Bathroom Flooring Options And Ideas

bathroom flooring ideas

Bathroom flooring materials must by necessity be waterproof and resistant, yet they must still be decorative, in as much as materials used like tiles, wood, or vinyl have to support a fair amount of weight, they must also be strong and long-lasting. When using wood or cork flooring, you should choose woods or corks that have been treated to protect them against moisture.

Carpet is a bad idea for bathrooms because water can seep under and cause rot or mildew. There is on the market a carpet specifically designed for use in bathrooms however, you should still consider protecting the floor near the sink and tub. This, of course, does not keep you from using a bathroom rug. In this article, we will explore a few bathroom flooring options and ideas.

Bathroom Flooring Tiles

bathroom flooring tiles

Bathroom floor tiles are available in a very rich selection of motifs and colors. Ceramic tiles are very easy to clean and extremely durable. An entirely white floor will tend to get dirty faster than one with some motifs, or at least with speckles in the tiles. If your bathroom is on the small side, you might consider light-colored tiles, as they will create an illusion of spaciousness and brighten the place.

Using a checkerboard pattern for your floor is not a good idea if the room is small, as it makes it look even smaller. Fortunately, bathroom tile flooring is available in many colors and patterns.

The bathroom floor tiles are very cold to the touch. You should consider using a nonslip bathroom area rug that will keep you from slipping when the tiles are wet and from feeling the cold floor. A floor tile must always be laid upon a concrete floor.

A few points to remember

  • If bathroom floor tiles can be installed on walls, the inverse is not necessarily the case, and you should not lay wall tiles on the floor.
  • By itself, a tiled bathroom floor is not resistant to water. It needs some under-the-tiles protection system and a caulking joint where it meets the walls.
  • Unless you know what you are doing, it is best to have a professional install your bathroom floor if you plan on using tiles.

Bathroom marble floors and other hard materials

Marble flooring always dresses a room in luxury. Regardless of what your bathroom looks like, marble will enhance it. Marble flooring is hardwearing, and a marble floor is a long-term investment you will never have to replace. Slate tiles are equally long-lasting, but many people might lament the cold look of slate unless their bathroom colors compensate for it.

These two stones, marble and slate, are expensive, and people on a more limited budget might be able to use some marble tiles in conjunction with wood slats. Wood floors in a bathroom give off warmth and elegance. Wood gets more beautiful with age and patina, a combination of marble and wood would not only spare your budget a bit but also give you a warmer ambiance with long-term benefits.

One drawback of wood is that it can be scratched, but it can be remedied using a good waterproof wood varnish. A good varnish top coat is also necessary to protect wood flooring from wet splashes. Every few years, wood floors have to be sanded and refinished if needed.

Bathroom cork flooring

bathroom cork flooring

Bathroom cork flooring is a warm and natural material that is very easy to install and maintain, unlike wood. Problems caused by humidity and wet conditions are the same as those established for wood. Today’s technology has permitted us to create cork flooring options capable of withstanding bathroom conditions, making cork floors or tiles an increasingly popular choice.

To protect cork tiles from water damage, it is necessary to apply a PVC coat to the surface of the cork floor after installation in order to seal the joints and protect the surface. Cork flooring for bathrooms is constantly being improved, which is evident in how this beautiful material is becoming more and more popular, even trendy.

Bathroom vinyl flooring

Vinyl bathroom flooring is a waterproof material that will resist the assaults of water and humidity without any problems. It is also an extremely easy care material, and any spots can be removed immediately. The thicker the vinyl floor is, the better the quality and the longer it will last.

Vinyl floors can imitate any other materials you want to use vinyl flooring for your bathroom, but it might look like you have bathroom wood flooring, marble flooring, or granite. But you are not limited to the imitation of other materials, any motif is available in vinyl floor tiles, the possibilities are endless, and it is an easy bathroom flooring solution.

Linoleum is a cousin of vinyl. It also comes in rolls or tiles, and it is a more ecological flooring material as it is made from natural fibers. It is as durable as vinyl flooring and will resist wetness and dampness.

Bathroom wood flooring

bathroom wood flooring

With today’s polyurethane finishes, it is just as easy to use wood floors in the bathroom as in other places, and looks beautiful. However, a wood floor in a wet area will still need to be attended to each time there is a significant amount of water on it, or spots will develop. This can be prevented easily by placing a mat near the sink and the tub or shower. You must also realize that while it is a beautiful solution, wood is not a cheap bathroom floor option.

As mentioned earlier, using ceramic tiles in conjunction with wood is a nice way to have the best of both materials and minimize the effect of water. It is recommended to consider it before deciding on wood bathroom flooring as it will require more maintenance and many other options that can be made to look like wood.

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