Everyone’s bathroom is a bit different, both in terms of the style of the bathroom and in who uses it! Because of this, your perfect bathroom flooring might be different from everyone else’s. There’s no one choice that’s better than any of the others. It all depends on the details.
Thankfully, there are all kinds of options which fit a wide variety of flooring needs and goals. When you’re selecting the perfect bathroom flooring for your home, keep in mind a handful of factors or preferences so you can eliminate those choices which don’t fit your criteria.
First, think about the temperature. Bathroom surfaces will be warmer or colder depending on the material used. Some people hate stepping out of the shower onto a cold stone surface, or they dislike how tile keeps the entire bathroom a little cooler than the rest of the house. Others hate how carpet soaks up excess water and wish for a surface that doesn’t absorb so easily.
Next, consider appearance. Many surfaces fit well with any kind of household theme, but others are more specialized and will only look right if the rest of the house and bathroom go together along with it. If room-to-room consistency appeals to you, think about the flooring of the rest of your home, too.
Finally, consider the price. Certain flooring options are more expensive than others. If you’re doing an entire bathroom makeover, make sure to factor in your dream flooring’s price before you finalize the rest of the project.
Tile is one of the most classic options for bathroom flooring and for good reason. Bathrooms are often wet places and floors that don’t absorb water last longer and don’t smell as bad if they’re moist for some time. Tile floors are easy to clean, too, and since bathrooms are dirty places it’s key to clean bathroom floors often. Tiles make this an easier job than other floor surface options. They are quite cold to the touch, so if heat and comfort matter to you, perhaps consider installing heaters beneath the tile floor.
Tiles come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, so if a bathroom floor that matches the rest of the room’s interior matters to you, this might be the best choice due to the sheer number of customization options.
Summary: Tile is a common bathroom flooring. It does not easily absorb water, is easy to clean and comes in the widest variety of colors and shapes. However, it is one of the colder flooring types and can sometimes be slippery.
Hardwood can be a great alternative to tile, as it can be warmer on your feet without having the absorption of carpet. Wood conducts heat much better than tile or stone and is also very easy to clean with standard household tools. However, water can still leak beneath a hardwood surface, leading to ideal conditions for growing mold.
Wood which has soaked up water may expand, warping the overall shape of your bathroom floor and causing panels or planks to crack and break. To alleviate this problem, invest in mats or make sure to clean up moisture spills whenever possible.
Summary: Hardwood floors are warmer than tile and stone, but colder than carpet. It can occasionally be slippery.
Carpet can easily be the most comfortable type of floor for your bathroom, given that it’s warm and soft to the touch. However, carpet bathroom floors can absorb moisture very easily. This can lead to problems down the road when mold or mildew grows beneath the carpet surface. This is mainly a problem only if you allow the problem to remain, and careful maintenance can allow you to have to a clean, comfortable bathroom floor.
If you do plan on using carpet, try to find a series of bathmats or plastic covers to minimize moisture absorption, and clean the floor often. Make a habit of minimizing water-floor contact by adopting habits like drying off in the shower or tub instead out outside on the floor.
Summary: Carpet is the warmest of bathroom flooring options but runs the risk of absorbing water that falls into it very quickly.
Laminate Or Vinyl Flooring
These are more interesting variations on hard floor surfaces. Laminate surfaces simulate the style and feel of wood through synthetic blending processes, keeping them warmer than tile but not as absorptive as carpet. Water is kept out of the seals and cracks in the laminate flooring thanks to a clear, protective seal. However, if water managed to seep into the flooring through the edges of the entire piece, it’s almost impossible to dry out and could cause shaping problems down the road. This is because the base underneath the protective cover might expand since it’s usually made of wood chips or something similar.
Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is done with reliable, waterproof sheets which are spread over a floor surface. This is an excellent solution if your bathroom is often a wet place despite your best efforts. Sheets are often the best choice for vinyl flooring, as opposed to tiles or strips since it’s the best at keeping water out from under your bathroom floor. Fitting it into the exact shape of your bathroom might be difficult without an expert’s help.
Summary: Both of these options are rarer than others and are great at reducing the risk of mold or mildew from water spillage. Both come in a few different types and shapes.
Stone is perhaps the classiest and most old-fashioned of bathroom flooring options. It doesn’t have problems with mold or mildew like many other floor types, so a wet bathroom is less of an issue with stone floors. However, stone can become quite cold, especially in the winter, and since it doesn’t absorb water it can also be hazardous due to the possibility of slipping. Mats or textured stone surfaces can help alleviate this potential problem.
One other thing to consider is the price: stone can quite often be one of the more expensive options for flooring types, but this may be worth it in the end as there’s no chance of mildew damage from excessive moisture.
Summary: Stone does not absorb water from bathroom use and is easy to clean. However, it is the coldest floor type and can cause slipping if one is not careful.
Choosing The Right Bathroom Flooring For You
In the end, there is no one right answer when it comes to the perfect bathroom flooring. It’s an individual choice that’s unique to what you like in your bathroom, but that makes it fun! With all of the available flooring types, there’s definitely something that will fit your needs in terms of temperature, appearance and price. Don’t wait – contact us today and explore all your options!
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