Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Bathroom

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel for next year, you’ve got a lot to think about in terms of materials, especially when it comes down to deciding on your new bathroom’s floor. With so many options on the market, you’ve probably wondered what would work best with your bathroom remodel in terms of cost, style, and function. To help you with this decision, we’ve put together a list of the different flooring options for your bathroom. Do you have a favorite floor material you like the best? Comment below!

Laminate – Need to cut costs on your bathroom remodel? We would recommend choosing laminate flooring, as it’s easily the cheapest option on this list. Laminate flooring often remains completely unaffected by moisture, making it a great long lasting choice. Should the laminate become damaged or chipped, you may experience some bubbling. In which case, it would all need to be replaced. With this low-cost flooring option, there are many styles and designs you can pick from that look amazing. Unsure about a laminate floor? You can always easily tear it out and replace it with a different flooring material.

Tile – In terms of textures and styles, tile flooring has many diverse material and pricing options. It may cost you a little more than laminate flooring, but not nearly as much as stone flooring. If a tile breaks or chips, you can easily replace it without tearing up the entire floor. Out of all the choices, tile and stone flooring require the most upkeep. Grout lines can stain or harbor mold growth, which may make your bathroom a little harder to clean.

Stone – If you’re looking for extreme durability with a classic look, you may want to choose stone flooring. You are also unlikely to experience any damage from moisture with this flooring option. The only drawback? Stone flooring can be extremely expensive compared to the other bathroom flooring options. If your budget allows for stone flooring, you’ll have many opulent styles and materials to choose from. Talk with your contractor to see which option works best for you.

Colored Concrete – Colored or stained concrete has become popular in new home design as an cheaper alternative to stone and tile flooring. Concrete flooring requires little maintenance and holds up well in a moist environment. You can choose from a variety of stains and engravings, giving your bathroom a dramatic look without the high cost.

Materials You Want to Avoid

You want to avoid using carpet or wood flooring in your bathroom. Why? Carpet and wood do not work well in a moist environments. Carpets and wood provide the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can seriously damage your floor. Moisture also will damage any hard wood you install in your bathroom, which can be costly to replace. Do you like the look of a wood floor? Try using a laminate flooring material with a wood design.

3 COMMENTS

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 17:58 pm

    Carpet and wood are very bad choices for bathroom floors. Besides moisture being bad for carpet, it's very hard to clean the way it needs to be cleaned in a bathroom. We've had laminate floors in our bathrooms for years with very few problems, it's a great option.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:34 pm

    I had no idea that there could be so many options for the flooring in my bathroom. My wife has been begging for us to change out the tile that we have there now. I like that stone is so durable and gives such a classic look. We may have to see if we'd like something like that.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 17:38 pm

      Best of luck with your remodel! The stone is definitely a an updated and sustainable choice.

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