The Romans are famous for their baths. The public baths were an opportunity for relaxation as well as hygiene. Roman bathroom flooring was generally marble or mosaic.
Roman baths included several rooms for anointing with oil, for exercise, hot and cold rooms as well as swimming pools. We now have less extravagant arrangements and bathing is generally a private activity. It’s still about more than hygiene.
Your bathroom can be a place for you to escape the pressures of the day, to relax, and to renew yourself. Attractive decor and good design can help achieve this but what do you do about the floor?
There are so many flooring options it can sometimes be difficult to know what’s best for you. Read on to learn about the best bathroom flooring options for your home.
Some people still love carpet in their bathroom and, it can feel nice underfoot. The problem is that bathrooms are generally wet places. Moisture is not good for carpets as it can lead to mold and mildew.
If you want to have a carpet in your bathroom then choose man-made fibers such as nylon, polyester, PTT or polypropylene. Avoid wool and thick pile. Minimise moisture by using bathmats.
Natural stone does not have the moisture problems of carpet. It can look great. Afterall the Romans built beautiful marble bathhouses.
It can be cold and slippery. These problems can be overcome by choosing textured stone products. You might not be able to overcome the remaining problem which is that it is expensive.
Wood or Laminate Flooring
Solid wood shares some of the same problems as carpet. Although it looks good and feels warm it does not perform well in moist conditions.
Engineered wood has a plywood base so is more stable. This means it resists moisture better and still maintains the attractive appearance and warmth of real wood.
Laminate flooring is made of a hard wearing top layer on a wood chip base. If fitted well it is hard for moisture to pass between the planks but if it does or if it gets under the edges then you are in trouble. The woodchip base expands and even after drying out it will not return to the original shape.
Of these three options, engineered wood is the most stable and resilient.
Vinyl comes in the form of tiles, sheet or planks. It can look great if you choose the right design.
If you expect to have lots of water splashed about then go for the sheet but be aware that it is not easy to fit. It may be best to find a reliable fitter. Tiles are less resilient but are more likely to be a DIY solution.
Porcelain Tiles that are certified by The Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA) have a low water absorption rate. They are great in wet conditions and there is a huge range of attractive designs.
As well as a range of colors, porcelain tiles can have textured surfaces and come in many shapes and sizes. They can be cold to touch but if this is important to you it is possible to combine porcelain tiles with underfloor heating.
Your Bathroom Flooring
Your bathroom has to work for you. Weigh up the options considering resistance to moisture, warmth, cost, and appearance.
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