Bathroom Flooring Materials Small Bathroom Designs

Bathroom Flooring Materials Small Bathroom Designs

Bathroom Flooring Materials

One of the best bathroom remodel ideas. and one which will make a surprising amount of difference in how your bathroom looks, feels and works, is new flooring.

Choosing a new bathroom floor has two main aspects: practicality and looks.

The floor will get splashed, at least, and perhaps soaked, so it needs to be able to resist water and not get slippery when its wet. It needs to be easy to clean, especially if its to be installed in a heavily-used family bathroom. It must be able to be installed on the floor substrate that you have available for example, a ceramic tile surface needs a substrate that does not flex, otherwise it will crack.

Bathroom flooring materials fall into two main categories: hard or resilient/soft.

Hard Bathroom Flooring Materials

These include:

  • marble tiles or slabs
  • stone tiles or slabs (eg limestone, slate or granite)
  • terra-cotta tiles
  • ceramic or porcelain tiles
  • wood (solid wood or engineered)
  • laminates (wood, stone or ceramic-look)
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Its very important that whatever hard material you choose has a non-slip surface, for safety in the bathroom, as well as being water-resistant.

Wood and laminate materials have to be carefully sealed and engineered in order to be water resistant, and may not be suitable for bathrooms where the floor is likely to get soaked, rather than just dripped on.

Most stones must be sealed, and re-sealed at regular intervals in order to resist water and stains.

Tiles of any kind require grouting, and grout requires sealing to prevent grout stains which are especially likely on a floor. Consider using a grout color which wont show dirt, as well as sealing and resealing whenever necessary.

Resilient/Soft Flooring Materials

These materials are either soft, like carpet, or have a little give to them and can feel warmer and easier on the feet than the hard materials. Some examples are:

  • rubber in sheets or tiles
  • vinyl in sheets or tiles, cushioned or not
  • linoleum
  • cork
  • carpet

Carpets in bathrooms go in and out of fashion, and are currently out for good reason. A bathroom carpet will always get wet eventually, and moisture+carpet=mold. Carpet around a toilet will get nasty, sooner or later, unless the bathroom sees very little use. Its much healthier to have a hard or resilient floor with removable rugs on top that can be easily removed, washed and dried, than to permanently install carpet.

Heated Floors

What could be better for bare feet than a warm floor in the bathroom! Floor heating systems are a great addition to your bathroom and because the space is usually fairly small, are not prohibitively expensive. Homes with hydronic (hot water) heating systems can run hot water tubes under the flooring, and others can install electric resistance heating wires. There are systems which will work with wood floors as well as hard stone or tile floors.

Small Bathrooms

Flooring choices for small bathroom designs have some unique limitations.

In a small bathroom, the floor space may not lend itself to custom borders or medallion designs, simply because you wont see enough of the floor to make the design properly visible! On the other hand, because you dont have to buy many square feet of the material, you may be able to splurge on something more expensive than if you had a larger area to cover.


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