Choose maintenance-free options for HDB upgrading.
Six blocks in my 34-year-old estate were selected by the Housing Board for a forthcoming home improvement programme.
The toilet package includes new non-skid floor tiles, which have two varieties for selection: treated and non-treated.
The non-treated tiles are regular non-skid tiles, while the treated tiles are chemically coated to give a rougher texture for better skid resistance.
While the treated tiles give better protection, they need regular maintenance to chemically recoat them due to wear and tear, which is not cost-efficient.
As many residents are retirees with no income, cost-efficiency is a primary concern, and HDB should choose maintenance-free options.
Adapted from The Straits Times 26 June 2019