Choosing the floor for a specific room must be done with special consideration for aesthetics as well as the type of traffic and environmental hazards to which your floor will be subjected. In the bathroom, you will want to consider the costs of your flooring material, the durability and also how it will react to the inevitable deluge that will strike at some point.
Maybe flooding is not actually going to be a problem, but the presence of drains, pipes, showers and tubs means that this floor will see more moisture than any other room in the home. To help you choose a moisture resistant option that will work for you, this article contains some of the best bathroom flooring options and some hints and pointers on each one.
Starting with the best of the best:
1. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Available in so many colors and textures that it can boggle the mind, ceramic and porcelain tiles allow the homeowner to save big on their bathroom floor. It has the beauty and strength or fine stone flooring and the water resistance of vinyl.
The only downsides could be the cold touch in the dead of winter (consider area rugs) and slippery surfaces. For a floor that looks terrific, costs a fair price and lasts a long time with little maintenance, go with the porcelain or ceramic tiling option.
Vinyl is available as a sheet, tile or plank and is very easy to install even for the novice DIY enthusiast. Vinyl resists water very well and again there are so many styles and textures to choose from. For those homes looking to remodel on a budget and expecting their bathroom floors to face considerable amounts of water, vinyl makes a great option.
Seams are the problematic aspects of the task and if moisture is allowed to seep into the flooring below you will have a serious problem. Once again vinyl laying is not a complex task and there are plenty of online resources to provide guidance.
3. Natural Stone
With an uncanny beauty you won’t ever take your eyes off, stone flooring is not the best option in the bathroom for a few reasons. Cold stone flooring is as cold as it gets and some varieties are not suited to the constant moisture. But the biggest problem with stone flooring is the cost involved, this is by far the most expensive option on the list. But, did we mention how beautiful it is?
4. Engineered wood
Finally, modern science allows us to capture all the warmth and grain of wood flooring in a moisture-resistant presentation. Of course, you will want to consider moisture a bad thing and never allow water drops and puddles to stay on the floor as they will begin to mar the attractiveness of the real wood top-layer.
It is a little costly and will need professional installation, but if you want wood, this is your safest bet.
5. Solid Hardwood
Hardwood has nice warmth and textured feel that makes it just lovely in the bathroom. But the advantages end there, in addition to being very costly, hardwood is notoriously susceptible to moisture. Even if you were able to protect it from the floor from drops and spackle, the vapors from showers and baths will be enough to begin a moldy fungal invasion. Only professional flooring installers will create a suitable moisture seal to avoid such a problem