Bathroom Flooring Options: Pros and Cons

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, choosing a flooring is a big step, the flooring can transform a dingy space into a high end bathroom.

The priorities for bathroom flooring are a little different to those for the rest of the house. You want something that is easy to clean and that also won’t mind being splashed fairly often, it also needs to deal with a fair amount of humidity, and not get super slippery when it is wet.

We’ve made a little list of bathroom flooring options, broken down with their pros and cons, so you can be sure you are making the right decision when it comes to a new bathroom installation.

1. Solid wood flooring

There’s no denying that hardwood flooring is a thing of beauty, it offers natural warmth and wear resistance, and creates an incredible luxury bathroom.

However, it does not cope well in areas with a lot of moisture. As with all wood, wood flooring will expand and contract with heat and humidity. The wood is also likely to soak up any water spilled on it, which can cause swelling. You should avoid installing solid wood flooring in any bathroom that has a shower or bath which is used on a regular basis.

2. Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is great as long as you install it correctly. The base layer underneath laminate flooring is made from dense fiberboard, so you must be careful and ensure this layer is exposed to a limited amount of moisture.

Laminate flooring can look convincingly like real wood, and so you can get the aesthetic of a luxury bathroom, for a fraction of the price.

3. Vinyl flooring

Vinyl is a great choice for bathroom flooring due to its water resistant properties. Vinyl flooring comes in several varieties including sheet, plank and tile vinyl. The type of vinyl refers to the way in which it is laid. Tile vinyl, for example, comes in tile shaped pieces, this is not ideal for bathrooms as it has so many seams which can mean a greater amount of water is able to seep through.

One of the main benefits of vinyl, as with laminate, is that it is available in a huge array of patterns, colours and styles, so you can create a high end bathroom for a lower end price.

4. Tile flooring

Tiles are one of the most favoured bathroom flooring options, they are extremely hard wearing and resistant to water. There is also a huge range of tiles available to you; porcelain; marble; granite and natural stone to name a few.

Tiles offer a classic and timeless look, they have a long lifespan and with proper maintenance they can last a lifetime. Not only that but tiles can add value to your home.

One of the few downsides is that certain tiles can be more difficult to clean. You need to pick the cleaning products carefully, to ensure none of the chemicals will damage the surface of the tile.