Whether you’re looking to change your existing bathroom flooring, or are just starting to design your new bathroom, we are here to help. Choosing the right flooring for your bathroom is not always an easy task, especially when there are so many types out there, each with its pros and cons. Without further ado, let’s get into the most popular kinds and the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
Vinyl is one of the most popular choices for bathroom flooring in the US, as it has significantly more advantages than disadvantages to it. For one, vinyl is cheap and easy to install – it doesn’t even require professional help in most cases. It’s also pretty durable, lasting up to 20 years in perfect condition if cared for properly. It’s water resistant and easy to clean with common household products. On the other hand, it cannot be fixed if damaged ( you’d have to replace the whole thing), and it tends to yellow as it ages.
If you’re looking for a classic solid wood flooring look in your bathroom, chances are you’ll have to settle for bathroom laminate. It replicates the look of solid wood, but it’s specifically designed for use in highly humid environments. Its main advantage is the fact that it is water resistant while looking like solid wood, and it’s also pretty easy to clean and maintain. However, it can be pretty costly to buy and install.
Ceramic is probably the most popular choice when it comes to bathroom flooring. Its main advantage is that it comes in a variety of colors, designs, and finishes, which makes it suitable for just about any bathroom design. While it’s not as cheap as, say, vinyl, it’s still nowhere near the likes of marble flooring in terms of price. Ceramic flooring is also long-lasting, and you can easily replace just one tile should it be cracked or chipped. The only disadvantage when it comes to ceramic flooring is that it can technically absorb water (if not coated with an anti-moisture glaze.)
Porcelain tiles have an extremely sleek look to them, especially if we’re talking glazed porcelain. However, the same glazed porcelain can be very slippery and cold to make on barefoot – which has converted many people to ceramic in the last couple of decades. Unglazed porcelain is also an option, but is more prone to water absorption than glazed tiles. However, we can’t deny that porcelain looks extremely stylish.
Marble has become one of the most popular types of flooring for the whole house in the last couple of years. The look and feel of marble give your house an extra sophisticated look, and it conveys a sense of luxury and cleanliness. However, marble is also the most expensive flooring material, and it scratches easily. Moreover, marble tiles are prone to water penetration. On the other hand, if marble flooring is damaged, you can easily replace just one tile – there’s no need to get a whole new set.
There are, of course, many more options when it comes to bathroom flooring, including bamboo, cork, or even carpet. However, these five are probably the most common choices, and they have significantly more advantages than disadvantages when it comes to bathroom use.