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Flooring is an important consideration when you’re designing a bathroom, but it’s not always an easy one. When choosing a bathroom flooring material, you have to consider safety, cost, maintenance and aesthetic, and each type of flooring has its pros and cons.
Here’s what you need to know about the various types of bathroom flooring.
Marble is an increasingly popular material for bathroom flooring. It can make even the smallest bathrooms look grand.
The quality of marble varies hugely, so a lot depends on what kind of marble you buy. You’ll notice the difference if you get the high-grade stuff, but you can expect to pay a lot more for it.
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Vinyl flooring is cheap, easy to maintain and durable. Replacing it can be a pain, but vinyl is one of the best bathroom flooring options if you’re on a budget.
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Bamboo is an unusual choice of bathroom flooring. Its distinctive, stylish appearance gives it a unique appeal for many homeowners.
Practically, though, bamboo has its problems. So unless you’re really in love with the look, it’s not the best flooring for your bathroom.
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Cork is becoming an increasingly popular choice of bathroom floor material, largely because it’s an eco-friendly alternative to the likes of vinyl.
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Standard laminate flooring isn’t suitable for bathrooms, because it warps if it comes in regular contact with water.
However, you can get special bathroom laminate. As long you wipe away any puddles, this can be used in a bathroom without any problems.
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Carpeted isn’t the most fashionable bathroom flooring material, but it has its benefits.
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There are two types of porcelain flooring tiles: glazed and unglazed.
Although you don’t need to seal glazed tiles when you install them, they can easily become chipped or damaged. They’re also slippery. You can get a wider range of glazed tiles, making them more versatile in terms of fitting with particular bathroom designs.
Unglazed tiles, although safer and less likely to get damaged, take a lot more effort to install. You need to seal and grout them. If this isn’t done properly, there’s a good chance of the floor underneath being damaged by water. You also need to reseal them every few years; over time, the water will wear away the sealant.
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Ceramic is by some distance the most popular type of bathroom flooring. Although porcelain is a type of ceramic, the two are generally considered separate, and “ceramic” refers to ceramic tiles that aren’t made of porcelain.
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