Choosing the right flooring for your bathroom is trickier than choosing a flooring material for other areas of your home. Bathrooms often have to deal with a huge amount of water and if the flooring material isn’t right, the floor can get easily damaged.
With several flooring options available for bathrooms, it can get a little overwhelming for buyers to make the right choice. You also need to consider some important factors such as your lifestyle, usage pattern, budget, and aesthetics when selecting a floor. In today’s blog post, we’ve listed some of the best flooring options for bathrooms to help you make an informed purchase decision.
- Ceramic Tiles
This is one of the most popular bathroom flooring choices as it’s cost-effective, waterproof, durable, stain-resistant, and provides a classic look to the space. These tiles can withstand large pools of water and are very easy to clean.
Ceramic tiles are available in different styles and patterns which enable you to create a particular look for your bathroom according to your aesthetic preference. For example, if you want to have a wooden or a stone floor look in your space, you can select ceramic tiles that come with such patterns. You can also choose the size and shape of the tiles ranging from square to hexagonal, depending on the area of your space as well as the style that you desire to create. Tiles also provide an opportunity to get creative with tinted grout.
However, ceramic tiles come with a set of drawbacks too. They feel hard and cold under feet. When wet, these tiles can get slippery causing accidental falls if not careful. But this issue can be solved by choosing textured tiles with a non-skid surface or smaller tiles.
Vinyl is another cost-effective flooring solution for bathrooms that are waterproof, stain-resistant, easy to clean and install. Vinyl sheets and planks are ideal choices for laundry rooms and children’s bathrooms which see a lot of water spillage. There are several styles and pattern options available that mimic natural materials like wood, stone, linen, etc. to give your bathroom your desired look. It’s important, however, to choose a high-quality vinyl sheet to eliminate the chances of water seeping under the seams. It’s also advisable to install foam or felt underlayment to make the floor feel softer underfoot. This will also reduce the chances of accidents that are common on wet bathroom floors.
Modern laminate flooring can withstand dampness, drips, scratches, and stains. It mimics the look of real wood and can be easily installed over an existing floor. There are water repellant varieties of laminates available, suitable for all bathrooms. Although they lack the warmth of real wood, laminates are a durable, affordable, and practical bathroom flooring choice.
- Engineered Wood
If you’re fond of real wood and want to extend the look to your bathroom, you can go for engineered wood. Unlike tile, vinyl, and laminate flooring, engineered wood comes with a top layer that’s composed of real wood. Engineered wood, being resistant to high moisture and humidity, makes a good choice for bathrooms if you’re looking for an expensive makeover. But you must make sure that the installation is properly done because if the floor isn’t appropriately sealed, water can get inside the boards and cause permanent damage.
Now that you have this list of top flooring materials for bathrooms, make your buying decision based on your needs, maintenance requirements, and budget.
Check out our selection of top-grade flooring materials at AA Floors. We specialize in offering flooring solutions for residential, commercial, and institutional spaces irrespective of project size and custom requirements.