Most homeowners immediately think of ceramic tile or vinyl when considering new flooring for a bathroom - both work well in an environment that gets wet but there are other options. Let's look at the tried-and-true flooring options along with a few you may not have considered.
Both durable and hygienic, ceramic tile is a top choice for the bathroom. Be sure to pick a product rated as anti-slip and low porosity to keep the surface safe and resistant to mold. In terms of color and pattern, the choices are seemingly endless, allowing the floor to be as understated or bold an element in your décor as you desire.
This budget-friendly bathroom flooring comes as tiles, sheets, and sheets that look like tiles. Opt for either type of sheets, as the more pieces that make up flooring, the greater the potential for water to penetrate seams and cause mold growth. Vinyl also has a softer feel than ceramic, as you place padding between it and the subfloor.
Another low-cost option, concrete can give your bathroom a modern, industrial look with a simple finish or resemble more expensive flooring through stenciling and stains. You already have a concrete sub-floor, so why not consider using it if it's complementary to your home's overall décor.
Ceramic, vinyl and concrete flooring are all low maintenance, with soap and water used for cleaning.
Homeowners who embrace eco-friendliness are choosing tiles made out of recycled glass as flooring for the bathroom. Like ceramic, the color and pattern choices are vast. Glass tiles tend to be smaller than ceramic and other materials, as the weight needs to be distributed over less of an area. Pick sandblasted tiles to reduce the slip factor.
Glass tile also offers low maintenance, as you clean it just like you would windows.
Bamboo or Cork
While wood floors are an option for bathroom floors if properly sealed and filled, Bamboo and Cork are a more sustainable choice as the materials grow much more quickly. Both naturally repel moisture and resist mold. Bamboo resembles wood more than cork, which has a softer feel.
Both bamboo and cork require only regular sweeping or dust mopping.
Note: While laminate "wood" offers the look of wood, it does not work well in bathrooms because of the moisture. Standing water will damage the material - and who doesn't splash outside the shower or bathtub from time to time.
For most homeowners, the thought of carpet in the bathroom seems not only impractical but also unsafe, as the material retains moisture and creates an excellent environment for mold growth. Enter modern modular carpet from companies such as FLOR. This particular product has an antimicrobial backing that inhibits mold growth. It also comes in solids and patterns and in a variety of colors and shapes.
Simply vacuum as you would any other carpet, and the modular aspect allows you to easily replace any square that gets a stain you can't remove.
After you choose the best flooring for your bathroom, also give serious consideration to installation. While some of these materials can be done as DIY projects others require professional installation , among them wood and anything with tiles. You also might need help prepping the subfloor if switching from one material to another.