When choosing to renovate your home, an important thing to think about is the flooring. Different types of flooring have different pros and cons, and can be a difficult task if you’re looking to do them yourself.

For instance, though one type of flooring can be easier to install, that same type of flooring may be more difficult to clean. Another type of flooring can be both easy to install and clean, but may be more expensive than one that isn’t. Here are some of the different types of flooring to get you started:

1. Ceramic Tiles
Tiles have been used for a long time in a lot of homes, and they’ve become a go-to for a reason.
Ceramic tiles are strong, durable, and come in a wide variety of shades and colors that you can even mix and match to go along with the desired paint color or wallpaper for your walls. They are also easy to clean and sterilize, especially if you have small children.

One disadvantage that they have is that everything brittle, such as glass, tends to break when dropped on them. They are also difficult to install.

2. Wood Tiles
While ceramic tiles have been used for a long time, floating wood tiles have only come to use in households recently.

They do have the advantage of being easier to install, being stain-resistant, and much easier to clean. However, they are made of laminated wood strips, and thus can show scuff marks as well as being really slippery when wet.

3. Hardwood
They may not be made of laminated wood, but are instead strips fashioned from actual wood trunks. Common hardwoods used for flooring include hickory, maple, and oak.

Though hardwood floors are extremely durable, can be sanded many times throughout their lifetime, and don’t retain heat easily (great for keeping cool in Singapore’s humid climate), they are really difficult and labor-intensive when it comes to installation.

4. Vinyl
Vinyl is a fully synthetic polymer flooring that’s flexible and non-porous. Not only is it durable and easy to install, but it can be glued or even nailed to the floor. It’s also stain-resistant and easy to clean.

However, though cheap, vinyl flooring can actually be pretty dangerous. The process used to make vinyl tiles emits VOCs into the atmosphere as a by-product, and because sharp objects can damage this material, is really hard to repair, and sections are often entirely replaced when damaged.