If selecting the right flooring option for your bathroom seems a little overwhelming, and you’re not quite sure where to begin, then our handy guide will get you pointed in the right direction. Remodeling a room in your home should be an adventure, not a burden, and we’re happy to share our bathroom flooring insights and ideas!
Let’s start with the basics: your bathroom is unlike any other room in your house. While you’ll still need to consider your style, budget, and lifestyle, there’s one more very important factor to consider when remodeling a full bath: water, water, everywhere.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a range of options, starting with the king of bathroom flooring options and making our way down to the court jester:
Porcelain is where it’s at. Today, a majority of homeowners seek out the sleek and classically modern look and easy maintenance of porcelain tile for their bathrooms. One of the biggest challenges to porcelain, is selecting your favorite tile. We recommend finding one show-stopping tile you absolutely must have in your bathroom (whether it’s your primary tile or an accent tile) and then selecting your other tile to complement your show-stopper. Don’t overdo it! Stick to two to three tile designs for the entire bathroom.
Although part of the same tile family as ceramic, porcelain tiles are made of fine porcelain clay and are fired at hotter temperatures than their ceramic counterparts. The fine clay and firing temperatures combine to create a hard, dense tile that’s much less prone to water absorption. The Tile Council of North America defines porcelain tile as those that absorb less than 0.5% of water.
While this makes porcelain the tile of choice for many homeowners, there are still plenty more bathroom flooring options!
While your heart may be set on porcelain, your budget may benefit from a nice ceramic tile. Certainly, there are some very affordable porcelain tile options, but you’ll likely notice that in general, porcelain is pricier than ceramic. Fortunately, there’s a vast selection of ceramic tile to meet both your aesthetic and your bottom line needs. To stretch your budget, consider using a daring porcelain tile as your accent, while opting for a less expensive ceramic tile for the rest of your bathroom.
Be sure to keep an eye on the porosity classifications, though, which range from impervious (the least absorbent) to non vitreous (the most absorbent). If you’re working with a professional flooring installer, be sure you ask about the absorbency of your selected ceramic tile and whether or not it needs to be sealed.
Natural Stone Tile
There’s no doubt about it, natural stone tile is gorgeous. Not only are slate, granite, limestone, and marble absolutely stunning, but they’re also resistant to moisture issues. However, they come with a few significant drawbacks: they’re pricy, can be higher maintenance, may need to be sealed, and they can be very, very cold. To keep feet warm year-round, we recommend installing a radiant floor heating system in conjunction with natural stone tiling.
If you’re remodeling on a budget, anticipate a lot of heavy foot traffic, or plan on renting the property, sheet vinyl may be the right choice for your bathroom. Sheet vinyl is impervious to water, stain proof, and easy to clean. A foam backing can make the floor feel softer than tile or wood and may reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.
While easy-to-clean laminate is better than hardwood for a bathroom, and some manufacturers offer impressive warranties, water and moisture may still find its way into the seams, causing the wood chip base to expand, bubble, and moulder.
Hardwood and Carpeting
Proceed with caution! We have officially entered the “court jester” phase of our “Choosing the Best Bathroom Flooring” article. If you’re really, really in love with the notion of a hardwood bathroom (it’s timeless appeal and warm textures are undeniable), then do yourself a favor and have it professionally installed to ensure there are no gaps for water to find.
To be perfectly blunt, carpeting is a bad choice for your bathroom flooring material. It’s the perfect breeding ground for mold and malodor.
For a free consultation and to discover the best bathroom flooring solution for your home, contact the experts at Nash Flooring today.