Bathroom Flooring: Choosing a Suitable Floor Material

by interior designer

in Bathroom,Floors

Purchasing the right flooring material for your bathroom floor is an important aspect of your interior design considerations. Personal style is often seen as paramount but it should also match with some basic common sense regarding usage and how impervious the surface is to water. The following are some general guidelines for a variety of different materials to consider before you go ahead with installing a new bathroom floor.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is probably the most common and popular choice for a bathroom. It comes in both sheets or tiles which makes it easy to install. In the case of the vinyl tiles, they lend themselves to easy replacement if old ones are damaged. This material is easy to clean and is resistant to most stains and moisture. However, the seams can be a breeding ground for germs if not cleaned properly.

Ceramic Tile

Bathroom ceramic tile flooring is the most hygienic and durable. Its long lasting nature means it can be cost effective over a large period of time. With this material, it is important to acquire a tile that is the least water absorbent when it comes to this particular room in the home. In stores you will see the ceramic tiles come with a porosity rating ranging from impervious which is the least absorbent, to non-vitreous which is the most absorbent.

Laminate

Lamination is basically the process of merging two or more different materials together to form one material. The strength gained from such a technique comes from the compaction through either pressure or intense heat. Laminate floorboards are the same shape and can often have a similar look to those of natural wood flooring. However, the laminate plank is actually a photographic image printed onto a thin layering underneath a wear layer. This type of floor material is very durable and cheaper than natural wood.

Natural Wood or Hardwood

Hardwood floors are often the most attractive kind of floor material you can install in a bathroom. If you have an old house with rustic and antique toilets and bathtubs then wooden floorboards will probably be the most suitable. As long as the boards are finished with a water resistant clear gloss sealant then it will be a safe and nice looking option.

Stone

Stone flooring is the most expensive of all the materials presented here. However its timeless beauty and incredible durability can make the high cost worth it in the long run. Marble and limestone floors are incredibly beautiful and add an air of sophistication to a bathroom interior. The stone is typically cut into tiles in various different sizes but nevertheless requires a strong sub-floor level. Another problem lies with its slipperiness when wet if the stone has been polished. One can purchase honed and textured stone flooring which will overcome this drawback if it’s a concern.

Carpet

A bathroom carpet floor is often ridiculed as being in poor taste and unhygienic. The British have faced constant European sneers over their love for comfortable flooring when getting out of the bathtub or sitting on the toilet. I tend to agree. However, if you want a carpet for this particular room then you can purchase water-resistant materials as well as those that stop mildew growth and stains.

Cork

Cork flooring is becoming increasingly popular. Its natural insulation qualities in relation to both temperature and sound make it a great option for your bathroom floor. The soft and warm feel will be liked by the soles of your feet. This type of flooring is tough, resilient and water resistant. You can find this material in a number of varying colors.

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