Whether it’s time to upgrade your bathroom style or make necessary changes, choosing bathroom flooring is much different than selecting flooring material for other areas of your home. Finding a look that you like and fits within your budget is possible considering the many choices available.
Due to lingering humidity in the bathroom, certain flooring can be ruined quickly. The most popular bathroom floor choices are below, offering a solution to any desired style and budget.
Skip the true hardwood flooring in the bathroom and opt for engineered wood. The plywood base performs well against the constant moisture. Plus, you can still enjoy the aesthetics of real wood, as the top layer of the manufactured option is natural wood. The largest downside to engineered wood is its susceptibility to damage.
Laminate flooring comes in a variety of style and, depending on the brand you get, can last for decades. Laminate flooring has a wood-like base and is covered with a graphic that mimics wood or stone. The laminate flooring becomes very strong when the wear layer, or clear coat, is placed on top. You will need to take precautions to protect the wood-chip base from moisture, which can be completed with very tight seams between the planks.
If you’re working with a large budget, natural stone is a great bathroom floor material. Real stone flooring is the most expensive option, but has fewer moisture problems. Stones like marble, granite and limestone can last for decades and often increase the value of the home.
With so many shape and color variations, porcelain and ceramic tile is one of the most popular bathroom flooring materials. Porcelain tile is waterproof, allowing you to avoid a mold or mildew problem, and the material is cost-effective. Even on a limited budget you can achieve your desired look thanks to textured tiles that mirror natural stone or wood. But without radiant heating, tile floors can get cold and slippery when wet, so be sure to use bathroom rugs as needed.
Vinyl is the ideal bathroom flooring material in a child’s bathroom. The built-in practicality of vinyl flooring means the space will be protected from even large amounts of water. There are endless color and pattern choices in vinyl flooring, so you’re sure to find one that matches your current bathroom décor. If you’re unfamiliar with how to lay vinyl, it’s best to call in a professional.
Ideally, you want bathroom flooring that reflects your personal style and is durable under constantly wet conditions. Consider your space, taste and budget while planning for your new floor.