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Choosing Bathroom Flooring 2011/07/14

These are some rather unique conditions for the washroom area. Steam from showers or baths can literally coat the floor with a layer of moisture, and there are always accidental drips or spills from washing your hands or brushing your teeth. So what materials are good for withstanding this?
 
One option is hardwood floors. You may be asking yourself, how is wood a good option for such a damp area of the house? Won’t the wood warp and deteriorate? Well, yes and no. If left alone, hardwood floors aren’t the best choice for the bathroom. However, the beauty of this particular type of flooring is that, if you start to see water damage or just general wear and tear, you can refinish the floors. This will have them looking good as new. This can be a hassle, however, and is more high-maintenance than some of your other options.
 
Ceramic, linoleum or vinyl flooring are probably the most popular choices for bathroom flooring. Out of all the different bathroom flooring options, these are the easiest to maintain since they’re almost impervious to the moisture of the bathroom. Because of this, it really doesn’t require anything beyond the occasional mopping to be kept in great condition.
 
A somewhat greener option is either cork or bamboo flooring. These can have the look and feel of a hardwood floor without much of the maintenance. Unlike hardwood, bamboo and cork naturally repel mold, mildew, moisture and bacteria. In addition, they’re resistant to scratches and blemishes. Either of these options would make a great choice for a bathroom floor.
 
Glass tiling is also a great choice. It gives you a multitude of choices for flooring which easily surpasses wood, bamboo and cork, and possibly even vinyl and ceramic. The only danger to these is that, being glass, they’re more prone to cracking or breaking than the other options. However, in a place like the bathroom this isn’t really much of a concern. Like ceramic or vinyl flooring, they require little maintenance.
 
If you love the look of maple flooring and don’t mind the maintenance, hardwood’s your answer; if you just want to lay down something cheap and easy and not have to worry about it again, vinyl or linoleum might be more your style. The amount of options available can be staggering, but if you just make a list of what you want out of your flooring and compare it to this guide, you should be able to find your answer.
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