The Seven Most Common Bathroom Flooring Options

The Seven Most Common Bathroom Flooring Options

The Seven Most Common Bathroom Flooring Options

When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your bathroom, there is a wide variety of options available. Because of the amount of use a bathroom receives on a daily basis, choosing the best type of flooring that is functional is an important task.

Here are the most common types of flooring used in bathrooms:

  1. Carpet

When it comes to the flooring in your bathroom, carpet is often used even though it is not the wisest choice available. Though carpet is comfortable, it is not resistant to water and can easily start to deteriorate or grow mold and mildew. However, if carpet is a must in your home, there are a few preventative measures you can take to protect it as much as possible, such as using 100% olefin material.

  1. Laminate

Because laminate is inexpensive and readily available, adding laminate flooring can be a good option in your bathroom remodel. Laminate is simple to maintain and extremely durable. Because of its wear layer of melamine, laminate is strong. Plus, because laminate is glued together, it protects against water damage.

  1. Hardwood

While hardwood can work in a bathroom, it is not an ideal choice, as hardwood is not resistant to moisture. If there are any gaps between the hardwood flooring—even minimal gaps—moisture can work its way down and warp the wood. If you have your heart set on hardwood in your bathroom, look to hire professional installers.

  1. Engineered Wood

Because of engineered wood’s plywood base, it holds up well against moisture. The top layer looks just like hardwood because it is hardwood. The difference lies in the layers underneath, which creates a more sustainable product. Engineered wood is also a softer material, thus it can be more comfortable than hardwood.

  1. Stone

Any type of stone—marble, granite, limestone, etc.—is a great option, for there are no moisture problems with stone. However, stone can be both slippery and cold, which is a deterrent for many. To avoid any danger of slipping when the stone is wet, add a texture to the stone or purchase naturally textured stone. Plus, if you really like the look of stone, before adding it to the floor, install in-floor heat first.

  1. Vinyl

Vinyl is a popular bathroom flooring choice, for it not only can be installed easily, there are also a ton of options to choose from. Additionally, vinyl is extremely inexpensive in comparison to competing options, and is simple to clean and easy to maintain.

  1. Ceramic Tile

Similar to stone, ceramic tile is waterproof. However, tile is less expensive than stone, and it has less issues than stone. There are many tile options available, which allows you to find something unique and charming. Additionally, for those who love the look of hardwood, there is wood-look tile available for purchase, which looks remarkably like hardwood. Much like stone, tile can be heated.

Use these seven options to find the best flooring option for your bathroom.

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  • Drew Reply

    I have had carpet and wood in my bathroom and I much prefer the tile I have now. Constantly cleaning up water from the floor so that it won’t mildew can be exhausting. Thanks for posting.

    May 11, 2015 at 9:43 am
  • Lewis Remington Reply

    I didn’t know that hardwood flooring in bathrooms can rot or get moldy. This is good to know now, since my wife and I are about to start remodeling our own bathroom. We wouldn’t want to install flooring that won’t last.

    May 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm
  • Deanna R. Jones Reply

    Thanks for the information! I’ve been trying to find the right flooring option for my bathroom floor. I used to have a tile floor, but the moisture made its way under the tiles and now they’re peeling off of the floor. It seems like a stone floor would look nice in my bathroom. I didn’t know that granite would be a good type of stone to use for flooring. It would be really nice to have a granite floor since they don’t have any problems with moisture.

    May 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm
  • Bette Raburn Reply

    When it comes to choosing the floor for a bathroom, it comes down to how much someone is willing to pay for bathroom setup. You have listed 7 great types of flooring used in bathrooms, which is great for people in the market who have their mind open to their flooring. I, personally, am interested in stone or ceramic tile, but that is purely for the feeling I get when I feel them underneath my feet. I love that feeling, and it makes me feel that I am in a bathroom that matches my thoughts.

    July 24, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Michele Smith Reply

    Thank you for the great flooring examples. Do you have any ideas on where you can buy wholesale flooring in the Folsom area.

    August 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  • Johnson McGee Reply

    I like how you said, “…there are no moisture problems with stone”. The tile in my bathroom is really nice. I clean it on a weekly basis. Furthermore, I like to buff it up with baking soda. What’s your favorite type of tile?

    September 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Michele Smith Reply

    Thank you again for the post. Do you have any recommendations for wholesale flooring locations in the Sacramento area?

    October 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm
  • George Cox III Reply

    Never knew that bathrooms can be furnished with so many options. Thanks for writing up. I have Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors in my bathroom. Now, I am certainly going to get a bathroom carpet to beautify my bathroom in a better manner.

    February 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Jack Mulligan Reply

    I love the idea of using stone flooring in the bathroom! I currently have some really nasty old carpet and it definitely needs to go. I should see what my options are and get that changed out as soon as possible.

    July 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  • Sondhi Reply

    Great idea and concept with awesome design by OgdensFlooring……Please also share some interesting design for Bathroom vanity.

    December 27, 2016 at 5:39 am
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