Bathroom flooring should
be chosen keeping bathroom safety in mind. Vinyl
linoleum flooring can last several decades and easy to
clean and maintain while marble flooring is easy to
maintain but is much more durable and can last for
generations. Good quality tiles may also last for
generations and are easy to clean and maintain.
Bathroom laminate flooring can last almost a decade
but needs a little more maintenance. Hardwood flooring
may last a lifetime but needs to be well maintained,
especially around the base of the commode. It adds
warmth and elegance to your master bath and normally
uses oak and pine wood.
Bathroom carpet adds warmth and
softness to the floor but is very difficult to maintain and water
can cause odor and mildew in the carpet, so it is better to use
throw rugs instead of carpets for comfort and style.
Bathroom flooring ideas eliminated warm and soft carpet as wet
carpet flooring becomes damp and dirty and does not look so cozy
but if your heart is set on the bathroom carpet flooring, make
sure to have a vinyl border around the bath, toilet and basin to
take care of accidental splashes and a few bathmats on it to soak
in water and moisture and soapy condensations from your feet.
Laminate bathroom flooring may or may not be used for wet floor
areas though high quality laminate bathroom flooring system with
high gloss finish and smooth surface adapts well to wet floorings.
They are quick and easy to install too. Stone finishes in bathroom
laminate flooring such as granite and marble designs look
beautiful and can last for years.
The most popular options
available to your while choosing bathroom flooring are bathroom
carpets, bathroom carpet tiles, ceramic floor tiles, laminate
flooring, bamboo flooring and vinyl flooring. Uncovered
floorboards in a period style bathroom are quite cheap and look
authentic. They add warmth to your bathroom. They need to be
sanded well before sealing coated with varnish. However,
floorboards can be slippery once they get wet and let the draught
of air in the bath space. The space between the floorboards can
let the water seep in to the ceiling below. Thus, it requires much
maintenance. Bathroom carpet is warm and inviting and has a
non-slippery surface. The most commonly used carpet in the
bathroom is the one with foam backing.
They can be inexpensive and come in thousands of colors but
bathroom carpets can be much difficult to clean and must be of
correct type. Carpet tiles have evolved from tough and coarse
tiles to the texture that mirrors standard bathroom carpet. They
are easier to replace, as instead of tearing down the whole
carpet, one has to just replace individual tiles. It reduces the
wastage and makes it easier to fit them in the bath space.
However, they offer limited choices and can still get dirty
easily. Ceramic bathroom floor tiles are available in reasonable
prices and offer wide range of styles, materials, sizes and
colors. They need to be installed carefully on wooden floorboards
using special adhesives or they may come loose and grout may
crack. The non-slip finishes in these tiles are best for bathroom
floors and should have bath mats for additional bathroom safety.
Wet rooms that look like giant shower cubicle ideally have solid
floors and can use ceramic tiles for flooring or vinyl flooring to
ensure totally waterproof finish. Ceramic tiles are relatively
cheap and proper laying o the tiles can make them waterproof too.
They are quite durable, come in vast range of options and are easy
to clean. Bathroom laminate flooring should be installed using the
'floating floor' principle but since bathroom fixtures such as
toilets, bidets, pedestals and freestanding baths need to be
anchored to the floor, it can be a problem. A flat and level sub
floor can guarantee quick installation of the laminate flooring,
especially with latest 'click' systems. They are easy to lay and
clean but water spills can damage the boards and laminate flooring
may get slippery when it is wet. One of the few options for
hardwood floors that can be used in bathrooms is bamboo flooring
that does not require much maintenance and is quite resistant to
damage and scuffing.