Choosing the right flooring for your bathroom can be a little trickier than in other places. Of course, the one major difference between your bathroom and all of the other rooms in your house, is that your bathroom is very much water based, and so it is very important that the type of flooring you choose is compatible with this. You need something that’s not going to be susceptible to water damage, and also that doesn’t become too slippery and therefore a hazard when wet, and you also want to find the right fit aesthetically. A lot of types of flooring you may typically use in your living room for example, probably wouldn’t look too great in your bathroom, and probably aren’t suitably designed to cope with the conditions of your bathroom.
So, we thought we’d share a few tips on what to look for when choosing the right bathroom flooring!
Water gets just about everywhere in our bathrooms, even if in small quantities, and so having a floor that you can easily wipe clean and get rid of any water is a good place to start when looking for the right flooring for your bathroom. Furthermore, tiles are very common in bathrooms, and these can be quite tricky when it comes to cleaning as dirt often gathers up into the grout. This isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to clean, so if you are to choose tiling for your bathroom floor, you must be prepared to clean it thoroughly and also be educated on how to clean it properly. Ideally, you want a fairly waterproof floor that won’t absorb water quickly, so that you can simply dry the floor with a towel.
As with anywhere in the house, you want your bathroom floor to compliment the whole decor and look aesthetically pleasing. Although you may be a little more limited in what to choose as your bathroom flooring in regards to what is practical, you can certainly make it look very slick, modern and visually impressive. Natural stone is a particularly high end, expensive and classy-looking type of flooring, but perhaps only appealing if you are willing to spend a little extra on making your bathroom look great. It is also a high quality material and very durable, however does require a little extra care and attention in keeping it protected from too much water. Marble is very similar to this, but is often quite popular due to its unique, clean and high quality appearance.
Choosing an aesthetically pleasing kind of flooring doesn’t necessarily mean going for something really expensive and ‘out there’, but even common styles of flooring such as ceramic tiles or laminate flooring really give off a good ‘less is more’ kind of vibe and can really compliment the rest of the decor.
This is very important, as slippery flooring is dangerous, particularly if in a bathroom home to a family with children, or perhaps elderly people. Of course, all surfaces become slippery when lots of water gets onto them, however some much more than others. You can actually get non-slip vinyl flooring which helps prevent risk of accidents and falls in your bathroom should the floor become wet. Ceramic or porcelain tile, perhaps the most common type of bathroom flooring, is also really good for being fairly slip-resistant, which is another reason why a lot of people choose this kind of floor for their bathroom.
This is most definitely the most important thing to consider when choosing flooring for your bathroom. As we mentioned, your bathroom is extremely water based, meaning that any flooring you have in there must be suitable for this and not susceptible to water damage. The last thing you want is leaks and damage, as this can have costly results.
Water damage can actually be pretty severe, and do some serious damage to your house. If you had a type of flooring that wasn’t waterproof, your entire bathroom floor could become badly damaged and actually quite easily, too. Furthermore, this could easily have a knock on effect to the rest of your house. For example, if it began to leak through the floorboards, this would affect the rest of your home, and this is not only expensive to repair, but can also be dangerous, too. Of course, water damage doesn’t necessarily have to come from flooding or a spillage, but it can even come from things like splashing and condensation. Therefore, any type of bathroom flooring you consider needs to be able to cope with this, or you must be willing to take extra care and ensure that the floor stays as dry as possible.
Although no flooring is completely waterproof, some are very close to being, or are able to withstand a lot more than others. Examples of these include porcelain and ceramic tiling, vinyl flooring, and laminate flooring. Each of these are very durable and tend to keep your home more protected from water damage.