Are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of choices available in bathroom floor tile? Well, worry no more! We’ve got you covered with five great tips, and a few excellent choices, to help get you started.
When thinking about choosing bathroom floor tile, you’ll need to take into account five things:
Before you make a decision about the size of your tile, consider the size of your bathroom. Very large tiles can dwarf a small bathroom making it feel even smaller. Your best alternative would be to choose small to medium size tiles which would work well in most bathroom sizes.
Bathrooms tend to be very damp and wet places, which means whatever material you choose, you’ll need to consider moisture. Some materials are water-resistant, but they aren’t waterproof. Germs can grow quickly in certain types of materials if not sealed or cared for properly.
Certain materials require very little maintenance, while others require more. If you’re considering natural stone as an option for a bathroom floor tile, keep in mind it will require more care and maintenance, with regular sealing and cleaning than other types of materials.
While you may not think of comfort as something to consider when you’re making a decision about floor tile, you should. Natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles can be very cold to step on. After you’ve installed the flooring, you may wonder why you didn’t think of it before making your choice during the planning and decision making stage.
Something you’ll also need to consider before making your selection is your budget. Bathroom floor tiles are available in a wide variety of price points. Some materials like vinyl are extremely affordable, and others like natural stone are very expensive.
Let’s take a look at a few bathroom tile options:
Ceramic tile tends to be everyone’s first selection when choosing bathroom floor tiles. It’s available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and patterns.
Unlike ceramic wall tile, ceramic floor tile is designed with more texture to prevent slipping. It’s an extremely easy to maintain material that’s durable and hygienic. But it does have some minor drawbacks. It can be slightly challenging to install in comparison to other types of materials, and can be very cold to step on.
Natural stone floor tiles are usually honed or sandblasted for traction to prevent slipping when wet. It’s a very durable material that’s available in a variety of color options and sizes.
Natural stone is a beautiful choice in any bathroom, but it’s expensive and requires more maintenance than other types of materials. It will need to be sealed to prevent staining, and will require regular upkeep and cleaning.
Laminate and Vinyl:
Laminate and vinyl flooring are also great alternatives to ceramic and natural stone. Laminate flooring is very durable and easy to clean. Unlike other types of materials, moisture can be a real issue with laminate flooring in the bathroom. Standing pools of water on its surface can cause laminate flooring to buckle and warp if not tended to right away.
Vinyl flooring is a very popular pick for bathroom floors. It’s available in sheets or tile sizes. It’s an extremely affordable material, it’s easy to install and clean, and it resists stains and moisture. If you’re looking for a material that will offer comfort, durability, and safety, vinyl flooring is an excellent option.
While we’ve only scratched the surface with the many options available in bathroom flooring materials, we hope these great tips have armed you with a little more information to make your next remodel feel less stressful and overwhelming.