Carpet Roll

April 26, 2019

You’ve just spent days deciding on what floor type you wanted for your house, who knew that it would be so exhausting?

From choosing a flooring type that was durable and comfortable, to finding a style and design that matched your home’s interior, there is a lot of things to consider while going through a bathroom renovation.

What about the bathroom?



Life would be so much easier if we could just use the same floor type that we chose for the rest of the house, but if you had chosen carpet, that wouldn’t work out very well.

With this in mind, when it comes to choosing your bathroom flooring one of the biggest concerns is how well can it handle moisture? Although certain materials are ‘water resistant’, how much water can it really handle?

To make this whole process easier so you can get back to relaxing, we have come up with the top 5 best flooring options available.

Ceramic and Porcelain tile

Look no further because you’ve just found the perfect option. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are arguably the most ideal bathroom flooring type available, as it is waterproof, extremely durable and versatile, and best of all, its affordable!

You can finally achieve that natural stone look you’ve always wanted with its rich and textured finish for half the cost.

Zero.3 by Panaria Ceramica

PROS

  • Endless design options
  • Highly customisable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Extremely durable
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Complex patterns can be harder to install
  • Feels hard and cold underfoot (consider radiant floor heating)
  • Can be slippery (can be remedied with texturing or grout)

Vinyl Sheet or Luxury Vinyl (LVT/LVP)

Indulge in a little bit of luxury in your bathroom with LVT and LVP. It is a cheap and effective way of creating that high-end look for a fraction of the price.

You can finally achieve that beautiful hardwood finish or natural stone look you’ve always wanted with luxury vinyl planks and luxury vinyl tile.

Luxury vinyl also feels soft and warm underfoot, allowing you to enjoy all the aesthetic benefits you’ve always dreamed of, whilst being extremely comfortable.

A huge benefit of vinyl flooring is that it can be installed on top of your existing flooring, which makes it a great option when renovating.

However, if you read between the lines, LVT and LVP aren’t all they seam. Unfortunately, seams are floor killers in the bathroom, where moisture and water can get in and destroy your flooring.

This is why sheet vinyl is recommended for your bathroom, as it is one sheet without any seams.

Coventry by Flooring Distributors of Australia

PROS

  • Water resistant
  • Highly customisable
  • Achieve a luxe finish at an affordable price
  • Comfortable underfoot
  • Easily replace damaged tile/plank
  • Can be installed over existing flooring

CONS

  • Prone to moisture if installed incorrectly
  • Sheet vinyl is difficult to DIY install


Natural Stone Tiles

Natural stone is by far one of the most alluring and aesthetically pleasing flooring options for your bathroom – if you can afford it.

Natural stone tiles exude luxury and can be found in most high-end hotels in marble, travertine, granite, and slate.

Once you’ve chosen the type of stone, you then have the option of choosing from various textures including etched, sandblasted, and tumbled.

Being a stone, it is highly durable and is made to last, so consider it as a long-term investment that will add value to your home.

Infinito Calcatta White – Marble

PROS

  • Choose from a wide variety of stone
  • Customise the texture to create an individual look
  • Extremely durable
  • Luxurious

CONS

  • Cold and hard underfoot (consider radiant floor heating)
  • Higher maintenance
  • Requires regular cleaning and sealing
  • Expensive

Engineered Hardwood

Who said you couldn’t have hardwood flooring in the bathroom? Thanks to advancements in technology, you are now able to with engineered hardwood.

Engineered hardwood is made from multiple layers of wood stacked on top of each other and positioned in different directions. It begins with a layer of natural wood, 5 to 7 layers of plywood, and then finishing with a final layer of natural wood.

This construction method makes engineered hardwood resistant to warping and bowing the way hardwood flooring might in moist areas like your bathroom.

PROS

  • Made from real wood
  • Withstand moisture
  • Huge range of colours, designs and species of wood
  • Can be installed over existing floor

CONS

  • It may be water resistant, but not waterproof
  • Expensive
  • Can be tough to repair damaged sections
  • Must be resealed


Laminate

You probably blinked twice and scratched your head in confusion after reading laminate, we don’t blame you. Surprisingly, laminate flooring is a better flooring choice for your bathroom than solid hardwood, and a lot cheaper.

The beauty of laminate lies within its limitless choices of design, as it is just a photographed image applied atop of a wood chip base.

Styles can include cherry, oak, cedar, slate, marble, or any other wood and stone patterns you can think of. It is then sealed with a clear coat to protect your flooring from moisture and water.

If you have chosen to go with laminate, ensure that your boards are sealed tightly; any water that passes through will cause your boards to bubble and expand.

PROS

  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable
  • Wide selection of designs
  • Water resistant

CONS

  • Not waterproof
  • Cannot be refinished
  • Must be replaced if damaged
  • Can be slippery

Can’t make a decision?

We understand that choosing a floor type that best fits your bathroom aesthetically and practically is an overwhelming task. You may really love the look of natural stone but it’s a little out of your price range, or you can’t decide between 3 different porcelain tile designs.

If you are in the process of looking for new flooring and have all these unanswered questions, our friendly staff at Jupps has the answers you seek. You can contact our team or head into one of our boutiques and they will be happy to assist.