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An Essential Guide to Bathroom Flooring

When choosing suitable flooring for your bathroom, there is more to consider than personal styling as some very specific factors come into play: Is your choice of bathroom flooring impervious to water? Will it stain easily? Is it safe when wet and easy to clean? 

Drench offer an extensive range of practical and stylish bathroom flooring options that can be comfortably installed in your bathroom without compromising style, practicality or quality. With a sensible maintenance routine there is no reason you can’t create the stylish and relaxing design that is also practical. So let’s take a look at each type of bathroom flooring and how it can be used to great effect.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic floor tiling differs from, say, wall tiles in that it’s design incorporates a textured surface to create a safer non-lip surface; they tend to be ½ an inch to ¾ inches thick and are available in an extensive range of colours, patterns and sizes, and therefore are ideal for bathroom flooring, being both durable and hygienic. However, it is important to pay particular attention to the porosity rating of ceramic tiles; since it is vitally important in a space such as a bathroom to have flooring that is moisture-proof. Look for the porosity classifications, which range from impervious (the least absorbent) to vitreous, semi-vitreous and, finally, non-vitreous (the most absorbent).

Laminate Bathroom Flooring

Laminate bathroom flooring is made from layers of resin, wood fibre and Kraft paper bonded together for great strength; this is then compacted under high pressure to create the final product which is then moulded into planks. The surface of laminate flooring is actually a photographic image printed onto a thin decorative paper, coated with a protective layer resulting in a realistic attractive appearance. These attributes give laminate flooring its durability and make it easy to clean and a great choice for the modern bathroom.

Natural Stone

Natural stone flooring is highly durable and easy to care for, but does require a strong subfloor. Natural stone flooring can be slippery when wet, especially in a polished form; to counter this the stone can be honed (ground flat rather than polished), or it can be textured by sandblasting, both provide the added grip underfoot when wet. It is worth bearing in mind that unpolished forms may require a sealant to prevent stains, and additionally, stone floor tiling can be cold underfoot, however, this can be remedied by installing underfloor heating.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring, also referred to as lino, is one of the most popular choices for bathroom flooring. Vinyl tiles are available in a range of sizes and in an array of different patterns and colours that allow creative freedom to create your dream bathroom. Vinyl tiles are easy to clean and resist stains and moisture effectively, making them ideal for the bathroom.

Bathroom Flooring Trends

Much like every aspect of your bathroom, flooring has its trends. Tiles are still the number one choice for bathroom flooring, with homeowners becoming more creative with their installations. There is no longer the need for traditional square tiles, when you can create your own masterpiece out of differently shaped, sized and coloured tiles. Smaller tiles have become an increasingly popular choice, often sold in webbed sheets.

Many homeowners are also using grout lines between tiles as an opportunity for injecting a little creativity. Instead of the standard streak of bright white grouting, you can be experimental with the grout line’s thickness; this can affect how we perceive the size of the tiles and the floor space, and how the eye follows the line of the bathroom. Current colour trends in bathroom flooring for both modern and traditional styles remain neutral and, nature inspired, wooden tones; while other popular tones are stone, sand and coffee.

 

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