Choosing the right type of floor may be one of the most important decisions you have to take when building or renovating a house. This is a decision that cannot be easily amended, if you have a change of heart later. Therefore, it should be done wisely. Sometimes you might end up taking a very emotional choice based on a floor that you saw somewhere and liked a lot. However, doing this without properly studying the pros and cons may cause you lots of stress and efforts later, as each floor has its own unique features that make it perfect for some environments and a disaster for others. Some of the most important factors to take into consideration when making this choice are the cost of the flooring (and how much it would cost for your entire house), how easy or difficult it is to clean and maintain, how long it will last, and the ease of installation. Here are the major types of floors and their advantages and disadvantages.