Are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom? Is it time to give your old room a fresh new look? There’s a lot to think about when it comes time to remodel a bathroom, and picking out materials is a very important part of the process. When it comes to choosing bathroom flooring, consider the cost, how the material reacts to moisture, how slippery the flooring is when wet, and, of course, how it works with your other bathroom material choices, as well as the rest of your home. Here are five great flooring options for bathrooms.
Ceramic tile is fairly inexpensive. It’s a great option for bathroom floors because it’s waterproof, stain-resistant, and comes in a large variety of colors, styles, and even shapes! It also is a very durable and strong material so is resistant to chips, scratches, and cracking. However, ceramic tile can be cold to the touch and slippery if not texturized. The smaller the tiles, the less slippery the floor will be when wet since more grout will be used across the surface. Homeowners also have the option of choosing a certified slip-resistant tile. And if you do go with a “cool” material, consider installing a radiant floor heating system underneath flooring.
Linoleum is considered an eco-friendly option. It’s designed with biodegradable and renewable resources. It can come in many different colors and patterns and makes a great flooring option for the bathroom because of its resistance to moisture. One downside of linoleum is that it can succumb to staining. To combat its susceptibility, you can coat it with a protective layer to increase its durability and stain and scratch resistance. If you don’t purchase your sheet linoleum with a protective layer, it would be wise to polish it once every two years.
Vinyl (Sheet or Tile)
Vinyl is a popular choice for bathroom remodels. It’s generally the least inexpensive bathroom flooring option on the market and can come in thousands of different styles. Tiles are a bit easier to install, but they also tend to lift up off the floor over time and, since there are seams in between the tiles, it’s possible for water to seep underneath. Because of this, sheet vinyl may be the better option of the two, but either one is very practical.
Stone tiles can be made of granite, marble, slate, limestone, or travertine and come in a wide variety of colors and textures. This is a beautiful option for bathroom flooring, if you can afford it. Stone is very durable and moisture resistant. Stone tends to be pretty pricey, but as with every type of flooring material, prices can vary. Stone also requires maintenance and upkeep, including cleaning and sealing.
Now, you may not have even considered cork a flooring material at all, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for bathrooms for several reasons. Cork is a highly renewable and environmentally friendly material. It’s also moisture, mold, and mildew resistant! It does require a topcoat, however, of polyurethane that should be reapplied every few years to protect it from moisture.
If you want to remodel your bathroom or even just your bathroom flooring, contact Cyclone Contracting. We will start by giving you a free consultation!