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Choosing the best flooring for your bathroom

Bathroom flooring needs to withstand water and high humidity while keeping slip resistance. Most homeowners prefer floors that are also easy to clean and maintain. The best flooring types for the bathroom are more than just functional.  They are also attractive and improve home decor. Consider features such as shape, colour, texture, and material when choosing flooring for bathrooms. Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular bathroom floor types available.

The Different Bathroom Flooring Options

Pro tip

Installing heating heaters underneath porcelain and ceramic tiles prevents them from getting cold.

Textured tiles help keep bathroom floors from getting slippery when wet.

Other Factors to Consider When Choosing Bathroom Floors

While material is a big factor, it’s not the only thing to consider when asking: what should I use for floors in the bathroom? Floor tile size also plays a part in the overall look of the room. Smaller 12-in square tiles (12 x 12 in) look fantastic in small spaces and 12 x 24-in tiles are ideal for mid-sized bathrooms. These rectangular tiles are popular because of their unique look. When using wood on bathroom floors, the options start with planks measuring 24 x 4 in. Large wood flooring units are also available in planks as wide as 12 inches.

While the family bath area needs waterproof (or water-resistant) flooring, the floor of the powder room does not have to use such impermeable materials. Therefore, wood flooring is a popular choice for powder rooms. 

Family bathrooms used by young children need hard-wearing floors that can survive regular splashes and pools of water. Just like bathrooms meant for elderly family members, these floors should also have excellent slip resistance and preferably feel soft underfoot. Bathroom floors with these qualities help prevent, and reduce the impact, of accidental falls.

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