Are you in the process of shopping around for new or replacement bathroom flooring? If so, you will most likely have discovered that making the right choice is not easy because there are so many different options to choose from. However, owing to the fact that all bathrooms will experience high levels of humidity and water exposure, it’s crucial to ensure that you make the right choice. Below are a few pointers to assist you with this.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
The main reasons why these types of tiles make an excellent choice for installing on your bathroom floor is that they are stylish, completely waterproof and relatively affordable when compared to some other flooring.
Another advantage of both of these types of tiles is that they are available in many different sizes, shapes, colors and patterned options these days, enabling you to choose the right match for the rest of your bathroom décor. When the time comes to clean tiled floors, all that is normally required is a damp mop and a little mild cleaning solution.
Potential disadvantages of tiled floors are that they can be cold and hard underfoot (unless underfloor heating is installed) and they can become slippery when wet.
Available in sheet, tile or plank form, vinyl has been an excellent choice for bathroom flooring for many years because of its water-resistant capabilities. These days, it is available in several different colors and styles as well, meaning that it will be easy to find just the right option for your home.
Keep in mind though that if any seams are present in your vinyl flooring, it can enable water to get underneath it – which can lead to mold growth over time. When having any type of vinyl installed, be sure to have as few seams as possible and ensure that planks are installed as close together as possible as well.
Although this is a great option for bathroom floors, keep in mind that it will be quite costly. Natural stone flooring is quite hard, meaning that it will be durable. It will also provide your home with a great resale value over time.
It is important to remember that some types of natural stone flooring could experience issues when exposed to high amounts of moisture such as granite, marble, and limestone. Stone flooring can also be quite slippery and cold, especially during winter. In some cases, mildly sandblasting the top layer can help provide more grip underfoot.
This option is more affordable than natural stone and it is a lot warmer and more comfortable underfoot as well. However, if you choose to install solid hardwood flooring in your bathroom it is critically important to ensure that it is thoroughly sealed and that there are absolutely no gaps where moisture can get in anywhere. Even the tiniest gap that allows water through will result in this flooring deteriorating over time due to wood rot.
What not to Use for Bathroom Flooring
While it may be tempting to install wall-to-wall carpeting in your bathroom to keep it warmer and more comfortable to walk on, this is a big no-no.
All types of carpeting will retain moisture for hours (or even days in cases where a bathroom has insufficient ventilation), which will not only result in it rotting; within a very short time, mold will develop in the carpeting, and underneath it as well, which will pose a serious health risk for you and your family.
If you have tiled flooring and want to use loose area rugs with rubber backing over it, ensure that these rugs are small enough to be washed or at least aired regularly – as in a few times a week. This will help prevent mold from forming in them over time.
When shopping for your new bathroom flooring, it is essential that you set aside a realistic budget and not base your final choice on the cost alone. This will enable you to get a decent quality floor covering at a price that is most affordable for you. Always ensure that you have your flooring installed by a professional.