Because most of today’s materials come in many styles, colors and designs, you have countless options for bathroom flooring. As an experienced remodeling company, we’re going to dedicate the next three blogs to choosing the essential elements of your bathroom remodel, starting with flooring.
Why the Right Flooring Is Essential
As we pointed out, many flooring materials come in various shapes, colors and patterns. However, choosing the right material will influence how you care for it and how long it lasts. It will also contribute to the cost of your flooring, as some options are more budget-friendly than others. Also, be sure to ask your remodeling company if they offer heated bathroom flooring.
Flooring Options and Their Pros & Cons
The most commonly discussed flooring options today are tile, vinyl, natural stone and wood. Depending on the space, style, budget and your family, you may want to go in one direction or another. Here are some pros and cons of each.
- Tile – Because of the incredible options for color and shape, tile remains the most common flooring choice for a bathroom remodel. Tile withstands water better than any other flooring material and when you choose the right tile, it isn’t slippery. Why doesn’t everyone choose it? Because it’s cold to stand on in the winter and it’s very hard. Some people also fear cracking or chips, and dislike cleaning grout.
- Vinyl – If you are looking at a more budget-friendly option, consider Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). It’s vastly different from the vinyl flooring you may have in your bathroom now. It comes in nearly as many colors and styles as tile, and there’s no grout to worry about. It withstands water just as well as tile. One negative is that it doesn’t have as high a resale value and won’t last as long.
- Natural Stone – If you’ve never considered natural stone for flooring, you may want to. You have countless options including travertine, slate and marble. Because each stone is unique, you’ll have one-of-a-kind floors. However, make sure you choose a stone that has an absorption rating of at least semi-vitreous or you’ll spend an exorbitant amount of time and money maintaining it, which can be a drawback to natural stone. Another is the fact that some stone is quite slippery if it’s not properly prepared for a wet environment.
- Wood – Any remodeling company will likely steer you away from wood flooring for any bathroom with a tub or shower. As you likely know, wood doesn’t do well when constantly exposed to water. However, if your bathroom remodel (or addition) is a secondary bathroom, you may want to consider wood, especially if adjoining rooms already have hardwood.
Contact G.M. Roth Design Remodeling Today
We’re more than just a remodeling company. We’re a design/build company with decades of experience remodeling bathrooms, kitchens and more throughout the greater Nashua area. Let us provide you with a free consultation via video, at your home or in our showroom. Call (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form today.