When selecting the right construction material for your bathroom floor, you are faced with the same considerations as when selecting flooring materials for other areas in the house. Is your roofing durable? Will it withstand the kids’ activities? Does it feel good under bare feet? Here are some of the top flooring options from the worst to best.
No. 7: Carpet. A carpet can be a bad choice for bathroom floors. Just like water and oil, carpet and moisture are not the best of friends either. If you still insist on having carpet in your bathroom, make sure to take a look at pointers and tips from professional carpet installers.
No. 6: Solid hardwood. It may not be the best choice but it is slightly a better option compared to carpet flooring. Solid hardwood looks nice and feels warm under bare feet. But the major disadvantage for this kind of flooring is that moisture destroys the hardwood. If you still want solid hardwood bathroom flooring, make sure the tiles are perfectly installed without gaps to make no room for moisture to thrive in. For this bathroom remodeling project, it would be advisable that you hire the services of a professional installer to help you save money in the long run.
No. 5: Laminate Flooring. In general, laminate flooring is a viable choice for bathrooms. This kind of flooring is a better choice compared to solid hardwood. Laminate flooring is generally a resin impregnated paper that is placed atop wood chip base. The laminate plank’s surface is actually a picture of whatever it is supposed to be imitating- can be slate, marble, oak or cherry. On its uppermost surface is the part that manufacturers tag as the ‘wear layer’. This is a clear layer of melamine and is proven to be very strong. The seams are usually glued together so it is hard for moisture to work its way down the tiles. Laminate is also easy to clean but make sure you keep it away from too much moisture or it will expand and bubble.
No. 4: Engineered Wood. This type has a plywood base that holds up pretty good against moisture. It also looks great since its topmost layer is made up of real wood. If you choose the wood floor look in your bath, engineered wood is a great option.
No. 3: Stone. You don’t have to deal with moisture problems if you choose limestone, granite, marble and other stone flooring options. Stone does not make it to the top list because it can get slippery especially when wet. Stone floors will get a huge budget allocation of any bathroom remodeling project.
No. 2: Tile or Sheet Vinyl. Vinyl is perhaps the most popular option for bathroom floors. it features easy flooring installation and is available in a wide variety of styles, colors and designs.
No. 1: Ceramic Tile. Just like stone, ceramic tiles offer that solid and textured feeling. It is also waterproof and can be fairly expensive. And just like your wood floors, it looks pretty nice. There are different types of ceramic tiles and you should exactly get the type of flooring you want. Like stone, it can be cold and slippery. But texturing will help solve this problem. Go for smaller tiles for enhanced safety.