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Bathroom Flooring Guide

Bathroom Flooring Guide

For your bathroom you’ll need the flooring to be hard-wearing, waterproof, non-slip and easy to maintain. Obviously, it’s one of the most widely used rooms in the home and it needs to be able to withstand all kinds of daily tests, such as temperature changes and water spillages.

Here we walk about the options available to you to help you decide which flooring material will suit your home best.

Vinyl flooring

Bathroom vinyl flooring remains one of the most popular options for homeowners looking to refresh their bathroom. It’s the ideal solution for the space, as it has non-slip qualities, is hardwearing and durable, easy to install, and there is a vast range of styles and finishes to choose from.

And while you may expect it to cost a lot due to the many benefits it offers, vinyl flooring is also one of the most affordable flooring choices around. You’ll enjoy a seamless finish without any joins if you opt for textured or embossed vinyl, which also increases the non-slip properties – an important consideration if kids or elderly people will be using the bathroom. 

Vinyl flooring for bathrooms is available in a range of different styles, so whatever look your trying to achieve it should be easy to find the right one to suit your tastes. There are near-realistic wood and stone designs, with vinyl planks and tiles that look just like the genuine thing. So, while costs are low, quality is still high, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to complementing your existing décor.

Many people opt for vinyl flooring as an affordable alternative to real wooden floors. Not only can wood be more expensive, but it can also be harder to maintain after installation, which adds to the overall expense. Wood effect vinyl flooring offers a fantastic alternative that looks great in the bathroom, with both light and dark tones offsetting lighter fittings to brighten up the space and transform it into something truly special.

Benefits of vinyl flooring

·         A high quality yet affordable flooring option which is flexible enough to suit most budgets

·         Variety of style choices so it’s easy to find the right pattern, colour, and tone you need

·         Vinyl flooring is completely waterproof which is ideal for bathrooms

·         Easy installation is guaranteed with vinyl flooring and maintenance needs are also low

·         There are varying degrees of slip resistance available to suit your usage requirements

LVT flooring

Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are another great choice for bathrooms, giving you the look and feel of real wood or stone at a lower price and far less maintenance. Not only do they help to transform the room, but they are incredibly easy to install, slotting together to produce a fantastic finish. Compared to other non-natural flooring styles, LVT is a little more expensive but more than worth it once you see the finished results, as it mimics wood and stone styles to perfection.

LVT is durable and reliable once installed and can stand up to the requirements of daily bathroom usage. While the material is not completely waterproof it does offer high levels of water resistance and has non-slip qualities. That said, it can handle the usual moisture and temperatures changes that occur in the bathroom, while also being very easy to clean and maintain.

Benefits of LVT

·         Luxury vinyl tiles are extremely hardwearing and durable, which is ideal for bathrooms

·         The material copes very well with moisture and temperature changes over long periods

·         There are a variety of styles to choose from, including realistic stone and wood-style finishes

·         It’s a more affordable option compared to timber and real stone installations

·         Once installed, LVT do not require much maintenance beyond sweeping and mopping

Laminate flooring

If you have hardwood on your mind for the bathroom, you may want to consider using laminate instead. Water-resistant laminate can still give you that luxurious look you want, without having to spend a fortune to achieve it. The simple click-and-fit system makes it very easy to lay, which reduces installation times.

Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of styles, colours, tones, and patterns, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Many people go for the wood finish which looks just like real timber, and it is perfectly suited to underfloor heating systems. Underfoot it feels warm and lightly cushioned, which are important things to consider for use all year round. It’s the perfect fit for family bathrooms and while it is not fully waterproof, laminate flooring does cope well with moisture and heat changes in the room.

Benefits of laminate flooring

·         Laminate flooring is incredibly durable which is ideal for families with young children

·         The material is comfortable and warm underfoot so cold winter mornings are easier to bare

·         Whether it’s stone or wood, laminate can mimic it almost perfectly, and it looks amazing

·         Cleaning is a doddle with laminate bathroom flooring, with no waxing required

·         Water-resistant laminate is easy to install thanks to its click-and-fit system