How to choose your bathroom flooring? With so many options to choose from, where do you start to consider what bathroom flooring is right for you? Here’s a quick guide to help you in your deliberations when choosing your bathroom flooring.
Things to considering when choosing your bathroom flooring
The purpose of bathroom flooring is primarily to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, inviting place to be for you and your family. Your bathroom flooring has to be fit for purpose and look good at the same time. When considering what type of flooring you want, you should consider what climate the flooring is going to be laid in. Bathrooms are, by definition, moisture rich spaces and your flooring will have to cope with excess moisture both in the air and from the sink, shower and bath. Make sure the bathroom flooring you choose can stand up to the rigors of this moisture rich environment and won’t need a lot of maintenance every year.
Consider the daily traffic flow on your bathroom flooring. The bathroom is the most visited room in the home, so your flooring choice has to be able to withstand constant weight bearing load every day. If you’re a family with young children, the daily traffic flow is going to be greater than someone living on their own, for instance, so some thought needs to taken in order to choose the right bathroom flooring that will suit your requirements.
Sure, there are some very inexpensive bathroom flooring vinyls on the market, but you’ve got to ask yourself about how durable they are. Are they going to stand up to the rigors of activity in the bathroom or are they going to fade, lose their adhesiveness, curl at the edges and need to be replaced within 18 months. Another consideration is to think about the laying of the bathroom flooring – are you going to be fitting it yourself, or are you going to get it professionally fitted? Some cheap vinyls are actually quite difficult to lay because they lack flexibility and their adhesive strength is pretty poor.
4. Time to be taken in maintenance
Some of the different types of bathroom flooring include stone and ceramic tiles, vinyls and laminates with a waterproof coating. However, some of the products will need more maintenance than others, so if you’re a busy family with time constraints, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is continually maintaining your bathroom floor!
Lastly, but probably most importantly, is consideration to the comfort factor! As stated earlier, the bathroom is the most used room in the house, so it’s important that it’s comfortable and welcoming. Stone and ceramic tiles look gorgeous, but they are cold to walk on and will make your entire bathroom feel cold in the winter months. Stone and ceramic tiles will act as a sponge to suck in all the available ambient heat, unless you put a barrier over them in the form of a thick rug. But who wants to put a rug down in the bathroom when you’ve paid a fortune for a beautiful new bathroom floor? Er, no-one, EVER!
One of the best choices in the comfort stakes is vinyl. It ticks all the boxes from a moisture, durability, low maintenance and comfort point of view. The range of vinyls is huge these days, covering all aspects of design and quality.
Why don’t you head over to your local flooring specialist who’ll help you choose your bathroom flooring. We are Winnens, leading flooring specialists based in Cheltenham. For more information please visit our website www.winnens.co.uk or call us on 01242 521661