Bathroom Flooring Options
3 Things to Consider when Choosing a Floor Material
Bathroom remodeling can be fun and highly rewarding, but there will be many decisions regarding function, style, and practicality.
One of the most important decisions you’ll face is choosing the basis of the space: the flooring. The material you choose will become a major focal point of your bathroom, and will undoubtedly see the most use.
Here are some of the most important things to consider when deciding on a bathroom flooring material
More than any other room in the house, in the bathroom the floor needs to be able to withstand an abundance of moisture. You’ll need to anticipate the potential for more than an occasional drip here or there when considering the type of material you lay — overflowing toilets or children splashing in a full tub will quickly deteriorate flooring such as laminate or wood, which will absorb water, causing it to bubble and swell.
The only way to repair these types of flooring is to remove them completely, so it’s wise to invest in a water proof material such as stone, tile, or vinyl. A waterproof material will save you headaches, and a good quality material can add substantial value to your home.
Separate from water resistance, the durability of your floor will make the difference in whether or not your bathroom will stand the test of time. Cork tiles or linoleum flooring are not made to last indefinitely, and will show wear sooner than other, tougher materials, especially in heavily trafficked areas.
Any type of abrasive items or materials —cleaning agents, high heels, or other sharp objects can wear through the protective finish, or cut straight through, leaving you with a floor that is scratched, dull, or no longer impervious to water. On the other hand, if you go with a tile or concrete, while decidedly tougher to damage, they can chip or crack if objects fall on to the floor, leaving you with an unsafe floor, that will require costly repair.
With any material you choose, you’ll have to factor in its stain resistance as well. Caesarstone quartz is one of the most durable surfaces, being chip proof and stain resistant.
The choices available are vast, and your choice of floor will play a large part in providing the look and feel for your space. The floor is the basis for a décor theme. A period home with a pedestal sink and claw foot tub won’t feel quite right with a lino floor, as it might with stone or ceramic tiles.
For a spa-like retreat, incorporating natural materials will work well. but keeping in mind the importance of durability, you’ll want to avoid wood products. The solution is a vinyl plank that has the texture and appearance of laminate.
Contemporary design has seen an upswing in the popularity of concrete both for aesthetics. And of course, there’s stone in the form of quartz, travertine or natural stone slabs. Quartz combines the best of natural stone with advanced technology, creating a super-hardwearing surface available in a staggering choice of colours.
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