Bathroom areas are among the most heavily trafficked rooms in any home. They’re subject to a lot of soiling, wear and tear, and most importantly, exposure to a lot of water and wetness. Bathrooms also bear the brunt of spills and exposure to cosmetic, body, beauty and cleaning products which means bathroom floors really need to be resilient and easy to clean as well as waterproof and stain resistant. Quite a lot to ask of a floor! Luckily, there are a number of great flooring options up to the task that don’t compromise on style & visual appeal either.Here are some of the best options:
Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular flooring options for bathrooms. Tiles definitely tick the durable and waterproof boxes for bathroom flooring must-haves and also offer stain-resistance – they’re classic, clean and come in an almost limitless range of shapes, patterns, colours and textures to suit any bathroom configuration and any style or design preference.
White bathroom tiles are the classic go-to and they do offer a clean and fresh look but they can be hard to keep clean. Slate grey coloured tiles or patterned tiles can be a stylish alternative.
DIY installation is not an option for most as tiling is difficult, skilled work especially when bathroom configurations are complex, involve inbuilt tiled shelving or other nooks. Installation costs can make tiles one of the more expensive flooring options for bathrooms. Smaller tiles are more labor intensive to install so choosing larger tiles will not only help lower your flooring costs but will also provide a greater sense of space – a big advantage for bathrooms that are on the smaller side. It is well worth considering a certified slip-resistant tile when choosing tiles for your bathroom as ceramic tiles can be very slippery when damp, wet or soapy and are a very hard surface to land on should a fall occur.
Bathroom tiles can be cold underfoot, especially in cold climates and during the winter months where other flooring options might be more appealing.
- Stain resistant
- Easy clean
Sheet vinyl flooring is a great option for bathrooms (and other wet areas) and it’s also the most affordable, hugely reducing your flooring and installation costs. Sheet vinyl is also incredibly durable, stain-resistant and waterproof making it a very practical choice when it comes to bathroom wear, tear, spills and wetness.
The felt or foam backing makes sheet vinyl a lot softer than tiles or timber too, which is a big plus when it comes to a wet area where slip-and-fall accidents can be common. Vinyl sheet flooring also comes in a huge range of styles, patterns and colours including high-quality stone, tile and timber look finishes. Patterned vinyl sheet flooring, including timeless black and white checkerboard designs are a great choice when it comes to keeping bathroom floors looking clean. Speaking of which, vinyl is one of the lowest-maintenance flooring options when it comes to cleaning and hygiene.
Environmentally Friendly Cork & Bamboo Flooring
- Environmentally friendly
- Water resistant
- Natural look
Cork and bamboo are both very sustainable flooring options that are kinder to the environment than other flooring options. Cork is a renewable resource. Unlike all other trees, the stripping of this bark does not kill the tree: it continues to grow more bark. Cork is also resistant to mold, mildew and water damage which makes it a great choice for the bathroom. Installation should be left to the professionals – a polyurethane topcoat will protect the floors from minor spills (the floor should be resealed every few years to protect against moisture). To prevent water seeping between gaps, it’s best to choose unfinished cork and finish the floor on-site.
Carpet One’s engineered cork flooring options come with a generous 25 year wear warranty and Microban Antibacterial Treatment.
Bamboo is sustainable and eco-friendly too. It’s easy on the budget compared to hardwood floors, costing as little as half the price. Bamboo is extremely durable and easy to install and adds a beautiful natural and ‘green’ timbered look and feel to bathroom spaces. Carpet One’s Voyager Bamboo flooring range has earned independent environmental certifications from both GECA (Green Environmental Choice Australia) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
- Scratch resistant
- Stain resistant
- Easy install
- Easy clean
Laminate is one of the best flooring choices for bathrooms scoring highly for affordability, style, durability as well as scratch, stain and water resistance. Carpet One’s Impressive Ultra Laminate is the most waterproof laminate flooring ever produced thanks to a unique water-repellent ‘HydroSeal’ coating.
Laminate also has the visual appeal of timbered flooring but at a much smaller price-tag and is more suitable for wet and high wear and tear areas. Being a floating floor, laminate is easy-install and can be installed efficiently and cost-effectively over most sub-floor types. As for cleaning and maintenance, Laminate flooring is among the lowest maintenance flooring types. Big ticks all round!