What Types Of Flooring You Should And Shouldn’t Put On Your Bathroom Floor – Key Things To Know

by Editor on June 4, 2013

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Designing and configuring a bathroom style and structure can make an individual feel overwhelmed, especially if you are unaware of fixtures and floors that should and shouldn’t be installed. Many people don’t fully think things through but rather purchase what they like while later being surprised by an arising problem. Instead of jumping into planning and making any final decisions, understand the following flooring options first.

Tile

Tile is one of the best flooring options to install in your bathroom. With the durability as well as the non-staining feature that tiles have, you won’t be surprised by any bad odors or stains and other damages. They take minimal care, however the grout would have to be sealed every 3 to 5 years. Although, it is easy, almost anyone can even do it!

The one thing you do need to consider with tiling is mold build up. Even if the grouting is done to perfection, this can still be an issue, so you will need to ensure you clean your tiles regularly, and wipe them on a daily basis.

Vinyl

Vinyl is among one of the most popular materials that is installed in bathrooms. Vinyl has extensively improved over the past years. The new designs and styles that have come up on the market have made more and more people purchase it. Vinyl is extremely easy to care for and takes little effort to do so.

Bamboo or Cork

Although bamboo and cork are not popular among bathrooms or in fact homes this would be your opportunity to enhance your bathroom by installing either one. Both products withstand moisture very well. In fact, bamboo is considered one of the hardest types of wood. Cork also stands up to moisture and is very comfortable to stand on.

Before selecting any of these products, take the time to look up the affect hot steam can have on these types of flooring, and how you would be able to maintain and clean them.

Natural Stone

Many people choose to have natural stone installed in their bathroom to enhance the vibe. Natural stone has the ability to give your bathroom the feeling of a spa thus making it much more relaxing. You may have heard that natural stone should not be installed in bathrooms; however, when properly cared for, it is perfectly fine. Sealing the stone with the appropriate sealer along with caring for it will allow it to last much longer.

Laminate/Wood

Wood is too delicate when it comes to bathroom flooring. Due to the steam, humidity and possibility of water falling on it when getting in and out of the shower, it can ultimately result in a damaged wood floor. Wood should never be considered, unless you have a means of protecting it, although an extractor fan and dehumidifier probably won’t be enough.

Carpet

Just like wood, carpet is not reliable nor smart to install in a bathroom. The humidity from your showers as well as the possibilities of falling water from your shower head would trap in moisture, thus leading to mold issues. The moisture will also create a bad odor as well.

Aside from that, aesthetically, having a carpet in your bathroom is just a huge no-no!

About the Author

Robert is a plumber by trade. He entered the construction industry as a tile man. However, now he handles all of his clients plumbing needs and even assists them in their purchase for the best shower head. He loves getting involved in all details for his clients remodeling and other construction projects.

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