Are you trying to choose the perfect flooring material for your bathroom remodel? It can get overwhelming quickly because there are so many options available. Thankfully, when it comes to bathroom flooring, it’s pretty simple to narrow it down.
Choose bathroom flooring that is moisture resistant, durable and easy to clean. Your bathroom is used numerous times a day, so choose a material that can withstand constant foot traffic. While wood, carpet, natural stone, or concrete might work great for other areas, they’re not the best choice for the bathroom. We recommend three flooring options for your Waukesha bathroom remodel.
Let’s look at these three options to see how they compare and help you choose the best option.
Option #1: Tile
Why choose tile for your bathroom floor? Tile is an incredibly versatile, beautiful and durable material. Tile has long been a popular favorite for the bathroom, and there’s a good reason for that.
There are several different types of tiles, including:
- Porcelain Tile
- Ceramic Tile
- Glass Tile
- Concrete Tile
- Natural Stone – Travertine, Slate, etc.
- Quarry Stone
Ceramic and porcelain are the most common, thanks to their cost-effectiveness and general return on investment (ROI). In fact, ceramic tiles have an average ROI of around 70%! Tiles are incredibly low maintenance and water-resistant, making them an exceptional choice for the bathroom.
Tile is also a great choice if you want to install radiant floor heating. Heated flooring systems require thick floors that are great thermal conductors. They also require a floor to be relatively impervious to water and heat damage. For all these reasons, tile and natural stone are generally the only options for heated flooring systems. Since natural stone doesn’t fare so well in the wet bathroom environment, tiles become the best option for heated flooring systems in the bathroom.
Option #2: Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) or Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
If you love the look of rich hardwood floors, then luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is a great choice for your bathroom. You can get the look of wood or tile, but in a waterproof version and a fraction of the cost. It’s also scratch resistant and very easy to clean.
If you are on a budget, LVP is a great choice. It’s more cost effective than tile and installation is faster and easier, which also saves you money.
One advantage of LVP is the durability. It won’t crack or chip, making it a great option if you have children or pets. Luxury vinyl plank is manufactured from PVC and is higher-quality than sheet vinyl.
Luxury vinyl plank is a great material if you want a material like wood or natural stone for your bathroom flooring without the headache. Many colors and patterns are available to meet the design style of your Waukesha home.
Option #3: Sheet Vinyl
You’re likely already familiar with vinyl floors. They were first manufactured in the 1920s from synthetic materials. Sheet vinyl is exactly what it sounds like it is. It’s vinyl that’s rolled out in sheet form. It’s incredibly cost effective.
Sheet vinyl is completely waterproof and comes in an array of styles. Whether you like tile, wood-look, marble, stone or slate, you can find a pattern that works for your bathroom style. It comes in a sheet and is easy to install with glue. When well-maintained and adequately cleaned, sheet vinyl floors can last between ten and twenty years.
The most significant downside to sheet vinyl is that it can be challenging to repair. In the case of damage, you will most likely have to replace the whole floor.
Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Bathroom
What type of flooring is best for your Waukesha bathroom remodel? If you want heated floors or a more luxurious bathroom design, go with ceramic or porcelain tiles. If you want the cheapest option, go with sheet vinyl. If you want your flooring to look like another material, like hardwood, go with luxury vinyl plank.
If you’re still unsure which is right for your project, be sure to ask your Kowalske designer for some advice. We can help guide you in the right direction. Schedule your free consultation today.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Construction Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings and turn houses into homes.