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The Best and Worst Flooring for the Bathroom

Residential flooring has certainly come a long way from the days of avocado green shag pile carpet and faux brick linoleum.  However, with so many options available it can be hard to decide on the right flooring for your space, particularly in the bathroom.  You want something that will complement your décor and hold up under the unique demands of a wet and humid atmosphere, aggravated by the high level of heating usually found in the room. Best and Worst Bathroom Floors

Here we have rated some of the most common types of residential flooring, starting with the worst and building up to the best for bathrooms and other damp spaces.

10.  Carpet

Not only is a carpet in the bathroom virtually impossible to keep clean.  Even worse, it will collect condensation and moisture down to the padding.  Thanks to a combination of moisture and heating, mold and mildew will thrive, making your floor constantly damp and giving the whole room a dank, musty smell.

9.  Solid Wood

Solid wood flooring might look fantastic, but it is never recommended for bathrooms.  Parquet and tongue and groove floors are particularly ill suited for a damp bathroom; excess moisture will eventually cause the wood to warp and crack.

8.  Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring that has glued-in seams is actually not a bad choice for a bathroom, as the glue prevents water from getting into the cracks between floorboards.  Some laminate, however, simply locks into place; you don’t want this in your bathroom.  Water can seep into the seams, causing the under layer of the floor to blister and warp.

7.  Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is better than laminate, because its base is made of sturdier plywood, which resists more water.  You probably would not want to install engineered wood in a frequently used bathroom with a shower, but for a guest powder room or half-bath it’s not a bad choice.

6.  Linoleum Tile

Linoleum is an oil-based material, so it will repel water much better than hardwood or laminate.  However, linoleum tile does have seams where moisture can seep in and cause warping or separation.

5.  Sheet Linoleum

No seam means you will get the benefits of water-resistant linoleum without the problems of individual tiles.

4.  Vinyl Tile

Simple to install and made from waterproof plastic, vinyl tile is a good choice for bathrooms.  You do, however, still run into some potential problems because of the seams between tiles and there is really no way to seal them against moisture.

3.  Ceramic or Stone Tile

Ceramic or stone tiles are an excellent choice for showers, pools and bathtubs.  They are durable, water-resistant and look great.  Grout seals the seams from moisture; some tiles and grout are available that are designed to repel water.

2.  Sheet Vinyl

This is perhaps the best choice for a heavily used bathroom.  You get all the durability of vinyl flooring without those troublesome seam issues.

1.  Concrete

If you are reading this and picturing a bathroom floor that looks a lot like your driveway, hold that thought.  Today, concrete flooring is an increasingly popular choice, because it’s durable, can be sealed against water and is available in a variety of colors and tints.

 

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(5) Comments

  1. Flame Retardant December 30th, 2011 at 10:18 am


    I have been searching for this information and finally found it. Thanks!

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  2. heart pine San Antonio February 2nd, 2012 at 3:46 am


    Concrete floors may be the best option for bathroom flooring next to tiles. It requires little maintenance, resists moisture and stains, and also minimizes allergens. However, the only drawback of concrete flooring is that it requires occasional sealing.

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  3. Kevin April 13th, 2012 at 11:15 am


    This is so informative. I never knew deciding on the flooring material for the bathroom can be so complicated. Great to have found this article. Thanks again.

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  4. Stone Supplier October 31st, 2012 at 7:27 am


    Concrete flooring the best for bathrooms. Because of its durability and availability in variety of colors I have installed it in my bathroom.

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  5. Lukas March 7th, 2014 at 5:45 am


    I believe that all of flooring types have pluses and minuses, but for bathroom… I would suggest only concrete flooring, because bathroom is most humid place at house, and for that reason concrete is the best solution. It not only lasts for a long time, but also is relatively cheap and looks great. I can even suggest you a company, which made floor at my house, I am so happy about their job.

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