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:
Ceramic and porcelain tile is arguably the most recommended material when it comes to bathroom flooring. It’s a very affordable tile option, and incredibly durable. Plus there are unlimited patterns, colors, formats, shapes, and sizes to choose from, so you’re sure to find a ceramic or porcelain tile to suit your taste and budget.
Natural stone is another very popular choice for bathroom flooring. In fact, it’s been popular for centuries. In fact, it’s been popular for centuries. Although they require a few more steps during installation (to seal them against moisture), and can sometimes cost a little more than their ceramic and porcelain counterparts, using natural stone tiles in your bathroom has been known to increase the resale value of a home.
If you want to achieve an authentic wood look and feel in your bathroom, vinyl flooring is your best bet. Better, in fact, than any type of real wood flooring. Unlike solid and engineered hardwood, vinyl flooring offers water resistant (and sometimes even waterproof) properties and won’t warp, twist, or buckle in the face of moisture like their wood counterparts.
When it comes to comfort underfoot, few types of flooring are as cozy as cork--a welcome trait for bare feet in the bathroom. More than just comfortable, cork flooring is also renowned for its water, mildew, rot, mold, and pest resistance--making it a strong contender for bathroom floor applications.
When it comes to flooring in the bathroom, there are two materials that just don’t cut it when it comes to long term, low maintenance performance: wood and carpet. When customers ask us whether they should put solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, or laminate flooring in their bathrooms, we make a hard and fast recommendation against choosing these types of material. Although this opinion is controversial, and other retailers may recommend installing engineered or laminate in the bathroom because they perform better against moisture than solid hardwood flooring, we just don’t think the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to installing real wood in bathrooms. Here is a breakdown on how wood flooring performance is affected by moisture:
Solid hardwood is, quite honestly, the worst choice when it comes to wood options for your bathroom floor. Over time water damage is inevitable to solid hardwood in the bathroom, no matter how flawless the installation, even if done by a professional. If you’re determined to have solid hardwood flooring in your bathroom, it’s important to expect extensive upkeep and repair throughout the lifecycle of your floor.
Although engineered hardwood flooring performs better in moisture than its solid counterpart, it is still a wood product at the end of the day. Any type of wood-based material is prone to damage in moist environments like bathrooms.
Much like engineered hardwood, laminate is a preferred choice for bathroom flooring over solid hardwood, but still contains real wood material that are prone to moisture damage.