Choosing Bathroom Flooring

Bathroom Flooring

A number of factors converge when trying to choose the type of flooring for a bathroom. Personal taste is always the leading influence, but your flooring’s practicality, durability, and cost also needs to be considered, as does your lifestyle.

Over time, the ideal bathroom flooring can change as your needs and lifestyle change, such as when children grow up and move out, or when income allows for higher-quality flooring. Your ability to recognize your current and future needs will be key to picking out the right bathroom flooring.

Visual appeal also needs to be considered, since the appearance of flooring will affect the aesthetic of the bathroom. This requires homeowners to have an idea for the overall concept they’re targeting for in their bathroom floors. Below, we will review the pros and cons of each of the common flooring options for bathrooms.

Laminate

Laminate floors are pretty common because they’re inexpensive, easy to clean, and durable. This type of flooring is made up of three materials — wood fiber, resin, and Kraft paper — that are bonded together and compacted into resilient planks. Laminate can be fashioned to look like other flooring materials, such as hardwood, although it’s often easy to tell the difference between true hardwood and a hardwood laminate. Laminate also allows you to create various designs and colors. However, when it comes to appearance and texture, laminate cannot hold up against natural surfaces like wood, stone and tile.

Tile

Whether you choose ceramic or stone tile bathroom floors, this material is one of the most popular options among homeowners looking to install their own finishes. In addition to being relatively inexpensive, tile is waterproof, stain-resistant, durable, and low-maintenance. Because tile flooring is easily cut, it can be installed into many floor plans or presentations. The only drawback to installing tile bathroom floors is that they can become more slippery than other flooring surfaces.

Wood

Unlike tile bathroom floors, wood flooring fills a bathroom with a sense of warmth and a more comfortable surface underfoot. It is also a great way to tie in other rooms if hardwood flooring is  used throughout the home. Wood floors are easy to clean and relatively low-maintenance if you apply a water-resistant treatment on top. Plus, if you ever want to change the color scheme in the bathroom, you can re-stain or paint the floors without swapping them out. However, hardwood floors tend to warp more easily in wet surfaces compared to other flooring options, which is why hardwood floors are more rarely seen in bathrooms.

Vinyl

Inexpensive and easy to lie, vinyl bathroom flooring allows for inventive patterns and colors that can’t be achieved through other flooring methods. The biggest drawback to vinyl is that it’s tougher to clean than other surfaces.

Carpet

Yes, carpet is viable bathroom flooring . Most homeowners don’t want the hassle of laying down carpet in a room that can get waterlogged, but some carpets are designed to withstand the rigors of the bathroom. If you love the look and feel of carpet, select mildew and stain-resistant fabric that’s ideally treated with a water-repelling exterior. Bathroom carpeting also needs to have a waterproof backing to keep water from soaking into the pad and flooring beneath.

If you’re still wondering what type of flooring best fits your bathroom, or if you’d like professional guidance in the process, Contract Carpet One’s professional staff can help narrow your options to the best, most gratifying choice. Their expert knowledge will ensure your decision will reward you for years to come.

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