Bathroom Flooring Options

by Rachel Laurendeau on June 25, 2012

When remodeling a bathroom, choosing the right flooring plays an integral part in helping you achieve the overall look that you are going for. In a small space, the floor covers a lot of surface area so you want it to not only be practical and durable, but you also want it to be aesthetically pleasing.

• For good reason, the old standby for bathrooms is tile. Ceramic, marble and stone tiles are water-resistant and withstand the rigors of bathroom life.

• If you are looking for something unique and creative, ask your bathroom remodeler about custom tile work or the possibility of a creating a mosaic out of smaller tiles.

• A more recent addition to the tile family is recycled glass tile. While glass tiles are usually used on walls, backsplashes and countertops they can also be used on bathroom floors. They aren’t as prone to breakage as you’d think but they can be slippery and scratch fairly easily. If you decide to go with glass tile, consider tiles with a sandblasted surface and talk to your home improvement expert about which brand would be most durable as flooring.

• Installing in-floor heating coils under your bathroom floor will help warm up an otherwise cool space. You can put in a timer so that the floor is toasty warm for your toes when you step in first thing in the morning.

• For a naturally warm and earthy feeling in the bathroom, you existing hardwood floors can be refinished or you can have new ones installed. An even more eco-friendly option would be to use salvaged or reclaimed wood. Wood in the bathroom must be well sealed to help it withstand the moisture and temperature fluctuations.

Bamboo and cork are natural and sustainable alternatives to using hardwood in the bathroom. They each have their own unique properties but are both durable and are resistant to mold and mildew but we do recommend sealing them to protect them from water splashes. Cork is softer and warmer underfoot (and is my personal favorite).

• If you like the natural look of hardwood floors but aren’t comfortable putting wood in the bathroom, the perfect option is installing very real looking faux hardwood porcelain tiles. According to the bathroom remodeling experts at Indy Renovation, “lining your bathroom with a porcelain tile mimicking hardwood is the way to go. It is creative, embraces nature, and is naturally resistant to mold and moisture.”

Taking on a bathroom renovation can be a daunting task but don’t let that stop you from creating the bathroom of your dreams with just the right flooring.

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