What matters most to you when selecting a floor for your bathroom remodel? Is it style, durability, how it will stand up to stains and spills, how it feels under your bare-feet, or how is handles moisture? Lets count the top floor options for bathrooms and look at the pros and cons of each.
7. Carpeting – While carpets look nice and is soft under bare-feet. Carpet does not hold up to moisture. However, if you still must have carpeting in your bathroom ask a professional installer about to fit the carpet which carpets pads are the best.
6. Solid Hardwood – A slightly better than carpet, solid hardwood looks great and feels warm under foot. But moisture kills natural solid hardwood. Installing a solid hardwood floor is difficult because there can be no gaps in the bathroom flooring.
5. Laminate Flooring – This flooring has the appearance of wood, but it is actually a better choice the solid hardwood floor. Laminate flooring is easy to clean, too. But laminate still has that wood chip base, and should it happen to contact with moisture it will expand and bubble and the only way to fix it is to tear it out.
4.Engineered Wood – Engineered wood is a great alternative, it’s got a plywood base that holds up well against moisture. And it looks terrific because the top layer is real wood. If you want the wood flooring look in a bathroom, engineered wood is the best choice.
3. Stone – Moisture is not a problem with marble, granite, limestone, and the other stone flooring options. Stone flooring is only number three on our list for a couple reasons. Stone is cold on bare-feet and it tends to get slippery and dangerous when wet. Plus stone floor is by far the most expensive flooring option on our list.
2. Vinyl – Vinyl is the most popular choice for bathroom flooring.Sheets or tile vinyl flooring is easy to install yourself. Vinyl is also very cost efficient. However, vinyl sheets or tile can become unglued easily, you might see the corners of tiles popping up after a while.
1.Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile, like stone, can achieve a rich, textured, solid feeling. Like vinyl, it’s waterproof and it’s fairly inexpensive. And like wood flooring, it looks pretty good. Mosaic tiles come in pre-mounted plastic mesh sheets, so you don’t have to individually set each tile. With tinted grout, you can be even more creative. It cleans up well and bravely resists even standing pools of water. However, the only downsides of ceramic tile is that it’s cold (though heat tile is available through some disturbers) . Also, it can be slippery, but texturing solves that problem. Smaller tiles are less slippery, because more grout is used and the grout acts as a non-skid surface.
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