Choosing your ideal bathroom flooring
Posted on 7th October 2014
Refurbishing or renovating is a great way for homeowners and landlords to add value to properties and improve the quality of the living environment. The bathroom is an important room in the house and the market today provides many choices in bathroom designs and bathroom flooring trends.
As tempting as it may be to make a choice based solely on style, there are still many other points to consider. The choice you make will have to accommodate your style of living and your family. If you have pets and young children, you will need to prioritise the durability of the flooring material to prevent stains and scratches. For those of you with busy lifestyles, the level of maintenance required will be an important point to consider. Before making any decisions on your bathroom flooring, it is important to first figure out how much you are willing to spend. There will always be limitations, but despite this, you’ll still be left with choices. To help, here a few examples of trends in bathroom flooring that are featuring at the moment.
Ceramic tiles are ideal for bathroom flooring. The glazed version makes the tiles resistant to water and scratches, protects it from stains and provides traction. The tiles are very easy to clean; and come in various shapes, patterns and finishes, so the style options are numerous. Ceramic tiles are also affordable and very durable due to their hardness. However ceramic tiles do not retain much heat so they can become very cold, especially in winter. If possible, heated floors should be considered.
Natural stone encompasses slate, granite, travertine and marble. This option is very durable due to its hardness and weight; however, this means that natural stone flooring requires a stronger sub floor than other flooring options. A natural stone design does not provide the best traction and scratches and stains quite easily. Therefore natural stone flooring requires greater care and maintenance. Despite its’ setbacks, natural stone flooring is a desired and sophisticated interior design and as a result, it is one of the more expensive types of flooring.
Installation of laminate flooring is fast and easy, as it can be placed on several types of sub floors – even on top of tiles. It is very easy to clean and maintain as well. Currently there are many variations and patterns available, and you can replicate the look of wood and stone at a much more affordable cost. The one thing to look out for is damage caused by water seepage. On the surface laminate flooring is water resistant, but this protection does not extend to the floor underneath the laminate.
Choosing your ideal bathroom flooring can be a stressful task. It is difficult to find the perfect floor that is both in keeping with the current trends in interior designs, yet affordable and practical at the same time. Ceramic tiling, natural stone and laminate flooring are just a examples that are trending at the moment. To ensure you are making the right decision for your home, speak to a professional for advice. We at Russdales are always ready to help.
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