The Best Options for Bathroom Flooring
When picking flooring for your bathroom, there’s more than just thinking about your own style. There are some important factors to consider – how does your new flooring handle water? Will it stain easily or have traction to walk across with wet feet? The following is a breakdown of the most popular choices for bathroom floors to help make your important decision.
Porcelain or ceramic
- Porcelain tile is the best of all worlds for bathrooms. They are easy to maintain, are durable, waterproof and stain resistant as well as being cost-efficient. Many people choose this type due to the simple fact that they don’t have to worry about water damage or extra moisture on their floors. The styles and colors to choose from are endless. Plus, if you’re a hardwood flooring fan, you can even find ceramic tiles that look like wood! There are a few cons to note as well. They can be difficult to install and can feel cold and hard to the touch, which can be a turn off to those who gravitate more towards liking the luxury of a heated floor. Yes, they can feel cold but investing in a good pair of slippers is an easy fix! Overall, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
Natural Stone Tiles
- There are many different kinds of stone tiles available in all texture variations. They are also very durable but they do have a higher maintenance than porcelain or ceramic. They require regular cleaning and sealing and can be very pricey. Natural stone can provide a luxurious, high-end look to any bathroom. Marble, travertine, slate and granite are some main options to choose from, as well as a variety of textures including etched, sandblasted, and tumbled. Natural stone flooring is one of the more expensive flooring options out there right now. And because it tends to be more difficult to install, professional installation is a must! It does hold up to the moisture in bathrooms, so it is a good long-term investment to your bathroom.
- Cork flooring is not as common as other floors but very eco-friendly and easy install. So it’s becoming more popular as many can Do-It-Yourself. It is low maintenance and easy upkeep. Perfect for a bathroom as it is soft to walk on and warm to the touch, so it feels good on your feet!. Cork also has anti-microbial properties that resists both mold and mildew, which is ideal in any bathroom setting. Although it is water resistant, it is not waterproof. Unfinished tiles do require multiple layers of polyurethane when installing, otherwise your flooring could warp or crack.
- If you have your heart set on hardwood floors in your bathroom, then engineered hardwood is a great option. It’s made of real wood, but because it has many layers with a veneer top, it can go places that solid hardwood planks often can’t. This kind of flooring can withstand heat and moisture, unlike their solid wood counterpart. There are a variety of options to choose from and can even be installed over existing flooring. Engineered hardwood is one of the more expensive flooring options for a bathroom so expect to pay ab
out as much as you would for solid wood, some cases, even more. Also keep in mind that it is water resistant, not waterproof. It can be tough to repair damaged boards if water does find its way between boards.
- Luxury vinyl, or plank flooring can give your bathroom a high-end look for a fraction of the price. It can often come in a wood and natural stone options as well. You can find water-resistant and waterproof planks, which is a huge bonus when used in a bathroom. Luxury vinyl feels good to walk on and can be installed over existing flooring. There are a few disadvantages to this type of flooring though. First, it most likely won’t increase your property value as other flooring would. It can look “cheap” if installed incorrectly, so definitely wouldn’t recommend for a DIY project. And lastly, this type of flooring may omit VOCs.