Your bathroom floor must be waterproof, not just water-resistant, to prevent
water from reaching other parts of your home. The floor should be very durable
and especially resistant to stains and dirt. It should be easy to clean and
maintain, and have a high-traction surface to reduce slips and falls.
Vinyl floors continue to be the most popular choice for
bathrooms. Vinyl's high durability, excellent stain and soil resistance and
advanced finishes make it easy to clean and maintain. This material also
features many high-traction surface choices for safe footing. Vinyl also feels
warm to bare feet on cold days.
Before vinyl's popularity, ceramic tile was the
top choice for bathroom floors. Today, ceramic tile is back in favor for
several good reasons. Its durability is unmatched by any other type of
flooring, and it offers greater resistance to water, stains and soil. Ceramic
floors are easy to clean and need minimal maintenance. A variety of finishes
and raised patterns improve floor traction to help prevent slips and falls.
Laminate & Wood
Laminate and engineered wood flooring can
work well in most bathrooms (except those that are excessively damp). Both
offer high durability, good stain and soil resistance, low maintenance and
easy cleaning. To reduce safety concerns, choose a finish with good traction
when wet, and use properly secured area rugs or mats in strategic places to
guard against slips and falls.