While your flooring choices are more straightforward in a living room, you have several options to choose from when it comes to installing a new bathroom floor. Tiles are the most common, given their resistance to water and beauty, but you could even install a concrete or a cork floor if you prefer! Here, we break down 7 different types of bathroom flooring for you that is perfect for your bathroom flooring.
1. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is a more affordable option than natural stone tiles. They are also quite water-resistant and incredibly versatile, too, given that they can come in essentially any shape or color. As with stone tiles, ceramic ones can get a bit cold and slippery sometimes.
2. Stone Tile
Given their natural resistance to water, natural stone tiles like marble or granite are an excellent flooring choice for a saturation-prone space like a bathroom. But the material is quite expensive and it does get cold and slippery. Place a floor rug if you can easily get cold feet.
3. Glass Mosaic Tile
Though you might be more familiar with glass mosaic tiles in your shower or as a backsplash in your kitchen, you can use them as flooring in your bathroom. Just keep in mind that they can get scratched and become dull if dirt or debris scuffs them, so keep your floors clean at all times!
On the durability scale, especially when it comes to water resistance, concrete flooring ranks highly. Water can’t damage concrete, making it an ideal choice for a bathroom floor. As with tiles, concrete floors work well with radiant heating to keep your toes toasty.
You might not think that cork would work in a damp environment such as a bathroom, given its porous surface. But if you do decide to go with the eco-friendly material, you’ll need to finish it with a water-resistant coating to ensure a long lifespan. But the pros to a cork floor are comfort and sustainability (it’s a renewable resource).
Made primarily of linseed oil, tree resin, and wood flour, among other natural ingredients, linoleum is a worthy option for bathroom floors. The material has naturally occurring antimicrobial elements that help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which are unfortunately all too common in bathrooms.
7. Engineered Bamboo
Like hardwoods, bamboo (which is actually a grass and not a tree!) isn’t the most durable material in wet, humid environments, but it can be altered to be more water-resistant. For engineered bamboo floors, a sliver of bamboo is inserted between layers of water-resistant resin, all of which is then affixed to a piece of plywood for stability.