Make a Splash with Your Bathroom Floors
Choosing a new bathroom floor can be a bit slippery, not just because of dripping towels and bubble baths, but because there are so many styles to choose from. In other rooms of the house, using carpet or hardwood is a popular option, but in a bathroom, it’s clear that those materials can’t handle the moisture. Despite ruling out those types of floors, there are still more options than you can imagine. Depending on the style you want to achieve, you might consider stone tiles, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, vinyl plank, glass mosaics, and engineered hardwood, which, unlike solid hardwood, is water-resistant.
Go Au Naturel
Natural stone tiles are a fantastic choice for your bathroom floor, shower walls, or backsplash. Natural stone has been used for centuries. The variety of natural stone ranges from marble to limestones to granite and beyond. Although other materials may be more durable than natural stone, it offers a luxurious feel that comes with a price tag. When you choose, natural stone will leave your morning bath routine feeling like you have your own luxurious spa –plus, you up the resale value of your home.
Ceramic and Porcelain Are Powder Room-Ready
Ceramic tiles are popular, affordable, and come in many different styles and sizes. Ceramic tiles can be painted or glazed in various patterns and colors, leaving you the ability to truly customize a space that you’ll be using every day. Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile. The main difference is that porcelain is made with more refined clay and baked at a higher temperature. This makes porcelain more durable, more water-resistant, and, of course, often more expensive than ceramic.
Mix It Up with Mosaic
Small mosaic tiles are often used on showers and backsplashes. These small tiles are excellent for shower floors because their size makes them easy to angle and create proper drainage. They can also bring joy as they add personality through a pop of color and totally transform your bathroom design. And what’s even more incredible is that glass mosaic tiles are effortless to clean, which makes maintaining your new bathroom easy breezy.
Lock Moisture Out with Vinyl
Luxury vinyl plank is an excellent option for bathrooms because it is entirely waterproof. This means, with moisture locked out, you can lock yourself in for some well-deserved self-care in the form of a bubble bath. It is easy to install, inexpensive, and comes in a variety of styles. This material imitates other costlier flooring options like stone and can give you the look of hardwood without the constant anxiety over water damage and rot. Luxury vinyl plank can handle all the soap, shower water, and dirty towels you throw at it. It also provides comfort as it is warm to the touch and a lot less slippery than tile, which is a bonus, especially when you forget to put a bathmat down.
Love the Look of Hardwood?
If you truly can’t part with the look of hardwood and want to use it in your bathroom, the best option is engineered hardwood. This flooring is constructed with a plywood-like base and a thin layer of hardwood on top. It is more suited for a bathroom as it is water-resistant. An added plus is that it is easy to install and easy to clean. Although this floor is water-resistant, it does require a bit more care, meaning you shouldn’t allow wet towels to lay on the floor, and you should try your best to clean up any puddles right away.
What type of underlayment should you use? How many inches thick? How do you install it? And how do you avoid damaging your floors in the process?
When you work with Factory Flooring, you don’t have to worry about these questions. Our team of professional flooring installers will handle all the heavy lifting for you — literally. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the savings on your energy bill.
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