It became possible due to modern engineering and technology to have many choices regarding bathroom flooring today as compared to the past. Bathroom flooring has been particularly designed nowadays by considering concerns of durability and water resistance. The floor should handle everything and anything either messes or moisture, which you find typically in the bathroom.
Most people select flooring type by considering just appearance in most parts of the home. People want the flooring of the living room, dining room, bedroom and office to look amazing. But in the case of bathroom flooring, other concerns are there, like waterproof and pressure resistance.
It is not an anomaly to have water prevalence in the bathroom; it is a normal expectation regarding any bathroom. As the moisture is present in every corner of the bathroom including walls, ceiling and floor, this moisture can easily ruin bad flooring. With moisture, there are many other concerns like durability, appearance, cost, and installation ease should also be considered, as well. For bathroom flooring, there are some clear cut top choices, as well as a few interesting types with some drawbacks.
- Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
It is best for bathroom flooring because it is waterproof, stylish according to modern demands and inexpensive with great features. It gives the bathroom a great look and solid feeling.
Porcelain is part of the general ceramic tile family with some superiority by the difference in water absorption rate. The Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA) certifies tile as “porcelain” if these tiles absorb water up to 0.5-percent or less. You can easily make a floor according to your desire as there is a huge range of versatility in ceramic tiles. Such ceramic tiles are also available that look like stone or wood. Tiles are prepared in a variety of shapes from typical square or rectangular to hexagonal or octagonal.
Tiles can be cleaned easily and can resist the pressure of standing pools of water for a long time too. When a tile is wet, it becomes slippery. This problem can be solved by texturing with smaller tiles which are less slippery due to more grout.
- Many options of style
- Not expensive irrespective of good features
- Can be cleaned easily
- Feels cold
- Feels hard so difficult to stand over it for a long time
- Becomes slippery by wetting
- Vinyl Flooring in form of Sheet, Plank, or Tile
Vinyl is the first and foremost choice for bathroom flooring for many years. In the laundry room and children’s bathroom where there are great chances of water prevalence, vinyl flooring in sheet form is the best choice. Sheet vinyl flooring can be easily installed due to large size. Due to its popularity around the globe, there are a number of style choices and designs available. Vinyl flooring can be done easily without spending money over an expert.
- Completely water-resistant
- Not expensive
- Planks and sheets are easy to install
- Floating vinyl flooring can be replaced easily
- Low resale value
- Bumps and gaps are seen mostly in vinyl flooring
- Natural Stone
If you don’t have any financial issues, then natural stone is the best option for bathroom flooring. With some specific stone flooring, moisture problems arise. It is characterized by a solid feeling and aesthetically pleasing look. Stone flooring seems cold & slippery on wetting. Coldness can be solved by placing the radiating heat apparatus beneath the floor. Due to its high cost, most people cannot afford this flooring option.
- High resale value
- Highly durable
- Difficult to install
- Engineered Wood
Engineered wood flooring can be done in case of high moisture conditions because of its stability. Due to its base of plywood, it can tolerate moisture to a great extent. It looks naturally like wood because the uppermost layer is real hardwood veneer. If you want your bathroom floor to look made of real wood, and then engineered wood is the best choice. But it is true that all types of wood are vulnerable to damage in bathrooms.
- Highly stable
- Natural wood appearance
- Over flooding leads to damage through top hardwood layer
- High cost