Choosing the Right Flooring for your Bathroom

The bathroom is often an overlooked space, yet it is easily one of the most important rooms in your house.  Depending on the type of bathroom you’re furnishing – a master, guest, kid’s or other – may change the color or type, but the purpose of the flooring remains the same.

The floor needs to stay safe and stylish during daily bathroom use.  Here are a few of the most popular flooring types and situations where they work best.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are one of the most common types of flooring for bathrooms.  They come in a huge variety or colors, sizes, and textures and seem to find their way into any room.  The reasons are obvious: they’re easy, can be matched to almost any existing décor and are water resistant.   

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring adds warmth to any bathroom and has a classic look.  Wood can be stained in a variety of shades and can unify the bathroom with the rest of the house’s décor.  While wood flooring will undoubtedly look amazing in your bathroom, it will be subjected to a lot of moisture.  This extra moisture runs the risk of warping the wood or discoloring the stain, both of which can be costly repairs.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is definitely one of the nicest floorings you can purchase for your bathroom. It may be more expensive, but its look is timeless and versatile.  Natural stone can be kept flat or can be polished to a smoother finish.  If grinded to create texture, it will need to be sealed every few years to prevent stains and damage. 

Vinyl

Vinyl tiles are great for those who want to revamp their bathroom floors themselves.  Vinyl is a durable flooring and also comes in many shades and patterns.  It’s easy to install and is usually cheaper than the other options.  Vinyl may not last as long as other floorings, but with easy and relatively cheap repairs, it’s a great choice for the bathroom.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is great option for those who want wood flooring but do not want to pay the expensive price tag.  Laminate is also a perfect alternative because it holds up better against water and daily wear and tear. While it’s not completely exempt from damage, it will stay looking new for a long time. 

Glass Tile

Glass tile, similar to ceramic, can be very pretty and comes in a variety of colors and textures.  Glass does have a tendency to get very slippery once wet which may discourage people from buying it.  The overall appearance of a finished glass-tile bathroom, however, can’t be beat.  It is truly one of the prettiest flooring for a bathroom.  Just be sure to have rugs and bath mats to prevent slipping!

Carpet

Some designers swear by carpet for bathroom floors.  But with as much water and moisture that is will be exposed to, it’s just not worth the hassle of cleaning and drying the carpet tiles.  Stick with non-carpet surfaces and you will save yourself a big headache later on.

Good luck and have fun choosing your new bathroom flooring!