Best Bathroom Flooring: Six Materials to Consider
Choosing new flooring is one of the most exciting parts of your bathroom renovation. But with so many bathroom flooring choices, it can be hard to narrow down your selection. Here at MLM Incorporated, we primarily use six different materials for new bathroom floors depending on customer needs, preference, and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each.
Its low cost and high durability make vinyl one of the most enduring choices for bathroom floors, particularly for those on a budget. Although it starts at about $1 per square foot, vinyl comes in an incredible range of finishes and colors that can create almost any decor effect you desire. It’s also safe, feels comfortable underfoot, and stands up to moisture and wear.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
Like vinyl, ceramic and porcelain tiles look great for years when used in the bathroom, and require little special care or maintenance. While prices can range into $20 per square foot, affordable tiles (less than $5 per square foot) are prevalent. Keep in mind that it can feel cold on the feet, though some homeowners who choose this type of bathroom flooring opt for radiant heating.
For homeowners who want a lavish bathroom and don’t mind a higher cost and regular maintenance, stone is a trending option. Limestone, marble, granite, and slate tiles are available in many colors and finishes. This type of floor requires regular sealing to protect from the moisture level in the bathroom.
If you love the look of wood, opt for linoleum in the bathroom. Wood floors are easily damaged by moisture, while linoleum planks are virtually indistinguishable from hardwood and resist mold and microbe growth. Prices start around $4 per square foot.
An eco-friendly option, cork tiles cost around $2 per square foot and are becoming a popular choice for the bathroom because they feel soft and warm to the touch. They are also waterproof when sealed with polyurethane.
This trending choice is ideal for those who want to make their bathroom a dramatic retreat. It holds up relatively well and can be slip-resistant if you choose a textured finish, but can be pricier than other options. When you’re ready to embark on your bathroom renovation, the professional, experienced designers at MLM can guide you every step of the way.