By Élodie Marilène. Bathroom Flooring. Published at Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - 03:08:32 AM.
Vinyl sheet, rigid core, traditional luxury vinyl tile and engineered tile (with or without grout). Each offers a high level of water, stain and wear resistance, and they're more comfortable underfoot than the traditional stone or ceramic tile you'd normally find in a bathroom. With any of these bathroom flooring types, you'll be able to choose from a variety of on-trend designs. Even styles that realistically mimic traditional, rustic and reclaimed hardwoods, or natural marble and slate!
Plastic laminate tiles (more commonly available as planks) are also a good choice, especially if you’re remodeling. Similar to the laminate material that covered kitchen countertops for a generation or two, the tiles don’t significantly raise the height of the existing floor, which makes it easier to plan transitions from room to room. While durable and easy to keep clean, laminate falls short when it comes to moisture. Standing water can infiltrate the fiberboard core, causing the material to expand and buckle. With laminates, it’s critical to caulk gaps along the walls, around the tub, and surrounding other fixtures to prevent water infiltration.
The drawbacks are worth noting. The maintenance is ongoing and needs to be taken seriously if you want to preserve it. To ensure your natural stone floors provide you with a lifetime of beauty and effectiveness, you must polish the stone floor every few years. In addition to consistent upkeep, it’s important to know that stone tile has limited resistance to chemicals and stains. It costs more than ceramic tile to install and the final product rarely looks like the sample you originally select. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom to include stone floors, be sure to get help from an expert.
There are three basic types of vinyl floor options for the bath: sheet, tile and plank. Sheet vinyl comes in a range of colors and designs and is preferred for high-traffic baths. Vinyl tiles are easy-to-install and mimic stone or ceramic tile. They come in just about any color. The size of the individual tiles range from small to large format and can be installed in practically any pattern for a custom look.
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