcelain vs Ceramic

Properties

HOMOGENEOUS / PORCELAIN

CERAMIC

Density

More

Less

Hardness / Scratch Resistance

More

Less

Porosity / Moisture Absorption

Less

More

Stain Resistance

More

Less

Durability

More

Less

Cost

Generally Higher

Generally Lower

Applications

Indoor / Outdoor

Better for Indoors

 

2.     Floor – Vinyl & Wood

Properties

VINYL

NATURAL WOOD

Waterproof

Yes

No

Scratch Resistance

More

Less

Termites

Termite Proof

Susceptible to Termites

Warping

Less

More

Rejuvenate

No

Yes, by sanding

Luxurious

No

Yes

Cost

Lower

Higher

Applications

Indoor

Indoor / Outdoor

3. Walls – Wallpaper vs Paint

Properties

WALLPAPER

PAINT

Maintenance

Every 5 years

Less

Change Finishing

More Difficult

Easier

Texture

More

Less

Luxury

More

Less

Cost

Higher

Lower

Applications

Consistent Patterns

Less Consistent Patterns

 

4. Carpentry

Carcass

What’s the difference?

Plywood

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

Particle Board / Low Density Fibreboard (LDF)

What is it?

Engineered wood product made of thin wood layers. Wood layers are glued together to form a solid piece.

Engineered wood composite made of wood fibres.

Engineered wood composite made of wood chips.

Moisture Sensitivity

Good, Less susceptible to water damage

Average, Susceptible to water damage

Poor, Very susceptible to water damage

Strength

Good, Very strong

Average

Poor, Low strength

Durability

Good

Average

Poor

Cost

Most costly.

Cheaper than plywood but more expensive than particle board.

Low cost.

Finish

What’s the difference?

Laminate

Wood Veneer

PVC

What is it?

Typically made from decorative paper combined with a resin.

Thin slice of wood.

Thin layer of plastic.

Appearance

Wide Range
Solid colours, patterns, textures wood/metal/stone/fabric

Luxurious
Real Wood

Limited Range
Solid colours, wood

Moisture Sensitivity

Good

Average​, Susceptible to water damage/mould

Good

Scratch Resistance

Good

Poor

Poor

Corners

Edges at corners are obvious

Edges at corners finish well

Easily scratched at corners

Durability

May peel or chip over time

May peel or chip minimally over time but looks presentable

Peels and chips more; imperfections in carcass are obvious

Cost

Average

High

Low

Applications

External / Internal

External / Internal

Usually Internal

5. Kitchen & Bathroom

Countertop

Properties

QUARTZ

GRANITE

KOMPACPLUS

SOLID SURFACE

What is it?

Man-made Stone

Natural Stone

Kraft Paper with Resin

Acrylic / Polyester Blends

Appearance

Stone, Granite/ Marble-like

Stone

Wood, Stone, Solids

Stone

Scratch Resistance

More

More

Average

Less

Stain Resistance

More

More

More

Less

Heat Resistance

More

More

Average

Less

Luxurious

Yes

Yes

No

No

Cost

High

Mid

Low

Lowest

Profile

Usually 20mm thickness

Usually 20mm thickness

Slim 6mm profile

Odd-shapes and curves

Backsplash

What’s the difference?

TILES

GLASS

ALUMINIUM

KOMPACPLUS

STEEL

Appearance

Tile, Solid / Patterns

Glossy, Solid Colours

Similar to Glass

Wood, Stone, Solids

Industrial

Maintenance

Poor, Grout Lines

Good

Good

Good

Average

Onsite Adjustments

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cost

Low – Mid

Low

High

High

Low


How to select the best materials for your home?

– Be aware of the options available
– Be familiar with the types of materials
– How much are you willing to invest?
– What are YOUR needs?

Get your Materials Specification Template here

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