In my bathroom I have white ceramic floors that look very nice and offer a clean crisp look to the bathroom. Why am I telling you this? Because this is the only up side; unfortunately many of us choose bathroom flooring or already have bathroom flooring we just don’t care for. For instance my white floors look modern, but every single piece of hair, dust or any other thing darker then white will show up on the floor. The truth is they never really look clean. Now granted I inherited these floors as I was not the one who put them in the bathroom, my purpose in writing today is to give you options so you can make an informed decision as what will and won’t work for you.
When choosing a bathroom floor you need to look what a bathroom floor requires, which is moisture protection and durability. Resilient tile; better known as Vinyl tile are flexible and moisture resistant, easy to install and simple to maintain. They are also available in a plethora of colors and styles. These tiles are comfortable to walk on and because of the Polyurethane finish the need for waxing in most cases is eliminated. Don’t go running to the tile store just yet! There are some down sides; because these tiles are relatively soft they can be vulnerable to dings and tears so make sure you have extra on hand for a quick repair.
Another consideration could be Ceramic tile which is made from hard-fired slabs of clay. Ceramic tile much like Resilient tile is durable, comes in a large amount of styles and colors. It has an easy upkeep and typically comes unglazed which tends to give an earthy feel. You can also get ceramic tiles in the glossy finish. If you choose a ceramic floor, it will last, but some disadvantages are that tiles can be cold and noisy. If glazed, they can become quite slippery. Because this tile is made from clay it can be porous and collect bacteria if not properly sealed.
Another common option that may also give your bathroom that wow factor is natural stone such as granite, slate, marble or limestone. Stone flooring has been used for centuries and with the added advancements in sealers, stone flooring can provide years of high quality appeal in a high traffic area. While the appeal and look of stone are quite attractive the drawbacks are equally unattractive. Since natural stone is typically heavier than the previous options, a strong well supported sub floor needs to be in place. Some stone is very cold underfoot and natural stone that isn’t properly sealed can soak up liquids and stain. When buying a natural stone try to make sure it’s sealed every few years; more if the floor is walked on often.
The last flooring choice I want to cover is hardwood floors. In the past hardwood in a bathroom was not typical but that has changed! Hardwood floors are warm and inviting to both your bare feet and your emotions. Of course like all the other flooring types the options are large in variety. Many of us know how beautiful hardwood looks in your home, so it’s a no brainer how it will look in a bathroom, but buyers beware this floor has distinct disadvantages. Hardwood floors need to be waxed and or mopped to keep its shine. Make sure you check the manufacturer suggestions for the type of floor you choose because some can be waxed while others can’t. Because of the softness of some hardwoods they can easily scratch. Most flooring will require more maintenance then the other flooring listed above.
With all these choices it’s easy to be overwhelmed. My desire today was to give you a starting point to help aid you in your flooring decision. Of course always contact a local flooring sales representative to aid you in decisions for your bathroom flooring. Thanks for reading!
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