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The right tile can make a world of difference to your home. (Rawpixel pic)

When you step into your home or your bedroom, what’s the first thing you feel? The floor, of course!

Different floors have a different impact on each room. And with many different types of flooring options available in Malaysia, it can be daunting trying to choose the right one for your home.

The most important reason for choosing tiles is the variety of designs available. Whichever look you’re going for, there’s a tile design that will suit your needs.

This guide will enable you to get a better idea of the options and prices of flooring available, and what suits you best.

Ceramic tiles

Available in gloss and matte finishing, ceramic tiles are the most basic tiles and cheapest.

Ceramic tiles are composed of natural clay, sand and water. These ingredients are moulded to form square or rectangular tiles before being baked in a kiln to remove moisture.

Ceramic tiles are mainly used in the living room and bedroom. Designed to be used indoors, they are also suitable as wall tiles owing to their lightweight characteristics.

Available in both gloss and matte finishing, they are considered the most basic and the cheapest.

Best suited: Bedroom, guest bathroom

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles can withstand heavy foot traffic and are resistant to wear and tear.

Porcelain tiles are baked at a very high temperature for a long period to evaporate moisture. These tiles are available in a wide variety of colours and designs, and come with either gloss or matte surfaces.

Porcelain tiles are very versatile as they can withstand heavy foot traffic and resistance against wear and tear. This makes them suited for both indoor or outdoor use, as well as light- or medium-duty commercial applications.

Best suited: Bathroom, kitchen, porch, balcony

Solid hardwood

Merbau, Burmese teak, and belian are well known for being termite-resistant, making them highly valuable.

Solid hardwood flooring is, as its name suggests, made of 100% solid wood pieces. The wood can come from balau, nyatoh, merbau, kempas, chengal, Burmese teak or belian, as well as imported ash, beech, white oak, Tasmanian oak, Russian pine or walnut.

Some of these, such as merbau, Burmese teak and belian, are known for being termite-resistant, which makes them highly valuable.

Best suited: All rooms except bathrooms

Laminate

Laminate flooring is available in many designs, from hardwood appearances to natural stones and ceramics.

Laminate flooring is made of compressed wood fibres and a resin to form the core. The top layer is the design layer that is made of a printed image, covered with a clear layer to protect it.

The printed image can look like wood, marble, or stone.

Homeowners can choose from a myriad of designs ranging from natural hardwood appearances to natural stones and ceramics.

Best suited: living room bedroom, dining, bathroom, kitchen, laundry

Carpet

Roll carpets can be time-consuming to install, but carpet tiles can fit perfectly on most floor spaces.

Generally, there are two types of carpet flooring – roll carpets and carpet tiles.

Roll carpets normally come in a width of 3.5m and can be rolled out to cover the entire length of a room. However, they require professional installation and the process can be very time-consuming.

Carpet tiles, on the other hand, are available in squares of approximately 45cm, 60cm or 91cm, which can fit perfectly on most floor spaces.

Best suited: Office, bedroom

Marble

Marble is available in multiple colours and can be cut into rectangular or triangular shapes of different dimensions.

Quarried from mountains around the world, marble is considered a soft rock that is easily scratched, scraped and chipped.

Since it is a natural product, each piece of marble is unique. It is available in multiple colours or even in a mix of different shades, and can be cut into rectangular or triangular shapes of different dimensions.

Best suited: Living room and bedrooms

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