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Bathroom Flooring Guide

While there are many stylish options for bathroom flooring, the rules remain the same. Bathroom flooring must be water-resistant, durable, easy clean and have a non-slip surface. Here you'll find great ideas on how to choose the right bathroom flooring.

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Bathroom Flooring Guide

All you need to know about your bathroom floor

When you’re choosing a floor for your bathroom, you need to find the right balance between aesthetics and practicality. One of the biggest considerations when it comes to bathroom flooring, of course, is whether or not the material you choose is water resistant, but there's a few more things you should bear in mind:

What to look for in bathroom flooring

  • Water resistance – Bathrooms are naturally moist environments, even if you think you can a lot specific areas to drips and leaks there's condensation to think about too. Choosing a porous material for a bathroom floor can lead to disaster.

  • Durability – With such an important surface you need something strong enough to withstand daily wash outs and footfall.

  • Safety – So many accidents can happen in the bathroom, choosing the right floor can make a big difference in your home.

  • Appearance – If all goes well, you’ll be walking across your bathroom floor for years to come. Make sure it suits the room and your taste!

Types of bathroom floors

Tiles

Most people think of tiles when they think of bathroom floors. That's because they tick all the boxes above from the off: resistant to water, durable, safe and they look worth the money you pay for them. Although price can sometimes be a downside with tiling, so it's not necessarily the perfect option. Still, the versatility for laying tiles round annoyingly shaped baths and toilets is pretty handy too, and when tiles are used on the walls too the design can be seamless.

Ceramic tiles are made primarily of clay, fired in a kiln, sometimes decorated and then glazed. Glazing makes the tiles glossy and also easier to clean but it can also makes them slippery. But stone tiles can be a very stylish alternative if you're willing to pay a bit extra. Porcelain tiles are generally polished, as opposed to being glazed, due to their hard surface. Sealing or a nanotech treatment is advisable for polished porcelain, as it reduces absorbency, making them more suitable for bathrooms.

Concrete

Stained and polished concrete is becoming a more popular option for bathroom floors. Stains in concrete are created with acid and inorganic salts, while polished concrete is treated after it has set to create colours and patterns.

The beauty of concrete can be poured out in one slab, which solves the problem of having to clean grout. If that’s not for you, then it can also be laid across your floor in large tiles.

Laminate

Installing a laminate surface in your bathroom is a cost effective way to imitate a lot of more expensive floorings as well as cutting down on cleaning costs. When it comes to the bathroom, it’s a good idea to get a treated laminate, otherwise moisture may cause it to expand and warp. Like vinyl, laminate can be purchased in sheets or tiles.

Cork

A less common choice, but the properties of cork make it ideal as a bathroom floor surface. To start with, it’s soft and warm on bare feet - this is so important in the bathroom. As well as this, cork floors repel moisture so they are unaffected by mildew and bacteria!

Bamboo

If you’re looking for a surface that closely resembles wood and timber, then bamboo flooring might be your answer. Bamboo has the added benefits of being more durable than traditional timber, as well as being naturally resistant to water.

Carpet

If your reaction to having carpet in the bathroom is a double-take, then you’re not alone. It seems like the antithesis of everything we’ve just told you. However, if you want to enjoy the luxurious feeling of having carpet in your bathroom, it’s not impossible.

It’s best to install it in modular tiles, so it’s not fastened to the floor, so that you can remove it for cleaning or replace it, as needed. A protective finish and antimicrobial backing are recommended to inhibit growth of mould and bacteria. With these extra things in mind you can use carpet alongside another floor type like tiling.
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