Best Types of Flooring for Bathrooms

Category: Bathrooms
August 22, 2017

Your bathroom floor sets the feel of the room.

It can tie everything together or make a careful design fall apart. So, when remodeling your bathroom, it’s important to consider which kind of flooring you want to use.

There are obvious choices that should never be used in a bathroom, like carpet, but the number of workable options available to you can be overwhelming. Which is why it helps to break down the different flooring options available in order to find what will work best for the bathroom design you’re looking to create.

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Laminate flooring vs real wood

Laminate floorings are a great choice for someone who wants the elegance of wood flooring brought into the bathroom.

Real wood floors are a poor choice, as the water and moisture in the bathroom can damage the wood. If left unattended, mold can grow and cause the subflooring to rot. Laminate provides a way around this. It’s cost effective and can be found in a number of styles and shapes. However, there are some things to consider if you think laminate might be a good fit for your bathroom.

While laminate is a safer alternative to hardwood, installation requires care. It’s important to make sure all the seams are sealed, so water can’t seep beneath the floor. If sealed and properly maintained, laminate flooring is a great, easy to maintain flooring that can provide a real wood look.

Linoleum or vinyl

Linoleum/sheet linoleum and vinyl/sheet vinyl are two similar kinds of flooring that work well in bathrooms. They have a similar look and are easy to install, which is perfect for someone who likes DIY projects.

They also offer a lot of variety in color and pattern, which is appealing to a wide variety of people and styles. With the options these provide, you can give your bathroom a pop of color or something more subdued and stately. The possibilities are endless.

Like laminate, the seams between tiles can cause problems if not sealed properly, and linoleum doesn’t always hold up to extended periods of humidity. It needs to be resealed frequently to prevent peeling. A way to avoid some of these problems is by using sheet linoleum or vinyl. These come in one large sheet of your chosen style, which prevents problems caused by the seams between tiles.

One of the biggest benefits to linoleum is that it is very eco-friendly, which makes it a great option for people who want to live as environmentally conscious as possible. While Vinyl doesn’t offer the same benefit, it is a heavier flooring, which makes it sturdier and more resistant to damage.

Ceramic tile

Ceramic tile is another popular option for bathroom flooring.

It’s a great choice for people looking for a cohesive bathroom design, as the tiles can be used on the walls as well as floors. It’s also appealing to anyone looking for a floor that requires very little maintenance.

Ceramic is extremely water resistant, and as it’s sealed with grout, it prevents most problems caused by there being space between tiles. Ceramic isn’t for everyone. It’s hardiness and water resistance make it much more difficult and time-consuming to install.

These are just a few of the options available for your bathroom. To talk about your options and what you want for your floor, contact your local Maryland bathroom remodeler, Clockwork Builders. We can find the perfect fit, no matter what you’re looking for, and we have the skill to get your job done properly.

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