When it comes to designing or redesigning your bathroom, there are endless things to consider. One of the most important decisions you make is what kind of flooring you choose to have installed. Due to the highly damp environment, selecting flooring material comes with its own unique set of challenges. Today we are going to dive into different bathroom flooring options for you to choose from in your next bathroom design!
Porcelain and Ceramic tile fall into the same category, and take the title of the most popular bathroom floor options. They are relatively inexpensive, as well as giving off the same feel of more expensive floor tiles. They are also waterproof, and you can get them in endless shape and color options. Porcelain and Ceramic Tile may be very cold, but they are also very receptive to under floor heating. One of the only cons is that they tend to be very slippery, but selecting tiles with more texture or using ones that require more grout will fix this one issue.
While concrete floors may be more common in homes with slab foundations, there are options for homes that are not in the form of a concrete slab, or you can have an overlay poured. Concrete floors bring endless options when it comes to style. It can be dyed, painted, stamped, or polished! Concrete floors will last a lifetime, and are completely immune to water. It is a very cost effective option. One major con is how slippery it is, similar to porcelain and ceramic tile. It is important that when they are finished that some texture is left on the surface to prevent major slipping.
Vinyl has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. It is easy to install, cost effective, and is completely waterproof. Vinyl is very durable, but it can also develop gaps and bumps over time, and it is not easy to fix. There are two types of vinyl composition, one being wood plastic composite which is thicker, more flexible, and definitely beats its competitor, stone plastic composite, when it comes to durability.
If you were hoping to have true wood floors in your bathroom, engineered wood will be your best option due to its plywood base that will hold up well against the moisture. It truly resembles hardwood due to the top layer being real hardwood veneer. It is important to note that any wood flooring option is prone to faster wear when used in bathrooms, but engineered wood is the best option for those looking to continue their hardwood floors throughout the entire home.
Natural stone is a beautiful and durable bathroom flooring option, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Some natural stone flooring options include marble, granite, and slate. While it may be pricey, it can also be phenomenal when it comes to resale value. It has a tendency to be cold, but with some in-floor heating this issue is quickly solved. For those of us looking to make bold and elegant statements with our bathroom flooring options, natural stone is one to seriously consider.
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