Your bathroom, believe it or not, is one of the most essential rooms in your house. A basic requirement for everyday convenience and an important element of any house, whether you’re in it for the long term or considering resale. As a result, it’s no shock that when it comes to renovating, bathrooms are usually towards the top of the priority list.
Choosing your bathroom floor comes with special consideration. There are many things you ought to consider, and the most obvious thing is water. Water damage can cause havoc on your home and without a doubt, your bathroom sees the most of it.
Whether it’s a splash from the bath, a leak, or a drip or just kids being kids your bathroom will fall victim to excessive water damage, that’s only if you don’t have the correct flooring.
So, if you want to understand your options slightly better and have better awareness surrounding your bathroom flooring choice, hopefully, we can help.
Let’s start with the most popular choice for a bathroom floor.
Tile is the most desired bathroom material. Ceramic and porcelain tiles especially are excellent choices for bathrooms. Tile flooring is durable, waterproof, and comes in a wide range of colours and designs.
It is also less costly than alternative hard surfaces. Porcelain tiles, in particular, absorb the least amount of water of any ceramic product. Ceramic and porcelain can withstand pools and puddles of standing water, making them a fantastic choice for shower tile.
With all pros come some cons so let’s run through some.
People often consider the ‘hard’ and ‘cold’ feel of tiles to be perceived as uninviting. This being said, porcelain and ceramic tiles both work excellently with radiant flooring systems. Tiles (depending on their material) can sometimes be slippery when wet, this of course all depends on the liquid sitting on top of the tiles and the texture of them. Choosing a tile with a slight texture on its surface for locations such as the shower is a smart choice as it eliminates any risk of slips.
Natural stone is another great flooring choice for your bathroom. There are several natural stone varieties available, ranging from granite to marble and even limestone. Natural stone tile has many advantages just like ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Stone is available in tiles, planks, and mosaics, and it is resistant to wear, is watertight and comes in a range of naturally occurring colours and designs.
However, there are a few things to consider when contemplating stone as a flooring option. Stone might be tough for the do-it-yourselfer to install. If you undertake this project on your own, keep this in mind. Stone, like tile, may be slippery, however, grout patterns and treatments placed subsequently to “rough” the surface can help to reduce this.
It may also need more frequent maintenance than other alternatives since certain stone materials demand periodic applications of sealer to protect the stone finish and prevent dirt and debris penetration or moisture absorption.
Vinyl, on the other hand, is one of the less expensive bathroom flooring alternatives. The “vinyl” category includes a wide range of product combinations. These are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after flooring choices on the market today. WPC and SPC Vinyl is an excellent waterproofing material for bathrooms and other high-traffic areas. Vinyl can be made to resemble wood planks, stone, or even ceramic tile.
The foundation of these products, are constructed from wood or stone polymer compounds, and covered by a wear layer, making them fantastic waterproof solutions for bathrooms.
Waterproof vinyl is also much more affordable than both stone and tiles. This makes it a great option if you are on a budget or prefer spending your money elsewhere.