When it is time to replace your bathroom flooring, it can seem like the choices are infinite. However, when you look at what your flooring needs to achieve, it narrows the focus quite a bit. The biggest consideration when choosing a the flooring is that the floor will get wet. No matter how many mats you put down, someone will forget to close the shower curtain, or your kid will track water across the floor.
Bathroom flooring needs to have the following qualities:
Waterproof: Water proofing is important. Without it there can be damage the sub-floor, which will cause damage to your home. This means expensive and time-consuming repairs, so it is best to choose something reliable the first time around.
Tightly Sealed: Even if the flooring itself is waterproof, it is important to make sure that the spaces between the flooring and the sub-floor are sealed, otherwise you risk damage to your home.
Durable: The bathroom is one of the most heavily used areas of the home and the floor needs to be able to stand up to wear and tear.
Attractive and Stain Resistant: If you are going to go through the trouble of replacing your flooring, you want to choose something you actually like. No one wants an ugly bathroom.
Safe: Bathroom floors can be slippery. It's important to take precautions against slips and falls.
Now that you know what needs to be met, you need to know what options you have. The two most common options for bathroom floors include ceramic tile and vinyl flooring.
Ceramic is often the flooring of choice, as it is water-proof, resistant to damage, slip-resistant, and it will last for a very long time. There are many attractive options for ceramic tile and increases the resale value of your home. However, it also can be expensive and difficult to install. It also absorbs cold temperatures which can make it unpleasant to walk on in the morning. Fortunately, installing radiant heating under the floor would make this problem go away.
An alternative is to choose vinyl, which is less expensive, warmer, and much easier to install. There are many vinyl options that are equally as attractive as ceramic. However, it is not as durable as ceramic. Vinyl comes in two different options: vinyl sheet and vinyl tile. Vinyl sheet is a large piece of vinyl that is simple to install and since it is all one piece, you only have to worry about waterproofing the edges. Vinyl tile is more like ceramic tile and provides the extra traction, but it can be difficult to ensure that the pieces are sealed to make the gaps truly waterproof.
While finding your bathroom flooring can be a daunting task, it doesn't have to be. The above tips will help you to choose a flooring that will be safe for your family and your home, as well as increase the value of your home.