Remodeling or building your home can be an exciting thing! However, with it come many decisions and choices for every room. So let’s talk about bathrooms. Did you know that picking the flooring for this room is especially important just because it’s the bathroom? That’s right. The flooring for a bathroom comes with a lot to consider such as moisture, water on the floor, the need for it to be slip-resistant.
With all of these things to consider, there are many different choices for your bathroom floor based on what you want and need. Here is a list of flooring options along with the positives and negatives to each.
The positives: Ceramic tile is probably the most seen of flooring when it comes to bathrooms. This classic look is durable, waterproof, and resistant to stains.
The negatives: The only downside is that it can sometimes be pretty slippery when wet and also gets pretty cold – especially in the winter. These problems can be avoided by getting a certified slip-resistant tile. Also, laying the tile over a radiant heated system can help with the cold floors.
The positives: Vinyl is probably the most inexpensive option there is. Another plus is that it’s easy to install and can be done yourself without professional help. It’s also easy to clean and is stain-resistant.
The negatives: While it is waterproof, if it’s laid down in tiles, water can seep into the cracks. Since water is common on the floor of bathrooms it may be a better idea to use a sheet of vinyl instead of the peel and stick tiles. This will eliminate the potential for water leaking underneath the floor.
The positives: If you have your heart set on hardwood, this look is always in style. Laminate gives the look of hardwood but is a much cheaper option if you’re looking to save some money and stick to your budget.
The negatives: With hardwood floors, water can be a big problem. Any extensive water spillage can cause a large amount of damage to hardwood. In this case, engineered wood made into planks is better than solid wood when it comes to resisting moisture and humidity.
The positives: Like laminate, bamboo floors are perfect if you want a hardwood floor without spending the money for one. Bamboo is much more affordable than hardwood.
The negatives: There are really no negatives to bamboo floors. Bamboo planks should be used (instead of solid bamboo) for a bathroom as it’s more durable and better for wet environments.
The positives: Cork is a very environmentally friendly option. Made from bark, cork is a renewable resource and it’s also resistant to mildew and water. Since there is typically a lot of moisture in bathrooms, this is a huge benefit to cork flooring as it creates a cleaner and healthier space.
The negatives: Cork often comes in glue-down tiles. If these are used, water can seep into the cracks. If you use these tiles, lay down unfinished tiles and then seal the floor with a finish once they’re installed to help keep out moisture. These tiles work perfectly for above grade bathrooms (above sea level) but planks should be used in below-grade spaces.
When it comes to choosing your bathroom flooring, it really comes down to what look you want to create. With most options, there are ways to approach and deal with the issues of moisture and stains. If you’re having trouble deciding what you want and what will work best for your bathroom, ask a professional for a little guidance!
This post was written by Tracy Tesmer Remodeling, specializing in home, kitchen and bathroom remodeling in Gainesville, GA. Tracy has over 30 years of experience in all areas of home remodeling.