Selecting the right floor for your bathroom is about a lot more than what looks nice. It’s important to consider functionality, durability, required maintenance, cost, and safety.
The following flooring types are the most common floors found throughout a home that you may (or may not) want to consider using in your bathroom:
Due to the naturally high moisture level in bathrooms, carpet is often not considered a good option. However, there are some carpet varieties that are water-, mildew-, and stain-resistant. If you really want the soft feel of carpet, make sure to find one that has all three of these qualities.
Laminate is a particularly attractive option because it’s so affordable. It’s easy to clean. And in recent years, has been produced to look substantially more elegant than the earlier renditions.
Another flooring type that’s not often seen in bathrooms, wood delivers a warm look. However, it can be susceptible to rot from the moisture. If you use wood in the bathroom, it’s essential it be water-resistant.
Ceramic tiles can be extremely beautiful, as they allow you to create elegant designs while giving your flooring a lot of texture. (Textured floor helps with safety, as it keeps the floor from becoming ultra-slippery.) One of the important things to keep in mind when choosing ceramic is the porosity. You’ll want to select a tile that has a high porosity rating, meaning it is less absorbent. Absorbent tile can capture moisture and bacteria, causing it to become a health hazard.
Stone floors refer to marble and limestone typically. These can be extremely expensive, but they offer an elegant look. They can also be extremely slippery when wet. To keep stone floors safe in the bathroom, it’s often recommended you use smaller tiles, a ground finished or a textured finish.