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What Are The Best Bathroom Flooring Options?

Choosing the right type of bathroom flooring can seem tricky. You want a stylish floor that can also handle high moisture levels, so where do you begin? Bathroom flooring comes in a surprising variety of materials, including marble, porcelain, vinyl and more. But don’t get overwhelmed. Here is a breakdown of the top bathroom flooring options to help you choose what’s best for your space:

Porcelain tile


Wood look porcelain tiles offer an organic and sophisticated look for bathrooms. (Torino Rustic Sequoia Collection – Sierra Earth)

When it comes to bathroom tile, porcelain should be at the top of your list. Porcelain is made from clay that’s shaped and fired at extremely high temperatures. Its hard exterior resists staining, water, bacteria and odors. Porcelain is considered impervious to moisture, making it a great choice for your bathroom flooring. These tiles are available in a range of shapes including square, octagonal and hexagonal forms, allowing for greater personalization in your bathroom.

Porcelain tile also allows for customization of style, including wood look tile. This is flooring that offers the best of both worlds: the durability of porcelain with the look of natural wood floors. These tiles come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes, allowing you to create your own unique design.

Vinyl Flooring


Combining water resistance, style, and comfort, vinyl flooring will enhance your bathroom. (Vesdura Vinyl Planks – Hornbeam White with Cork Underlay)

Vinyl Tiles and Planks

Vinyl flooring
is a popular bathroom material choice because it’s inexpensive and is highly practical. It’s extremely water resistant – which is perfect for the bathroom, the room most susceptible to moisture. Available as vinyl floor tiles or planks with easy to use peel and stick or click-lock installation systems, installing vinyl can also can be a DIY job.

“Styles can be mixed and matched to create a unique look catered to your personality.”

Homeowners love the classic hardwood look, but unfortunately the bathroom has too high of moisture levels for this type of flooring to be practical. Vinyl flooring is a great alternative because it has a wide range of color and style options designed to mimic wood. Styles designed to look like stone and linen are available as well. These styles can be easily paired with modern or contemporary design elements to create a unique look catered to your personality. In addition, vinyl flooring is much softer on the feet than other flooring options, providing a more comfortable surface.

Natural stone tile


Natural stone tiles offer endless style possibilities for the entire bathroom. (Izmir Turkish Travertine – Medium Beige Premium Honed and Filled)

Stone is stylish and very popular for bathroom installations. Stone tiles offer a timeless look and feel for bathrooms and can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Here are some stone tile options with their characteristics to help you decide if stone is right for your bathroom floor.

Marble Tile

Marble tile is sophisticated and beautiful. Slabs or tiles can come in many colors and styles with their own unique vein patterns and streaks of color. Tones will vary stone to stone depending on the type of marble. Being a natural stone, marble is known for its porous surface. To maintain its pristine look, sealing may be necessary. Marble is a great flooring option for bathrooms with a classic or ornate decor.

Limestone Tile

Limestone is formed from sedimentary materials. Often featuring fossilized patterns, limestone’s color options are in the tan, gray, and white spectrum. Available in range of textures, it can be honed to provide a smooth surface. Experts recommend sealing this porous material every few years for protection against moisture and liquids–this is especially important when it limestone is installed as a bathroom floor.

Travertine Tile

This crystallized, partially metamorphosed stone has gotten a bad reputation in the past due to staining. However, modern methods of sealing the stone can prevent this issue. Travertine is durable and has a proven history of longevity. Travertine tiles come in a variety of sizes and color ranges like ivory, gold, and mocha, making each install unique. If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a Turkish spa or a European-style bathroom with old world charm, Travertine tile may be the best bet for your bathroom floor.

Slate Tile

Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that contains many minerals and is formed under intense heat a pressure. It’s known for its chameleon type color scheme that ranges from jet black to iridescent. Not only does slate offer a look that is unique to the material, but it is also naturally slip resistant and retains heat easily–this makes slate tile a great option for bathroom flooring for minimizing slips and keeping toes warm.

If you’re looking to renovate your master bath or powder room floor, you have a ton of stunning options to choose from that can handle the bathroom environment. Along with considering the look you want, factor in your budget, and the maintenance requirements of different materials. As you search for flooring, keep porcelain, vinyl, and natural stone in mind, as they all make excellent bathroom floors.

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(9) Comments

  1. Magesh Pandari Guptha

    Want to know more about vinyl HD plank flooring for a residence in chennai. Details need like its properties about surface, colour availability, dampness protection, hardness, anti scratch, thickness, laying procedures, cost & size

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Magesh. Thanks so much for reaching out to us! We have over 100 vinyl products available on our website, which can be found here: https://www.builddirect.com/Luxury-Vinyl-Tile-Results.aspx – as you can see, you can filter by certain features on the left-hand side of the page. All of the details you’re inquiring about above, will depend on which product(s) you’re interested in. Those details can also be found on all of the product pages under “Product Overview”, “Specifications” or by adding a product into your shopping cart. With your project being residential, you do have an extensive amount of options to choose from. Once you narrow it down to a few products, you can always reach out to one of our customer service reps via phone or online chat and we can help you out with any questions you may have. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. I have travertine in my shower floor and walls . It has stains that look like soap scum but won’t come off ? Can I do anything to fix this problem ??

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Almas,

      Thank you for getting in touch! I suggest going to your local hardware store to see if they have any tile cleaners that are specifically made for natural stone. Unfortunately if the stains have completely absorbed into the travertine there is nothing you can do but replace those tiles, but it’s worth a shot trying to find something to remove them. If you are able to remove them, I highly suggest regular sealing of the tile to ensure stains don’t absorb into the stone and are easily cleaned off. If you get a high quality sealer you will be able to wait longer in between each time. If you have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at 1-877-631-2845 and one of our tile experts will be able to answer any of your questions!

  3. What tile would be the least slippery? the smooth tile that we have now is like walking on ice if your feet are wet or the floor is wet.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for your question. Natural stone with a brushed finished will give you a gritty texture that will definitely have the best grip when wet. This is a type of tile that would be often be used in an exterior application that would be safe when it is raining out.

      If you have any other questions please feel free to call into our tile department at 1-877-631-2845 and a product expert would be happy to speak with you.

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