Bathroom flooring should be moisture-proof, stain resistant and have a non-skid surface even when it is wet, it needs to serve many masters as well as looking good and being in your budget. When choosing your bathroom flooring you need to choose your priorities like cost, children, safety and eco-friendliness.
Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colours and patterns at a good cost. It is considered the lowest-cost option for bathroom living as well as being tough as some of the best brands offer 20-year warranties. The thicker the vinyl the higher the quality and cost, thick vinyl can have a texture surface that looks like real stone and wood. However sometimes vinyl tile isn’t the best as there are too many seams for water to seep through.
Ceramic tiles come in an array of shapes and sizes and can be mixed to create custom patterns. Ceramic tile will last forever as it is a clay-based tile that has been fired at a high temperature. This also means that it is resistant too scratches, cracks and chips. The only bad thing is that the tiles will feel cold in the morning, so you might need a radiant heating mat underneath. Having decorative edgings and inlays can cost more money, however you can do this by using the same sized tiles but in different colour combinations, doing it this way also makes it cheaper.
If you live with young children then you need a flooring that has protection from water and stains, sheet vinyl is the best option! Sheet vinyl resists stains and is impervious to moisture, it is also tough to stand heavy use and abuse. You might need to select a textured sheet vinyl as smooth-surfaced vinyl can be slippery when it is wet. Avoid installing vinyl tiles, as the water can seep through the seam and cause long lasting damage. Sheet vinyl is also really easy to install as it can come in 12-foot-wide rolls, make sure you seal the edges with waterproof caulk, so water and spills can’t go into the subfloor.
For a more expensive option you can use a stone floor tile, like granite, marble, limestone, slate or travertine. The best thing about a stone floor tile is that they are beautiful, durable and water and stain resistant. The only bad thing is that it can be slippery when they are wet so you might need a textured stone.
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