How To Choose Bathroom Flooring

Whether you’re undertaking a full bathroom re-fit, or just looking to change your flooring out to give your bathroom a refresh, there are many factors to consider. Your bathroom floor choice has a major impact on the overall finish and feel of your bathroom, so you want to be sure you make the right choice. Not only this, but you need to be sure that it’s suited to your lifestyle and isn’t too high maintenance. We’ve put together this simple guide to give you an idea of materials and styles you can go for so that you can better decipher which is the best fit for your home.

Tile

Tiled floors create a natural elegance in any bathroom, and they’re renowned for being durable, easy to clean and resistant to stains. One of the advantages when opting for this material is the vast range of styles, colours and finishes available, meaning they can suit most styles of bathrooms. So whether you’re looking to create a minimal, clean look with neutral colours or create an industrial finish with larger tiles, this flooring material is perfect for that. It is important to note that tiled floors are not always the best option if you’ve got young children, or for the elderly who are more partial to falls; this material can get very slippery. Due to the nature of this material, tiled floorings are generally much colder underfoot, so if you’re thinking of opting for a tiled floor you might want to look at underfloor heating to avoid this. Whilst a tiled flooring can be on the more pricey side, if your budget stretches to this you can create a truly glamorous finish.

Laminate

Laminate is a highly popular choice for many rooms around the house, including the bathroom, and it’s no surprise with the wide range of colours and styles that are available. More notably, it is popular due to it being much more affordable compared to tile or wooden alternatives in the market. In the past, laminate has been renowned to raise and part layers due to damp atmospheres in bathrooms, but luckily there are many options to combat these issues today. If you’re thinking of opting for a laminate floor, make sure that its water and humidity-resistant to avoid any lifting! Perfect for families, and those that need a flooring that looks great, but is low maintenance.

Wooden

The wooden tile provides a natural warmth and adds a period feel to a space that other materials do not. When referring to wooden flooring in the bathroom, we mean engineered wooden flooring, rather than a solid wood floor. This is because engineered wooden floors have been designed to work in humid and damp conditions, providing a much more stable floor for your bathroom. Solid wood flooring, on the other hand, is prone to warping and typically cannot stand the average bathroom over time. Whilst a wooden floor is warmer than a stone or tile alternative, in the colder months you would still appreciate some underfloor heating, so it’s worth looking at this before you make your decision. Whilst a wooden floor looks flawlessly chic, it can be high maintenance and isn’t the best for small children as it’s important to avoid getting it too wet. Despite this, it is relatively easy to clean - just treat it the same as any other wooden floor.

Rubber

Rubber flooring may not be a material you’d considered, or it might bring horrible images to mind of very clinical spaces. Nowadays, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Much like laminate, there is a range of colours, patterns and finishes available, making rubber the perfect material for a contemporary bathroom. From a safety point of view, this material is also ideal. Rubber floors are soft underfoot, ready to tackle any tumbles, and therefore are perfect for families. If you’re looking for an affordable option that is easy to clean and maintain, rubber could be perfect for your bathroom.

Your bathroom flooring, like any other decor in your home, is a very personal choice and should fit in with your style, lifestyle and budget. By using some of the insights in this post, you’ll hopefully be able to make a more informed decision - and get the bathroom of your dreams! If you would like to take a look at our high-quality range of bathroom suites and finishing, you can do so here.

Posted on: 22nd November 2018

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