Bathroom Remodel: Understanding The Different Types Of Flooring

2 January 2016
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So, you've decided to remodel the bathroom? You've made an excellent decision. In 2015, the national average of return on investment for bathroom remodels was 70 percent. One of the most important decisions to make when remodeling your bathroom is the flooring. Here is a look at a few different flooring options that are available as well as the pros and cons of each of them:

Ceramic Tile

This is probably one of the more popular options in terms of bathroom flooring. It has a classic, crisp and clean look to it, and the tile is extremely durable, stain-resistant and waterproof. However, if you do not choose a slip-resistant tile, you will need to ensure you use a bath mat or rug in the space to avoid unnecessary slip-and-fall accidents and injuries. In addition, ceramic tile tends to be extremely cold on the feet, unless you opt for radiant floor heating to be installed.

Vinyl

Another option is vinyl flooring, which is probably the most economical choice. It is also waterproof and stain-resistant. Plus, it's easy to clean. If you opt for the tiles that you peel and stick, then there will be a lot of seams in the floor where water can find its way under. So, if you choose vinyl flooring, make sure to go with high-quality sheets to reduce the number of seams that are present in the space. Unlike ceramic tile, vinyl is soft and isn't nearly as slick, which helps in terms of slipping and falling.

Cork

If you're looking for an eco-friendly, attractive flooring option, then you may want to consider cork. It is water-resistant, mold-resistant and mildew-resistant, which makes it perfect for the bathroom and for those who suffer with allergies. You can have the flooring sealed with a topcoat to protect it from any minor spills and help reduce discoloration from direct sun exposure. You can opt for click-in-place planks or glue-down tiles, depending on your budget and need.

Bamboo

Another renewable source is bamboo. Most sustainable resources are more expensive, but bamboo will cost significantly less than hardwood flooring. Engineered bamboo is probably the way to go in terms of bathroom flooring since the planks are extremely durable and are pretty water-resistant, although bamboo is susceptible to humidity warping. When maintained properly, bamboo flooring can last up to 50 years.

Hardwood

For a warm and timeless look, nothing truly beats hardwood. Engineered hardwood consists of a plywood backing and a real wood top. It is more resistant to humidity, which is prevalent in bathrooms, than solid wood. If you go with hardwood in the bathroom, make sure to opt for a water-resistant finish that can stand up to excessive foot traffic. Otherwise, your floor is going to quickly warp and suffer discoloration due to moisture.

For more flooring options or to discuss what type of flooring would be best used in your bathroom remodel, speak to a flooring contractor before getting too deep into your remodel. To learn more, contact a company like Callier Thompson Kitchen & Bath