The bathroom takes a ton of abuse. We drip, splash, and steam that space up more than any other room in the house. By its very nature, it is going to be a box of condensation, therefore, we’ve got to ensure that this room, above all others, is water-resistant. This process starts with the feature that takes the brunt of the humidity—the floor.
When starting a bathroom remodel, consider floor covering options that can stand up against a daily drenching. You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on something that’s going to need to be replaced because of mold, mildew, bubbling, or damage to the subfloor. Since we are your premier flooring partner, we’ve got some recommendations! And be sure to read the rest of our Best Flooring Series, highlighting the best flooring for the basement, kitchen, bedroom, and mountain cabin!
Vinyl flooring is always a great option because it is reasonably priced and easy to install, but it is especially good for bathrooms because it’s water-resistant, if not nearly waterproof in some cases!
Vinyl comes in three different styles:
- Luxury tile
- Luxury plank
Sheet vinyl is the best for bathrooms because its seamless installation protects the most against water damage. However, tiles and planks are also wonderful options. In fact, according to Floor Covering Weekly, “luxury vinyl wood-look plank” is in second place for most used in bathroom remodels, and other luxury vinyl comes in third.
In addition to being durable and easy to clean, vinyl comes in all sorts of beautiful patterns these days. You can purchase it in designs that emulate wood, tile, slate, marble, and more. And you won’t have to worry about people forgetting to use the bathmat!
Laminates are now mostly water-resistant and they hold up well in humid bathrooms. Reasonably priced, easy to clean and install, laminate flooring has become a very competitive material over the last decade or two. Laminate is scratch-resistant and environmentally friendly. It’s also gorgeous, with the look and feel of wood but more durable.
Speaking from personal experience, laminate is one of those floor coverings that you just don’t have to worry about. Maintenance is limited to simply wiping up any spills and gentle, dry upkeep. Your damp bathroom has plenty of other elements to stress about, easy, water-resistant flooring will remove one of your worries!
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
When it comes to bathroom flooring, ceramic/porcelain tile is “clearly the dominant choice,” as stated by Floor Covering Weekly. These materials come in as the first place choice when remodeling your bathroom in 2022 and 2021. Could it be because it is clearly the most durable of all floor coverings? Or is it because of the vast variety of design options, sizes, colors, and styles? Either way, it’s an excellent choice for your bathroom.
Porcelain is a bit stronger than ceramic as it is fired at extremely high temperatures, making it more durable and less porous. That makes it a little more expensive, but ceramic holds its own in the bathroom.
If you are concerned about slippery surfaces, we suggest smaller tiles with a little more grout for gripping. And if your worry is about having a cold floor, ceramic and porcelain tile floors are the absolute best for installing heated floor systems. Ah, luxury! Who said your bathroom couldn’t be beautiful and comfortable in addition to being functional?
Before we go can we mention…
Please stop putting wall-to-wall carpet in your bathrooms—that’s what rugs are for! Carpeting tends to absorb moisture and if not aired out well (and we all know bathrooms don’t have a particularly “airy” feel) mold and mildew can propagate. So stop throwing your money down the drain and go with something listed above. And if it’s the coziness you miss, opt for heated floors!
To Sum It Up
Don’t skimp on this vital area of your home. There’s no need to have to keep ripping up and replacing flooring because of warping, mold, and mildew. Simply get it right the first time with some excellent, and attractive, water-resistant flooring!
What Can Graham’s Flooring & Design Do To Help?
Oh, do we love a bathroom remodel! We cannot wait for the next and would love to give you a free consultation on your Loveland or Fort Collins bathroom remodel, so contact us today! We will work with you to find the ideal materials for your specific needs and wants.
Our specialty is Fort Collins flooring, but we also handle baths, countertops, and backsplashes in much of Northern Colorado. From design to installation, we make flooring easy and fun. Come visit us at our showroom or schedule your consultation and enjoy the professional, knowledgable, and stress-free Graham’s experience.
While you’re here, check out what we did here in our blog Before & After: A Fort Collins Bathroom Remodel, and also, consider integrating Pantone’s Color of the Year 2022 into your next design choice.