Choosing the ideal floor for your bathroom

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When you’re remodeling your bathroom and you’re searching for great design ideas, selecting the ideal flooring will be high on your list of priorities.  There are so many choices available and so many considerations.  Here are some pros and cons of popular bathroom floor options.

Vinyl Tiles

Pros: low cost, practical, easy to maintain, available in a variety of looks, and easy to install.

Cons:  does nothing to improve your home’s resale value and can be difficult to remove.

Laminate Flooring

Pros:  durable, easy to keep clean.

Cons:  Not moisture resistant.  If you are going to use it in a bathroom, use it in a powder room or guest bath that isn’t used regularly.

Linoleum Flooring

Pros:  affordable, easy to install, easy to clean.

Cons:  does nothing to improve your home’s resale value, not very durable.

Wood Flooring

Pros:  beautiful and increases your home’s value.

Cons:  not at all moisture resistant and really shouldn’t be used in bathrooms.  If you love the look of wood and absolutely must have it, then use it in a powder room where moisture is kept to a minimum.

Cork Flooring

Pros:  warm to the touch, cushiony and easy on your feet, available in a variety of colors, easy to install, naturally resistant to mold and mildew, and hypoallergenic.

Cons:  expensive and looks best when installed by a professional.

Stone Tiles (limestone, marble, granite, and slate)

Pros:  available in a very wide range of colors, designs, and textures; durable; aesthetically appealing and adds value to your home.

Cons:  freezing to the touch in winter, most stone requires some additional maintenance (special cleaners and periodic sealing).

Ceramic Tile

Pros:  wide range of colors and designs, durable, easy to clean, easy to maintain, inexpensive.

Cons:  freezing to the touch in winter, requires some maintenance (grout cleaning).

Porcelain Tile

Pros:  strong and durable, wide variety of colors and designs, easy to clean, and moisture resistant.  For those who want the wood floor look in their bathrooms, there are some lovely options for porcelain tiles that look like wood planks.

Cons:  freezing to the touch in winter, requires some maintenance (grout cleaning).

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