There is nothing more invigorating like stepping out of a bath or shower, or walking into a bathroom first thing in the morning with bare feet onto those tiled floors.
When it comes to choosing the right bathroom flooring, it can be difficult to know what the best option is for you, with so many different choices available. You not only want it to look excellent, complementing the wall finish and the rest of the interior, but also be water resistant and slip resistant for your safety.
So how do you choose the right flooring and what do you need to know before setting your heart on one option? We are here to walk you through a varying array of flooring choices (along with their advantages) for your bathroom to help you make that all important decision.
Bathroom Flooring Ideas
In bathrooms, it is very easy and somewhat expected to get water all over the floor from baths, the shower and the sink. If you have chosen the wrong flooring for your bathroom, you could end up slipping, or it could ruin the floor completely. With that in consideration, here are some appropriate options for your bathroom’s flooring:
Porcelain Flooring Idea
It is essential to note that ceramic and porcelain are not the same. As opposed to ceramic, porcelain is made up of denser clays that are fired for a prolonged period and at a higher temperature. It is subsequently harder and less porous. These are likely to be through coloured, whereas ceramic tiles are typically fired on a surface layer. Some of the advantages that you receive by using porcelain tiles are:
- Durable and hardwearing.
- Impermeable to water.
- Stain resistant.
- Easy to maintain and clean.
- Light in weight and easy to install.
- Flexible and can be easily matched with wall tiles too.
- Hygienic surface with low risk of allergies occurring.
Stone Flooring Idea
This is the latest trend when it comes to bathroom walls and bathroom flooring. Stone is clad completely in slate, which is testament to its long-lasting popularity. It is a material, however, that can easily divide one’s opinion. The advantages of stone flooring include:
- Widely available with a variety of options.
- Long-lasting and sturdy.
- Not as prone to waterproofing issues as it used to be.
- Looks stunning when polished or honed.
Vinyl Flooring Idea
Leave those memories of inexpensive sheets with naff imitation stone or wood patterns behind. At present, luxury vinyl tile is in trend, which comes close to representing the real thing. Vinyl tiles offer you the following advantages:
- Resistant to water.
- Softer and provides warmth underfoot.
- Goes hand-in-hand with underfloor heating.
- Thinner in size, thus easy to retro fit.
- Hardwearing, guaranteeing 12 to 20 years’ worth of lifespan.
- Available with stone and wood effect, as well as with dynamic finishes.
Wood Flooring Idea
Engineered wood flooring can be introduced in bathrooms, but its specification comes down to its application process. Unlike other solid woods that consist of a single piece of timber, engineered wood is made up of several layers. A wear layer of wood (often high quality products are likely to have thicker wear layers) is placed above layers of either plywood or wood that are arranged at right angles. Advantages of engineered wood are:
- More stable than other types of wood.
- Less prone to movements in humid conditions.
- A more appropriate option than laminate.
Rubber Flooring Idea
Rubber flooring is resistant to water and is available in a wide variety of bright colours. It is the perfect choice, especially if you are looking for bathroom flooring for children or an elderly person. Rubber looks great with white walls and sanitary-ware. You can also use it to create a fun look, as it can be easily evolved. Some advantages of rubber flooring are:
- Strong and tough wearing.
- Shock absorbent and soft underfoot.
- Available in various patterns, textures and colours.
- Easy maintenance.
- Perfect to create a hygienic surface.
Preparing the Subfloor
The subfloor is an important aspect for the longevity of the final floor finish. If it is sound and level, floorings such as luxury vinyl tiles and porcelain can have a prolonged lifespan. You can use a self-levelling screed in order to craft a smooth, levelled floor. However, there are certain situations wherein an entirely levelled floor is not achievable, such as in old homes.
But, if you are installing an underfloor heating system (UFH) in your bathroom to attain warm, toasty underfoot then opt for underfloor heating screed. This provides a sturdy and long-lasting subfloor for your UFH systems.
Also, note that different subfloors have different sets of requirements. Some of them are as follows:
- When concrete or screed is newly laid, it needs to be left to dry thoroughly because cracks in screed tend to lead to cracks in your flooring.
- Flooring such as timber may require to be covered with a marine plywood or membrane, along with versatile adhesives before it is being topped with the final floor finish.
- If you are laying stone tiles in your bathroom, especially on timber floors, then you’ll have to ensure that its structure is able to take extra weight.
Installing the Final Floor
Once the subfloor is properly crafted and thoroughly dried, the final step is the installation process. Whilst the final floor is being installed, it is recommended to install them across the entire floor, instead of cutting them around sanitary-ware. In this manner, you are future-proofing the flooring, because sanitary-ware can either be small or wall hung and could leave gaping holes.
Flooring Safety Tips
These are some basic flooring safety tips that can assist you in preventing accidents in your bathroom:
- When you are installing flooring in your bathroom, ensure that it is slip-resistant, as well as water-resistant.
- See to it that you aren’t allowing the surface water to collect, especially on vinyl flooring. Wipe up any spills immediately, in order to decrease the possibilities of slips and falls.
- Check if chemicals are safe for use on the bathroom flooring and ensure that the furniture is well-secured, and positioned sensibly. This way, you can easily avoid accidents.
- If by any chance you are adding rugs, then make sure that they are rubber backed to prevent slipping.
Liam Ashton likes being called as the doctor of construction. He has an extensive experience of working in the construction industry. His areas of expertise include project management, floor construction and construction cost estimating. Apart from working as a construction service provider he also enjoys sharing his knowledge to the world.