Are you remodeling your bathroom and trying to decide which type of flooring to install? When selecting flooring for your bathroom, things you want to take into consideration include: resistance to water, how easily it will stain, and how slippery the surface will be when wet.
Carpet seems like the worst option for your bathroom since the material is prone to getting waterlogged which leads to problems with mold, mildew, and odor. However, if you have your heart set on having a warm, non-slippery surface to step on when you are getting out of the shower, keep in mind that there is carpet that is resistant to water, mildew, and stains.
Tile is one of the more popular flooring types found in bathrooms, and for good reasons. Aside from the beauty and seemingly limitless style and color choices, tile is very durable and hygienic since it is impervious to water. It is also very easy to clean. However, it can be slippery so look for tile that has more texture.
Though not the best choice for bathrooms, hardwoods can add a lot of warmth and charm to your bathroom. If you insist on using hardwood flooring in your bathroom, you must do so very carefully. Moisture wreaks havoc on hardwoods so they must be installed perfectly with no gaps and should be coated with a water resistant coating.
Another popular choice for bathrooms, vinyl is easy to install and available in sheets or tiles. Sheets are better than tiles from a hygienic standpoint since tiles allow for more seams which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. However, tiled vinyl is easier to install than sheet vinyl. Both options are stain and moisture resistant and easy to clean.