4 types floors for bathrooms

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In the past, ceramic tiles were the standard for choosing bathroom flooring. Tiles are very practical, easy to clean and come in many colors, sizes, and designs.

It’s no wonder they have historically been the preferred choice for bathroom wall and floor coverings! The advantages are clear, but are there alternatives to tiles? Indeed, there are. To help you, we have put together an overview of alternative bathroom flooring options.

Why are tiles ideal for bathrooms?

Heat, humidity, and falling objects are just some of the reasons. Bathroom floors have to withstand many things, so it is not surprising that they have special requirements.

Above all, bathroom floors need to withstand water very well, as daily showering can cause unsuitable, non-waterproof materials to quickly buckle and distort whilst being perfect materials for mold.

To prevent this from happening here is some advice on what to keep in mind when choosing your new bathroom floor:

  • It is important that the surface is robust and scratch-resistant.

  • The surface has to be water-resistant or totally waterproof as it is continually exposed to moisture.

  • Easy cleaning and care as no one wants to polish and/or oil bathroom floors often.

  • Be durable and long-lasting as bathrooms and bathroom floors are renewed the least.

  • Have a seamless transition between the floor and the shower area; this must be taken into account when installing a shower cabin.

  • The floor has to be seamless with its sub-floor so that no moisture gets below the surface.

Apart from tiles, what other materials are suitable for bathroom floors?

The answer to the question is very simple: in theory, almost all floor coverings can be used in the bathroom. Many of them are already waterproof, making them ideal as bathroom floors. However, some are definitely better than others.

Here is an overview of common and modern floor coverings:

Natural stone

Marble, sandstone, and other similar stones can give your bathroom a unique and authentic touch. Natural stones are available in many colors and types so there are no limits when it comes to letting your creativity flow.

Natural materials have an atmospheric effect that can transform your bathroom into an oasis of well-being. Lastly, natural stones can work wonderfully as a shower wall or floor.

Advantages:

  • Natural stones are not only beautiful but also very durable.

  • The surface of natural stones is scratch-resistant and easy to clean.

  • Natural stones are also elegant and extravagant and can make a room visually larger.

  • Natural stone is suitable for underfloor heating as it distributes heat evenly.

Disadvantages:

  • Natural stone, especially marble, is sensitive to alkaline cleaners and/or soap stains.

  • Marble is difficult to install so we recommend having it installed by an expert to ensure that the stones fit together perfectly.

  • Natural stone is usually very porous.

  • In addition to the price of installation, the cost of natural stone is usually higher than that of tiles.

Tip: natural stones can be easily combined in the bathroom; ceramic tiles on the wall may look similar to stones.

Click Vinyl

Click vinyl was introduced to kitchens a long time ago. Vinyl is one of the most flexible floor coverings and is particularly robust and waterproof, making it the most suitable for bathroom floor designs; adhesive vinyl is particularly suitable because it is waterproof. You can redesign your bathroom floor with vinyl in just a few simple steps.

Click Vinyl

Advantages:

  • Vinyl flooring comes in many different colors, styles, and decorations so creative freedom is enormous if you choose vinyl flooring for your bathroom.

  • Vinyl is very easy to care for: with a little water and a little cleaner, your vinyl floor will look like new!

  • Vinyl flooring reliably isolates footfall noise.

  • Vinyl flooring material stores heat well so you’ll never be cold.

  • Click vinyl and adhesive vinyl are also easy to install. The vinyl can be placed and glued on top of existing tiles.

Disadvantages:

  • Adhesive vinyl comes in sheets that are glued side by side; as a result, water can find a gap between the adhesive edges and reach the ground.

  • Vinyl floor covering is not easy to remove.

  • Vinyl doesn’t have a particularly high-quality reputation but it is simple and practical.

Wood / Parquet

For several years now, parquet can be found in bathroom flooring as an alternative to tiles. What many do not know is that there are subspecies of wood that are water repellent, especially bamboo and oak (e.g. smoked oak) are ideal as bathroom floors. Parquet flooring is also a cool alternative to bathroom tiles.

Advantages:

  • Parquet flooring has an eye-catching style and is very unique.

  • Wooden floors are easy to care for and maintain.

  • Dirt and splashes of water simply slide off oiled floors.

  • Parquet flooring can be laid on top of existing tiles or other floor coverings.

  • The installation of the parquet with the click system is quick and easy and you can do it yourself.

  • Parquet and underfloor heating are fully compatible; in particular, bamboo is a recommended type of wood to be used in conjunction with underfloor heating.

Disadvantages:

  • Wooden floors should be sanded and oiled regularly to adequately protect them from water.

  • Parquet is insensitive to water, but not as waterproof as vinyl tiles; waterlogging can change the color of your parquet and cause it to swell.

  • In places where a lot of moisture can form (shower or sink), you will need to protect the floor area with a bath mat.

  • It is not suitable for those who do not like to ventilate since the permanent high humidity damages the wood.

Laminate

The bestseller of floors, both for interiors and for bathrooms, is the laminate floor. This one is easy to care for, it is robust and it is easy to position and install. Laminate is made up of different layers of paper, fiberboard, and glue and is printed in such a way that it looks like wood.

Due to the different layers, laminate flooring is particularly robust and withstands scratches and drops as well as splashes of water. This not only looks good in your kitchen or living room, but it is also an alternative to tiles and ideal for bathroom floors.

Advantages:

  • Laminate flooring is available in a wide variety of designs and colors.

  • As a floor covering in the bathroom, laminate is extravagant and unusual.

  • You can quickly install laminate flooring yourself.

  • Laminate flooring can be easily cleaned and does not require complicated maintenance.

  • Waterproof laminate is especially suitable for damp rooms so you don’t need to worry about its swelling.

Disadvantages:

  • Laminate flooring is not waterproof unless it is a moisture-proof laminate; moisture will always penetrate the material and the joints.

  • Unlike other flooring, laminate flooring can be cold.

  • Laminate flooring does not conduct heat well, so it is not very compatible with underfloor heating.

  • Unlike parquet floors, laminate is noisy, so it is important to add an acoustic insulating base.

What should you pay attention to when designing bathroom floors?

There are no limits to the imagination when designing bathroom floors as long as you take into account the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

There is nothing wrong with having a wooden floor as long as it is cared for, although click vinyl or laminate floors are more suitable.

Above all, it is important that you have all the important information and advice related to the bathroom floor you have chosen.

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