Monday, November 11, 2013

Top Choices in Bathroom Flooring

Though most people choose flooring based solely on looks, it's important to keep in mind that your bathroom floor must be able to withstand moisture, high temperatures and humidity. If your bathroom's remodel calls for new floors, here are some options to consider.

Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is the material used in most bathrooms because its water-resistance. The tiles are available in a vast variety of colors and patterns and you can take your creativity to another level with colored grouts and install them in patterns that give a customized look. Tiles with a textured surface help keep floors from being slippery underfoot, and grout can be sealed for ease of cleaning. One thing to keep in mind is that ceramic tiles can be cold to the touch however in-floor heat can put a permanent end to cold feet. Electric in-floor heating, also known as radiant heat, is most commonly used in bathroom remodels. A thin mat is installed on the sub floor, which is then covered in self-leveling cement. You can do the area right in front of the vanity where you stand in the morning or right in front of the shower. Kruse Home Improvement has installed electric radiant heating for some of our customers. Contact us for more information.
Photo taken from KHI Gallery
Porcelain, glass, granite and travertine tiles can also be used in bathroom flooring. These are more expensive than ceramic, but can be arranged in an infinite number of patterns. Porcelain and stone have color that goes all the way through the tile, so chips are less obvious. The main drawback to granite is that it can be extremely slippery when wet so it is often combined with limestone tiles or a wood inlay for added safety.
Although ceramic tiles are durable and hygienic, you need to pay attention to the porosity rating; it's critical in a space such as a bathroom that it’s moisture-proof. The porosity classifications range from impervious (the least absorbent) to vitreous, semi-vitreous and, finally, non-vitreous (the most absorbent).

Laminate: If you like the look of wood but want a floor that can withstand damp towels and frequent moisture, laminate treated with water repellent is the way to go. Laminate is factory-finished, and it can be put in over an existing floor, making installation a snap. While laminate can look like real wood, it lacks the warmth typically associated with natural wood, and it can be noisy. On the plus side, it's durable and easy to clean, making it a logical choice for many bathrooms.
Photo taken from KHI Gallery
Hardwood: Even hardwood floors can be a viable option in the bathroom if they're finished to be water resistant. A few good coats of clear gloss sealant will keep it watertight.  Part of hardwood flooring's charm is that it lends a sense of warmth to your bathroom. Plus, if hardwood is your flooring of choice throughout the rest of the house, you'll create a congruent look. Hardwood floors can be stained or painted to complement the rest of the room's decor.
Natural Stone: Stone is easy to care for and durable, but it does require a strong subfloor. It can be slippery when wet, especially in a polished form. When used for flooring, stone can be honed (ground flat but not polished) or textured (by sandblasting). Unpolished forms may require a sealant to prevent stains and it may be wise to keep a pair of slippers handy as it tends to be cold underfoot.
Vinyl: Vinyl comes in sheets or tiles. For a budget bathroom remodel, sheet vinyl is a good bet. It's easy to install and is available in a wide array of colors and patterns. Sheet vinyl comes in rolls that are 6- or 12-feet wide, providing a seamless look. Vinyl tiles, on the other hand, are typically 12 to 18 inches square and come in a variety of different patterns. Tiles are usually easy to install, and it's simple to replace just one, if need be. Adrawback to vinyl floors is that the edges can curl, and peel-and-stick vinyl tiles aren't recommended for the baths because water may seep between the tiles and damage the sub-floor.  Vinyl is easy to clean and effectively resists stains and moisture.
For more information on bathroom flooring call Kruse Home Improvement at 860-877-0775.


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