– What does and doesn’t work when it comes to bathroom flooring
Your bathroom is one of the most highly trafficked rooms in your home with the exception of your front hall or reception area. There will be more feet and paws coming in and out of that room than probably any other room in your home and then you have to take into account there’ll be lots of water and soap being splashed around too. This means that whatever type of flooring you choose to put in your bathroom, it’s going to need to be robust enough to take heat, cold, water and a lot of feet running over it year in and year out.
But it’s not just about putting down a floor that will last for a long time you’ll also need a style and type of flooring that will also match the decor of your bathroom. So the purpose of this page is to give you some bathroom flooring ideas to think about and make a final choice from. Not all types of bathroom flooring are going to suit what you’re trying to achieve and it will also depend on what type of bathroom you’re decorating or desiging too.
So what types of flooring, can you choose for your bathroom?
There’s nothing quite like the feel of a new carpet in any room and in most rooms carpet can be a great idea simply because it always make a room feel that bit “warmer”. Putting down carpet as your bathroom flooring choice is a tough call to make simply because, generally speaking, carpet and water don’t mix. Carpet made from natural fibers will generally start to stink pretty bad once they’ve bee in place for a few months, but there are some types of modular carpet made form synthetic fibers that can work pretty well.
Hardwood floors are more popular now in homes than they have been in probably the last 30-years or so. For people who don’t have hardwood floors in their homes they’re looking to make that upgrade in their main living rooms, bedrooms and of course in their bathrooms too. But wood and water aren’t an ideal combination so this can put a question mark over wood as an ideal bathroom flooring choice. The key with having a hardwood floor in your bathroom is to not let water soak into it in the first place and to have the room properly ventilated. Unless you soak the wood in water for days it won’t warp and wooden floors also have the advantage of being resurfacable – a professional sanding and a few layers of sealant your hardwood floor can be almost as good as new.
If you’re looking for more environmentally friendly or “green” choice of flooring for your bathroom, then glass tiles might be the way to go – most of them being made from recycled glass bottles and jars. This also means you get to choose from a huge variety of colors in your decorating scheme and there are even glass tiles that change color when heat is applied to them. For safety reasons you’re much better off using a smaller size glass tile in your bathroom and ideally use tiny glass tiles as part of a mosaic pattern. If you insist on using larger tiles, then at least make sure their surface has been sandblasted to add more grip to them. Glass lasts almost forever and is incredibly easy to keep clean too.
This is probably the most popular type of bathroom tile now and over the last few decades too. Ceramic tiles are hard-wearing and are available in a huge range of styles, colors and textures. On top of being able to find a ceramic tile that will suit your exact bathroom decor. Ceramic tiles are resistant to water obviously and are also resistant to odors and smells so your bathroom will stay smelling clean once you’ve cleaned it. The only real downside to using this type of tile is keeping the tile grout clean.
If you’re looking for a very comfortable and environmentally friendly type of bathroom flooring, then you can’t go too far wrong by choosing cork for your bathroom floors. Cork is a “greener” choice than a hardwood for your bathroom floor because it’s an easy type of wood to replenish and it’s also water resistant and doesn’t suffer from mildew problems.
Hopefully we’ve helped get your creative juices flowing and introduced you to a few new options for bathroom flooring.