Bathroom Flooring is an important element for a bathroom remodel. As one of the busiest rooms in the house, it has to stand up to its fair share of wear and tear. Not to mention, new flooring for your bathroom can take a large chunk of the remodeling budget. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. Before you even head to your local home improvement center, know our option to pick the right one for your home and your lifestyle.
Vinyl Flooring is one of the most popular choices for bathroom flooring. It is durable, water-resistant (important for the bathroom) and comfortable. Available in a variety of colors and styles – many simulating stone and tile – vinyl is one of the most affordable options at $1 – $7 per square foot when installed by a professional.
Tile Flooring is a wonderful way to add texture and shapes to a bathroom. Ceramic tiles are finished in glaze over clay and baked, while the color in porcelain runs through the clay. The advantage to porcelain is that it will not show scratches. The biggest problem with either of these types of tiles is slippage, so high-gloss finishes should not be used for bathroom flooring. To have tiles installed, expect to pay $3 – $20 per square foot.
Laminate flooring is fast becoming a popular option, especially for homeowners who want the look of wood, but not the problems. While laminate has many of the options people are looking for, like durability, ease of installation and cost, it is not immune for water damage. Drips and spills will have to be cleaned up right away to avoid falls. However, at an affordable $3 – $10 per square foot, installed, it is a great option for bathroom flooring.