When it comes to the selection of flooring, the options for your bathroom vary from those you have for other rooms in your home. Outside of typical factors that are taken into account like cost and durability, bathroom floors are exposed to excessive amounts of water. If the flooring is not equipped to handle that factor, it can speed up the wear and tear process. If you’re in the market for a bathroom floor renovation, choose a flooring option that meets your design goals and is durable enough to withstand water. Check out some of the best bathroom flooring options available below.
- Porcelain & Ceramic Tile: As a bathroom flooring option, ceramic tile is the number one choice. It comes in many stylish options to fit any home design, is cost-friendly and, most importantly, waterproof, giving you the ability to create the bathroom you want without fear of damage. Ceramic tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as colors. There are even tiles that give the appearance of other materials, such as wood. The extensive design options and waterproof nature make this material a no-brainer for bathrooms. It is important to note that tile floors are very slippery when wet. To combat this, use smaller tiles throughout the floor, which incorporate more grout and reduce the slipperiness of the floor.
- Natural Stone: Like ceramic, stone floors are incredibly durable and pose little to no moisture concerns. This flooring option is beautiful in nature, bringing a unique touch to your overall design. Unfortunately, this option is one of the most expensive available and can also be very slippery when wet. If you are willing to go in on the cost of this flooring option, the slippery floor issue can be resolved by sandblasting the stone, giving it more texture.
- Vinyl: If you are expecting higher than normal amounts of water in your bathroom (re: children with their own bathroom), vinyl is a practical choice. Sheet vinyl, which comes in large sizes, eliminates the fear of water damage, as there are virtually no seams through which water may leak. However, this is only the case if the vinyl is laid properly, since this material is generally a do-it-yourself job. If the vinyl is gapped or not laid properly, there will certainly be seams that will be the cause of damage down the road. On the flip side, due to its popularity, vinyl comes in tons of designs and color options, making it a good choice.
Depending on the type of bathroom (half or full), frequency of use, and water expectation, there are several quality flooring options available for your bathroom. Ceramic tile remains the best option, while vinyl and stone provide great alternatives. There are other options available, but in terms of maintenance and durability, these options are the the best of the best.
For more bathroom flooring options, contact Floor Coverings International today.