Your bathroom floor not only sets the comfort level in your bathroom, but it also lays down the stage for your bathroom fixtures and other bath decorations. Fortunately, there are many different flooring materials and styles that are aesthetically pleasing and can stand up to the abuse that most bathroom flooring surfaces have to put up with.
Whether you are installing under-floor electric radiant heat, or simply preparing your bathroom floor for ceramic tile, natural stone, concrete, wood or some other form of floor laminate, the type of flooring material that you choose will help define the size and shape of your bathroom area.
Durability and safety are also issues that you should be aware of and don’t forget that when finishing your floors that maintenance will also be determined by your choice of flooring materials.
There has to be a balance between the look that you want and the functionality you need. Ensuring your subfloor is strong and level is critical to your bathroom floor’s design, comfort, and longevity. Water damage is always a concern in older floors so inspect your subfloors carefully (just in case you have to patch any rotted areas) before replacing your floor coverings during your bathroom renovation.
Another thing that first-time bathroom renovators sometimes forget to do is to bring into your bathroom the materials that you will use on your bathroom floors ahead of time. Doing this allows the materials to adjust to the temperature and moisture level in the room for a more natural fit and seal on your floors.
When removing or repairing your bathroom floor, having a smooth transition to adjacent floors is paramount, leveling the subfloor, installing a backer board and a waterproof membrane is the standard way of ensuring your floor is ready for whatever finishing material you place upon it.
Bathroom Flooring Options
Bathroom flooring comes in a variety of styles. Changing your flooring can automatically change the entire impression of a room. Because a bathroom is usually smaller than the other rooms in your house, the flooring will actually have a greater impact on the look of the room, than if it was in a bigger room.
It is important to consider the coloring and material of your flooring. If your bathroom is small, you would want to choose a lighter color and designs that are larger to expand the feel of the room.
The material you choose is important because you will want to choose the flooring that is durable and can withstand a lot of moisture in the form of water and steam.
These days, we have a lot of different choices that are efficient and actually look expensive. The great thing about this is that they look expensive but are relatively easy on the pocket. The price ranges can fluctuate a lot, so shop around for the best price.
Flooring choices can come in the form of natural stone, such as granite or marble, laminates that mimic a wood look but are easier to maintain, and tile or vinyl flooring. Linoleum flooring has been around forever and is now coming out with some great patterns and color choices.
Listed below are some specifications that describe the different flooring choices available.
1. Tile Flooring – This is a durable and attractive floor. What is good about tile flooring is that if you are a handyman or woman, you can actually install this yourself with the step-by-step installation instructions that usually come with your purchase.
2. Laminate “Wood Look” Flooring – This is beautiful flooring that is easy to clean and can withstand a lot of water.
3. Marble and Granite Flooring – They are beautiful, however, they need more care and maintenance than the others.
4. Vinyl Flooring – This flooring is durable and can withstand moisture. It comes in a variety of colors.
5. Linoleum Flooring – This flooring is also durable and is great for people with allergies. For those of you creating a “green” bathroom, this is a perfect choice as it is biodegradable.
These are great floor choices for your new bathroom remodeling project. Try to stay away from the real hardwood floors for your bathroom because water and wood are not a good mix.
Even if you feel that you will not drip on the floor, it is very impractical to think that water will not get on the floor. Hardwood floors will separate, which will allow water in, especially in a humid and wet environment like the bathroom.
It is better and even more recommended that you can get that hardwood look with the laminate wood-look flooring which is more practical and cheaper.
There are many places on the internet that will give you step by step instructions on installing flooring. If you do not feel this is a do-it-yourself project that you can handle, you will need to look into a flooring contractor.
Be sure to ask around for references and check them out. A respectable contractor will have no problem with you checking into his work, besides this is only another way for them to show off their quality work.
Changing the flooring in your bathroom can completely change the outcome of your bathroom renovation project. It is amazing how new flooring can make you feel like you’re stepping into a completely different room.
Avoid Highly Glazed Floors
Bathroom floor treatments usually serve as a type of backdrop to the various décor elements in your bathroom. This is generally done to complement or offset your fixtures and other ornamental accessories. Aside from the decorative attributes, your bathroom floor should be water-resistant and easy to maintain in order for you to retain a comfortable and safe bathroom environment.
You already know that safety is paramount in just about everyone’s bathroom. Most of us trek into our bathrooms every morning in our bare feet, so it would be in our best interest to avoid flooring surfaces that are slippery when wet or are highly glazed.
While these surfaces look great when polished but with the thought of an elder or child falling unnecessarily, you really should avoid using highly polished granite, marble, or ceramic tile unless you plan on wearing slippers or spray bathroom floor surfaces with a gripping agent such as Johnny Grip.
It should also go without saying that for your ongoing comfort you should choose a flooring surface material that is not rough or have any edges that may poke or slice your feet.
Denser floor materials sometimes get too cold and will cause chills because they draw heat away from your body. If you want to avoid this inconvenience altogether then install a thermal floor with radiant heating to pamper yourself.
If heating your bathroom floor is not an option then a smooth soft surface such as vinyl will also add to your feet’s content by cushioning the floor and augmenting your walking comfort.