The bathroom floor must be different from that used in living rooms, bedrooms and even in the kitchen. There are various types of flooring that you can choose from when it comes to living spaces and bedrooms, but you can’t choose any flooring material like the bathroom floor.
Your bathroom floor should be sturdy, it should be able to withstand extreme temperatures, wear and, above all, it should be able to resist humidity and water. There are three challenges that your bathroom floor has to face and that the floor in other areas of the house doesn’t face: water, extreme weather and humidity. Because of these challenges, there are several attributes that your bathroom flooring material should possess.
First of all, you should think about the various types of floors you can choose. You have tiles, hardwood floors, natural flooring options like bamboo or cork, laminate or vinyl and natural stones like granite, marble or slate, among others.
Wood, bamboo, cork, laminate or vinyl are not the ideal flooring choices for your bathroom. There are specific reasons for this. First of all, none of these flooring options are hard enough, apart from hardwood. All these flooring materials are very sensitive to moisture damage. You cannot expect your bathroom floor to be a porous material or subject to water damage. Such materials will not only be damaged quickly, but would cause fundamental damage to your home and pose a threat to you and your family. The threat can be easily understood. Cork and bamboo can retain moisture and can become breeding grounds for bacteria and other microorganisms. Laminates can become slippery when there is water and you need non-slip floors for your bathrooms, which is a basic requirement. Wood reacts to extreme temperatures, it can’t help damaging the water, and vinyl isn’t just a very organic or desirable flooring option.
Natural stones such as granite or marble and tiles such as ceramic tiles are the best floors that can resist wear and tear in the bathroom. Natural stones are non-porous and hard enough to withstand all the traffic that a bathroom should bear. Ceramic tiles are good choices for bathroom floors, but the particular variety of ceramic tiles, known as porcelain stoneware, is an even better alternative. Ceramic or porcelain tiles can be equipped with non-slip features and this should also have the same meaning for your safety.
by Condredge Dole