Choosing the right flooring in a bathroom is important, particularly because of the moisture and water that will collect on it. Certain kinds of flooring (the permanent covering of a floor) have proven successful in protecting against moisture and water. Other factors considered in selecting the right bathroom flooring include durability, safety, and aesthetic appeal.
Vinyl Flooring In The Bathroom
Probably the most common bathroom flooring found is vinyl. Vinyl is soft on the feet and easy to install, clean, and maintain. Not only is vinyl affordable, but it comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it is water resistant.
Vinyl is available in sheets and tiles. Sheet vinyl comes in 6-foot and 12-foot width, covering most bathrooms in a single sheet. Vinyl tiles are available in squares as large as 18-by-18 inches. Being tiles, however, they will have to be seams. As opposed to the sheets, tiles can be arranged in desired patterns according to placement, color, shape, and the like.
Bathroom Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are also popular and remain a timeless and beautiful choice for bathroom flooring. Whether used to create small mosaic designs or to cover large spaces, ceramic tiles are available in almost any color and even with hand-painted designs. Though more expensive than other types of tiles, ceramic provides a surface easy to clean and very durable. Along with stone, ceramic tiles are considered a premium product with a classy look.
As these tiles easily become slippery with a touch of water or even moisture, it is important to choose an unglazed or slip-resistant tile for safety. Additionally, these tiles are cold. In a bathroom or home spa, ceramic tiles are often placed atop cement holding electric heating systems. Or, heat lamps placed from the ceiling warm up the ceramic.
Carpet and Hardwood Floors In The Bathroom
Carpet offers warmth without the need of any additional heating. Stain- and moisture-resistant carpets are available for bathrooms. However, experts recommend combining carpet with vinyl tiles or something of the like so as to avoid excessive exposure to water. Same goes for hardwood floors. Although wood can be coated multiple times with water-resistant finish that also fills in any cracks, it is recommended to combine wood with a tile so as to cut down on unnecessary water damage. Or, at least lay a rug down just outside the tub.
Bathroom Laminate Floors and Other Bathroom Flooring Options
Laminate floors are easy to clean and they do not require much maintenance to upkeep. If choosing laminate floors, pay special attention to the manufacturer's warranty because they are not as water-resistant as other flooring options. Among others, natural stones, VCT or vinyl composite tile and marmoleum are additional bathroom flooring options.