Are you looking into upgrading your bathroom and trying to pinpoint the best bathroom flooring options? Designing new spaces for your home or making necessary updates can be both challenging and very fun for the novice, but in the end, it will be worth all the hard work it took to make it happen.
There are a few things you must ask yourself when trying to decide on the best flooring for bathroom floors: how long will it last? Is it durable enough to withstand constant long-term use? Does it have a great overall look to it? All of these questions will factor in to the decision you make. There are quite a few different choices out there that satisfy each of these needs and depending on how much you’re looking to spend, you’ll find just what suits your taste.
Bathroom Flooring Options:
Carpet is the worst choice for a bathroom floor–it absorbs moisture and looks very tacky to the majority–but it can be a necessity for some (for reasons unknown to most). If you absolutely have to have it, there are ways to do it right: and that most likely starts with hiring professional laborers to get the job done.
Hardwood floors are a better alternative than carpet for their attractive look and warm feel, but moisture is too their biggest enemy. Again, to get the best results possible with this choice, you should hire professional installers to be sure that there are no tiny spaces or gaps where moisture can seep through and ruin the floor.
Engineered wood, like a good bamboo, is one better than solid wood because its plywood base fights moisture like a warrior while the real wood on the top gives off a very expensive yet pleasing look and feel. These kinds of floors are typically very easy to do yourself and they install rather quickly.
Laminate flooring is engineered with a clear layer of melamine at the top that can stand up to tons of wear and tear. Although it has a “low class” look depending on what style or pattern you decide on, it’s a very good option for a bathroom because it’s easy to clean and so long as its been installed properly, the glued seams keep moisture out very well.
What about cork flooring in bathroom situations? You need to ensure that the floor is really well sealed as humidity and moisture is one of the main problems for a cork floor. Solid cork tiles are probably not a good option as they are hard to seal completely. Consider floating cork tiles or planks. These are coated with a polyurethane coating. You will also need to ensure the edges are very well sealed. Check out our article on the pros and cons of cork flooring.
Stone floors have virtually no problems with moisture, but they’re cold to walk on. They also tend to be slippery, but having the stone sandblasted or textured can fix that problem easily. The biggest mark against choosing stone is that they don’t make for a very budget-friendly pick.
Vinyl has always been a popular choice for its low cost and the ease that comes from doing it yourself without much hassle. Tile vinyl installs quickly and should only take the amateur remodeler about a weekend’s worth of work to complete, but over time the tiles start to come up. Sheet vinyl is much more durable and doesn’t come up, but it’s also the more difficult option of the two for an inexperienced person to install.
Ceramic tile is waterproof and extremely versatile with countless shapes, sizes and styles available at fairly affordable prices. It looks great and feels solid underfoot. It can also feel cold but there are radiant-heated choices available and you can also cut down on the slippery feel by having the tiles textured. The grout used during the installation process will also help with that issue.
The world is your oyster and you can decide to go with whatever materials tickle your fancy (especially if you’re not doing a renovation with resale value in mind), but it’s obvious that some choices stand out as the leading contenders. If you’re after the finest materials at a fair price, the best flooring for bathrooms is ceramic tiles, sheet vinyl, textured or sandblasted stone or an engineered wood. If you’re looking to do all or most of the work yourself without hiring out help, engineered wood flooring is probably your best bet. It’s durable, long-lasting and super quick to install.
Home renovations can be an exciting learning experience for any homeowner and bathroom upgrades are sure to get a good return on your dollar as long as they’re done in good taste. Your bathroom flooring options will be one of the key elements to a great design!