The floor of your remodeled bathroom should enhance the appearance of the room overall, but it’s also important to consider other factors. Choosing the wrong kind of floor for your bathroom could result in having one that’s slippery and unsafe or one that can easily sustain damage from water or moisture. Learn more about the different kinds of floor options for your bathroom, including their advantages and disadvantages.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles combine safety and style, making this an ideal flooring option for many bathrooms. These waterproof tiles are available in a wide range of textures, colors, and designs. They’re also relatively easy to maintain compared to other floor materials. However, they tend to be cold in winter and can become slippery when they get wet. Adding texture to the surface of these tiles is an effective way to prevent them from being slippery. Tile floors can also be upgraded by adding a heating element underneath to moderate the temperature.
Vinyl floors for bathrooms are highly resistant to staining and moisture, which makes them a safe choice for many homeowners. High-quality sheets of vinyl, which come in a variety of design options, provide a stylish floor with fewer seams than peel-and-stick vinyl sheets. Having fewer seams means that there’s an even lower risk of having water get under your flooring. Another option to consider is luxury vinyl plank flooring. Keep in mind that vinyl floors can be difficult to install, so it’s best to have professionals handle it.
Natural stone floors for bathrooms offer a high degree of stylishness and natural beauty. These floors are also highly durable and waterproof, making them a good investment. The disadvantages of natural stone floors, such as granite or marble, are that they can be cold in winter and slippery to walk on when they’re wet. Natural stone is also among the most expensive flooring options for bathrooms.
Engineered wood offers a more suitable flooring option for bathrooms than solid wood, thanks to its ability to handle moisture better. Engineered wood floors have plywood bases that help prevent damage caused by water and moisture in bathrooms. This type of bathroom floor provides a warm, elegant look and isn’t as prone to swelling as natural wood. Keep in mind that engineered wood floors should have a protective finish for additional protection from moisture.
Laminate floors have a wood base and resin surface that holds up well against water and moisture, but you do need to make sure that the base won’t absorb too much moisture. Laminate floors in bathrooms are easier to maintain than other materials, and they’re available in a wide range of designs.
If you’re ready to go over flooring options for your bathroom remodel, please contact us at Owens Construction today to schedule a consultation. Check back soon for the final part of our bathroom remodeling series.