Flooring Decisions: Which Is The Best For You?

Changing the flooring of your home can be a real hassle, so it’s important to get it just right the first time to save on cost and avoid renovation stress. Beyond aesthetics, you need to consider the suitability and upkeep of the flooring you’re going with. But with many equally beautiful and practical choices out there, which type of flooring is right for you?

Explore the common types of flooring available in Malaysia to find out:

1. Parquet

Parquet flooring
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This type of flooring was popular in Malaysian homes in the 90’s and is made up of a mosaic of geometric hardwood pieces. There are many attractive designs available, although the standard pattern you commonly see is herringbone. When cared for properly, parquet flooring can last for a long time.

However, it is not resistant to moisture or bright sunlight and doesn’t fare very well in Malaysia’s hot and humid weather. It is also easy to scratch and chip, making it a little finicky to maintain if you’re used to mopping and scrubbing. Termites, too, are a potential problem. Keeping it at its best involves a lot of specialised polishing, sanding, and sealing, which can be costly and time-consuming. Parquet can be a little creaky and do not absorb sound very well.

Parquet will appeal to those looking for an elegant, beautiful flooring and is more suitable for areas that do not encounter heavy wear, such as bedrooms and living rooms.

Pros:

  • Elegant and beautiful
  • Can be customised to various patterns and designs
  • Does not absorb heat or cold, so its temperature stays comfortably consistent

Cons:

  • Not resistant to moisture, wear, and termites
  • Can be hard to maintain
  • Does not absorb sound well and can be creaky

2. Tiles

Tile flooring
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Tiles are suitable for high-traffic areas that experience a lot of wear. An easy-to-maintain, hassle-free, and durable option, tiled floors come in various colours, patterns, and textures. Floor tiles are generally made of porcelain or ceramic. They are heat, moisture, and pressure resistant and can be easily cared for. They can easily be cleaned by sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping, with occasional maintenance with tile cleaners for the best results. 

Tile floors feel stable, although they do not absorb sound well and can produce a lot of noise. They also readily absorb heat and can be uncomfortably cold or hot depending on the temperature. While they are the preferred flooring for high-wear and heavy duty areas like the kitchen, bathroom and driveway, they get slippery and dangerous when wet.

Pros:

  • Comes in various patterns, colours, and textures
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Durable and resistant to moisture

Cons:

  • Can get noisy
  • Absorbs heat easily and can get uncomfortably hot or cold
  • Hard and dangerous, especially when wet 

Tiles need to be cleaned regularly as dirt gets trapped quickly and easily in the grouts. To get professional cleaners from as low as RM20 per hour, submit a request today on Kaodim.com!

3. Wood

Wooden flooring
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Wood flooring comes with 100% solid hardwood, or engineered wood that is a composite of natural wood with a middle layer of crisscrossing plywood or softwood. Both types are generally durable, solid, and comes in a variety of designs and finishes. They give an elegant feel to your home, retain a comfortably consistent temperature, and do not reflect sound as much as tiles. Wood floors are suitable for areas with heavy traffic and use.

Solid hardwood feels stable underfoot and can endure long-term wear and tear. Although they require pretty heavy upkeep through sanding and refinishing, will not need to be replaced over time and can, in fact, last a lifetime. Engineered wood feels more hollow underfoot but adapts well to changing humidity and temperature. It is also more affordable than solid hardwood floors.

Pros:

  • Gives your home a beautiful, natural look
  • Not very noisy
  • Temperature stays pretty constant
  • Durable and long-lasting

Cons:

  • Untreated wood can be susceptible to termite attacks
  • Requires special care and maintenance
  • Susceptible to wear and tear if not cared for properly

4. Vinyl

Vinyl flooring
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Available in a variety of designs and colours, vinyl flooring can give your home a decidedly modern feel. Vinyl is made from PVC and is easily installed and maintained through regular sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping.

Specialised vinyl floor cleaners can be used for deeper cleans, although the upkeep is usually hassle-free. This type of flooring is waterproof and heat and scratch-resistant and can last pretty long depending on the quality of the vinyl used. Vinyl floors maintain a consistent temperature, does not reflect sound and feels solid and comfortable underfoot.

Vinyl flooring must be installed properly on a clean, dirt-free surface or risk damage in the long run. They can be susceptible to chemical stains and are hard to replace and repair when damaged. Vinyl flooring is suitable for most areas of the home.

Pros:

  • Comes in a variety of designs and colours
  • Easy to maintain
  • Moisture, temperature, and stain resistant
  • Relatively affordable

Cons:

  • Hard to repair
  • Improper installation can cause damage over time
  • Susceptible to chemical stains
  • Not as long-lasting as wood, tile or stone flooring

5. Laminate

Laminate flooring
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Laminate flooring is another modern option with many designs to choose from. Unlike vinyl flooring, laminate is made up of layers of melamine or fibre board fused together and encased in a clear, protective outer layer. This type of flooring is also durable, affordable and easy to install and maintain. They also retain a consistent temperature and have a soft, comfortable feel with not a lot of sound reflection.

However, they are susceptible to scratches and are not as resistant to moisture, although certain types of laminate do come with added water resistance. Laminate flooring is more suitable for areas with less traffic such your bedroom and living room, although certain grades of laminate are suitable for kitchen use.

Pros:

  • Available in a variety of designs
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Relatively quiet and comfortably soft
  • More affordable

Cons:

  • Not resistant to standing water
  • Susceptible to warping and damage when wet
  • Not as long-lasting as wood, tile or stone floors

6. Stone

Marble flooring
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Made of natural stone, this type of flooring comes in a variety of forms including slate, granite, limestone, and the luxurious marble.

Design-wise, stone is limited to their natural forms and colours which in itself is elegant, unique, stylish, and beautiful. Stone flooring is durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean, making it suitable for areas with high use. Resistance to moisture, heat, and staining depends on the type of stone used, although most stone flooring should be treated with sealant every few years to maintain its durability and looks. Stone floors should also be polished once in a while for optimum cleanliness and sheen.

Stone flooring is hard and absorbs heat easily. They also tend to get noisy. While generally resistant to wear, certain varieties – like the elegant marble – are prone to scratches and chipping. Stone flooring is also among the more expensive options.

Pros:

  • Elegant, natural and unique look
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Relatively easy to clean and maintain

Cons:

  • Can be pretty expensive
  • Certain types like marble scratch easily
  • Does not absorb noise well
  • Temperature changes easily

Flooring options like wood, tiles, laminate, and vinyl can be installed on your own, although you might want to defer to the experts for the best results if you’re not particularly experienced. Like all home renovation projects, improper installation can bring more trouble in the long run.

Whether you’ve nailed down which flooring choice is the right one for you or still haven’t decided, the experienced professional home renovators on Kaodim will be happy to assist you to build the perfect platform for your perfect home!


written by Louisa Lee


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