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Choosing the Right Bathroom Flooring

We know you want your bathroom to look good, but you have to consider more than just aesthetics and personal style preferences when choosing the right bathroom flooring.

It’s important to ask yourself  a number of questions during the buying process, such as:

  • Will the floor stain easily?
  • Is the flooring resistant and impervious to water?
  • Is it safe when walking across with wet feet?
  • Will the floor last for many, many years?

Taking into account these questions – York&Young offer our take on the various, suitable options for bathroom flooring.

Carpet

Yep, at first glace you make think otherwise. A soggy carpet likely to soak up water doesn’t seem too attractive. However, a water, mildew and stain-resistant carpet can prove to be a wise bathroom flooring solution, especially since there are endless options for choosing colours and patterns. A carpet is also softer on your feet, just make sure the carpet has sufficient backing otherwise water may find its way round the carpet.

Laminate

Created as a result of bonding materials such as melamine resin and fiber board together, the surface of a laminate plank is a photographic image printed onto a thin decorative layer. This layer is then protected by what is known as a ‘wear’ layer, making the flooring durable and easy to clean, and therefore logical choice for your bathroom.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic floor tiles are designed to prevent slippage, as a result of a texture that is applied during the manufacturing process. The tiles are usually 1/2 inch to 3/4 inches thick and range in size, from around 4×4 inches to 2-square-feet. The tiles aren’t just available in squares – other shapes are available, such as hexagons.

These types of tiles are available in various colours and pattens, so as well as being long-lasting, durable and hygienic, they can compliment the rest of your bathroom design suitably.

 Vinyl

One of the most popular bathroom flooring solutions, vinyl is available in the form of sheets or tiles. Vinyl is easy to clean and resist stains and moisture effectively.

The sheets come in roles, usually 6 or 12 feet wide, whereas the tiles are generally 12 to 18 square inches in size. The latter is ideal for different patterns but there are gaps in between each tile that are prone to inhabit germs. For a more seamless look, sheets are the better option.

Hardwood

If water resistant, a hardwood flooring could make an excellent choice. Boasting real character, a hardwood flooring could transform a dull looking bathroom into something bold and interesting.

Natural Stone

Natural stone floorings may be cold to touch, but the stunning look they offer reflects quality and sophistication. And combined with their durability and ability to last for years and years, they make an astute choice. They’re usually available as 12-inch (or larger) square tiles, and come in different finishes – such as polished, ‘ground flat’ (but not polished), or ‘textured’. The latter tiles are rougher and make a great alternative to polished tiles if you are concerned that the titles will be slippery when wet. Natural stone titles can be quite expensive mind, so if your budget isn’t particularly large, ceramic or vinyl tiles offer a more affordable solution.