Flooring Options for Your Bathroom
By: Danny Lipford
Bathroom flooring options include:
- Tile: Available in ceramic or porcelain in various sizes. Porcelain tile is more waterproof than ceramic.
- Stone: Since stone is porous it needs to be sealed at least once a year.
- Vinyl: Available in sheets or tiles. Least expensive bathroom flooring.
- Laminate: Use only in areas that don’t get wet. Easy to install.
- Hardwood: Don’t use near tubs or showers or in areas that get wet.
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Now there’s another flooring that you see a lot in bathrooms, but it’s a little more expensive, that’s natural stone. It installs very similar to ceramic. But you’re talking about a little more money, a little more care in installation. Also a little maintenance, because it has to be sealed after it’s been installed for a few weeks, and also at least once a year after that.
Now, some other floorings that are available that are a little less expensive include vinyl. Now, it’s available in sheet goods or vinyl tiles, and vinyl tiles are little more do-it-yourself friendly. And the good thing about vinyl as a category, it’s much less expensive than most any other floor that you can put in your bathroom.
Hey, some other ideas. Laminate, you see a lot of people putting down the floating laminate floors. You also see hardwood in bathrooms quite a bit, but you really have to be a lot more careful to keep any wet towel or any moisture away from these floors.
Now, I have seen a few bathrooms with carpet—don’t suggest that. Almost any floor that you install in your bathroom, other than maybe carpet, will require the removal and maybe the replacement of the toilet.