Ten Materials That Are Perfect for Bathroom Flooring
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While your flooring choices are a little more straightforward in a living room or a bedroom (hardwood and carpet often reign supreme), you have quite a number of options to choose from when it comes to installing a new bathroom floor. Tiles are the most common, given their resistance to water and beauty, but you could even install a concrete or a cork floor! Here, we break down 10 different types of bathroom flooring.
A more affordable option than natural stone tiles, ceramic tiles (particularly porcelain ones) are quite water-resistant. They’re incredibly versatile, too, given that they can come in essentially any shape or color. As with stone tiles, ceramic ones can get a bit cold and slippery.
Given their natural resistance to water, natural stone tiles like marble or granite are an excellent flooring choice for a saturation-prone space like a bathroom. But the material is quite expensive, and it does get cold and slippery! Radiant heating and well-placed floor mats can solve those problems, though.
Vinyl flooring works extremely well in bathrooms, as it’s waterproof, durable, and incredibly versatile—it can mimic hardwood and ceramic. It’s also a much more budget-friendly option than tile work, and it doesn’t get as cold or slippery. Vinyl comes in both sheets (which can be a little tricky to install in a small space like a bathroom) and tiles.
Glass Mosaic Tile
Though you might be more familiar with glass mosaic tiles in your shower or as a backsplash in your kitchen, you can actually use them as flooring in your bathroom. Just keep in mind that they can get scratched and become dull if dirt or debris scuffs them, so keep your floors clean!
On the durability scale, especially when it comes to water resistance, concrete flooring ranks highly! In fact, water can’t damage concrete, making it an ideal choice for a bathroom floor, especially if your aesthetic skews more contemporary or industrial. As with tiles, concrete floors work well with radiant heating to keep your toes toasty.
Hardwood floor isn’t the best choice for bathrooms, as wood is very susceptible to water damage, expanding and contracting and therefore swelling and buckling in humid environments. But if you’re set on having a wood floor in your bathroom, opt for an engineered hardwood, which places a thin layer of real wood over plywood for extra durability.
You might not think that cork would work in a damp environment such as a bathroom, given its porous surface, and you’d be partially right. If you do decide to go with the Eco-friendly material, you’ll need to finish it with a water-resistant coating to ensure a long lifespan. But the pros to a cork floor are comfort (it has a slight springiness) and sustainability (it’s a renewable resource).
Made primarily of linseed oil, tree resin, and wood flour, among other natural ingredients, linoleum is a worthy option for bathroom floors. The material has naturally occurring antimicrobial elements that help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which are unfortunately all too common in bathrooms.
Laminate flooring, which is made from layers of resin and fiberboard, is a smart alternative to true hardwood in a bathroom, as its top coating is highly water-resistant. The material comes in a variety of patterns and can mimic hardwood and tile.
Like hardwoods, bamboo (which is actually a grass and not a tree!) isn’t the most durable material in wet, humid environments, but it can be altered to be more water-resistant. For engineered bamboo floors, a sliver of bamboo is inserted between layers of water-resistant resin, all of which is then affixed to a piece of plywood for stability.
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