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What Kind of Flooring Should I Get In My Bathroom?

Posted by Daniel Mizrahi on Sunday, December 31, 2017

For all of the floors in our homes, we want them to be attractive and durable. Bathrooms floors, however, need to be suitable for frequent wettings, which limits the types of surfaces that can be used there. So, what kind of flooring is attractive and durable, and can survive a damp environment? What type of flooring is the best choice for a bathroom?

It is generally agreed that tile is the best kind of surface for a bathroom floor. It offers a dizzying variety of colors, styles, and design options, making it a great way to achieve the attractive look you want. It is extremely durable, so you know it will hold up to wear. And finally, it is impervious to water, making it ideal for a bathroom.

In comparison, carpets are a lousy choice for bathrooms, being apt to soak up moisture, dirt and grime. Hardwood and most laminate floors are also not appropriate for use in a bathroom, as they will all absorb water, causing warping and rot.

What Kind of Tile Is Best for Bathrooms?

Porcelain tile is often cited as the best kind of tile for use in a bathroom remodel. It comes in a myriad of attractive designs, and it can mimic other types of natural stone. In addition, it is not as heavy as real stone tiles (like marble) and it is less porous than typical ceramic tiles. Porcelain tile is stain and scratch resistant, and it works well with radiant floor heating.

One concern with tiles in a damp environment is that they can be slippery. This is another area where porcelain tiles offer an advantage. Many varieties of bathroom tile have a textured surface which will resist slipping and offer greater safety. There are two more ways to keep the tile floor in your bathroom from becoming hazardous. One is to use small tiles which create more grout lines for traction. Another method is to apply an anti-slip coating to the tiles after they are installed.

Can I Use Vinyl Tile in My Bathroom?

One of the most DIY-friendly forms of flooring is vinyl tile. The peel-and-stick tiles come in many attractive patterns and can make a lovely floor. However, in a bathroom, this type of tile has many seams that water can seep into, which can lead to adhesive failure and to mold or rot. Vinyl can be a good choice for a bathroom when it is installed as a single sheet covering the whole floor, eliminating seams. However, this is tricky to do well, and if it gets damaged, you can't just replace a single tile.

Does Laminate Flooring Work in Bathrooms?

Until recently, the answer to this question was no. Because typical laminate floors use a wood composite underneath the laminated top surface, it is succeptible to absorbing water, again causing warping, rot, or mold. As a general rule, wood products and bathrooms don't mix!

However, several companies have recently released laminate floors that are virtually waterproof, and are specifically designed for kitchens, bathrooms, and other moisture-prone areas. While these types of flooring often look like a wood surface, they contain no actual wood, making them a fine choice for a bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Remodeling in the Los Angeles Region

If you are considering a bathroom remodeling project here in the L.A. area, we would be happy to talk with you. Open Hand Remodeling is a full-service remodeling contractor, and we can help you through every stage of the project. Our staff can help you select the best materials for your needs, including the best type of bathroom flooring. Our friendly personnel walk you through each step of the remodel, making it pleasant and effective.

In addition to bathroom remodels, we provide kitchen remodeling, additions, general remodeling, and landscaping services. We serve Burbank, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, and the whole Los Angeles region.

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