With the many choices for bathroom flooring available, selecting the right style and texture for your project can be a difficult task. The appearance of the tile is always the first thing people consider when choosing their flooring, but functionality is an important factor as well. Unlike other rooms in the home, bathrooms have to endure factors like humidity, wet floors, and constant foot traffic within a confined space. When considering the strain put on the average bathroom, it’s important to pick out a floor that not only looks great, but can stand up to your lifestyle as well.
Here are 6 common choices for flooring when renovating your bathroom:
When choosing wood there are essentially two options available, either hardwood floors, or wood that has been engineered. The latter refers to flooring that is essentially made of plywood which is difficult for moisture to penetrate. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are susceptible to moisture’s, though they typically offer the luxury that only authentic materials can afford.
The second option is carpet, which most specialists frown upon because of its susceptibility to mildew. Carpet can be used on part of the bathroom, preferably the part that isn’t next to the shower. But unless you love the luxury of a soft carpet under your feet it may be best to stick with flooring that can more effectively handle wetness and mildew.
3. Laminated floors
These floors are more popular than either wood flooring or carpeting because they are resilient to moisture. Typically this type of flooring is made of resin-impregnated paper attached to a fabricated layer made of wood chips. There are numerous options for textures and colors with laminated floors as well, such as oak, cherry, slate, marble, and many other materials.
Stone is perhaps the most luxurious option but it is oftentimes the most expensive. The major advantage of stone is that it is all but impervious to moisture. It will last longer than many other materials, and it can offer an array of design possibilities not possible with other types of flooring.
5. Bamboo or cork
The best thing about flooring made from these materials is they are eco-friendly. They are a renewable resource, and both are extremely resistant to mold, mildew, and all varieties of bacteria. They are also great with moisture, and offer slip-resistant surfaces for safe navigation over wet flooring.
The most used material for bathroom floors is Vinyl. The major advantage of vinyl is that it is completely waterproof. Even major spills are a non-issue for this type of material. This is particularly advantageous as many types of flooring let water gradually accumulate beneath the floors surface, causing damage that’s extremely difficult to fix. Vinyl comes in many different textures and colors so finding the right look for your bathroom is a snap.
When first setting out to choose your bathroom flooring, it may be a good idea to contact a professional. For a free, no hassle consultation, call (818) 878-8588 today. Our team of professional contractors will steer you in the right direction with all your bathroom flooring needs.