Come 1 December 2014, if you are renovating and having floor replacements of your new BTO flats from HDB, you will not be surprised it is going to be more expensive.
Housing Development Board (HDB) had imposed a new rule that will take effect in December 2014 that contractors have to use pre-packed screed for floor replacements, be it for wet or dry areas of bathrooms, rooms, kitchen and the living room. The current process is done with sand, with a mixture of sand and water, but HDB has mentioned that the required new standard is made with cement and sharp sand reduces wastage and is more eco-friendly, making sure of a greener (and cleaner) environment.
Sharp sands have lower clay content and a gritty texture. It is usually used in situations and constructions which requires stronger hold and has a more jagged edge (not round like beach sand) and usually silver to maroon colour. According to ID contractors and owners, when implemented, this will cost nearly 3 grand, which includes both toilets and kitchen’s floors only.
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While these may all sound good, it seems that the pre-packed screed is higher in cost, and therefore these costs will be incurred by the home owners, if you want to rework your HDB, that is.
It is said that this screed gives a more consistent quality than usual DIY mixed cement and sand. Which some contractors/I.Ds may relinquish some control over their own preferred way of mixing. An Assistant Professor from NTU explained.
“Well, because this pre-mix is new to Singapore, selecting properly packaged mortar, pre-mixed mortar is very important, you have different types and different choices of pre-mixed mortar, therefore different applications for different jobs.” Yang-En Hua, Assistant Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University.
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