When it’s time to choose the right bathroom flooring types, one of your biggest factors has to be how well it can handle day to day usage. First and foremost, your bathroom flooring needs to be impervious to water. You will also want to make sure it can handle spills, makeup, and heavy usage. And will it become dangerously slippery when wet?
In this post, we discuss some of the most popular bathroom flooring types to help you decide what is right for your needs.
Ceramic tile is available in a huge variety of colors and patterns. There are also different sizes of tile and different shapes, for example, octagons and hectogons. You can also combine them with different colored grouts for more creative combinations.
Ceramic tile flooring is both durable and hygienic. The thing to watch for is that different tiles have different levels of porousness. You definitely want the title in your bathroom to be resistant to moisture.
Some mosaic tiles come in pre-mounted fabric mesh sheets, making installation simpler.
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Laminate is a synthetic flooring material made from wood fiber and resins that are fused together with a lamination process which creates a product that often simulates wood or stone.
The surface of a laminate plank is actually a photographic image, printed onto a thin decorative layer, which is in protected with a clear outer layer. This gives laminate it’s natural realistic appearance. Laminates may appear to be a variety of other materials; wood grain is one of the most popular.
Laminate tile is durable and easy to clean, making it a good choice for bathrooms.
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Natural stone tile is very durable and easy to care for. Its limitation is that it requires a strong and sturdy subflooring. It also tends to be slippery when wet. Natural stone can be cold feeling, so it’s not always a good bathroom choice here in the midwest.
Hardwood flooring brings a sense of warmth to your home, and can also do the same for your bathroom. It creates a cohesive look if you already have hardwood flooring throughout the house. It is a durable material but depending on the wood, can absorb some moisture.
Vinyl flooring is affordable, stain resistant and waterproof. Although it has been popular for decades, it is usually not considered a high-end product. A vinyl floor may have many seems though, which can allow places for germs to grow.
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