Bathroom Flooring Options

terracotta flooring in kitchen and bathroomsWhen choosing bathroom flooring, you have the same considerations as you do for flooring for other rooms in your house. Is it durable? Will it stand up to the kids? Does it look nice or tacky? How does it feel under bare feet. For best suggestion visit But the main consideration for bathroom flooring is, of course, moisture.

Carpet- A horribly bad choice for bathroom flooring. Moisture and carpeting do not mix. However, if you still must have carpeting in your bathroom, we have pointers from a professional carpet installer

Solid Hardwood-  A slightly better bathroom flooring choice than carpet, solid hardwood looks great and feels warm under foot. But moisture kills solid hardwood. Make certain it’s perfectly installed, with no gaps for moisture. This likely means hiring installers–unless your day job happens to be that of a hardwood floor installer.

Laminate Flooring- Surprisingly, laminate flooring is a better bathroom flooring choice than solid hardwood. I say “surprisingly” because laminate flooring is no more than resin-impregnated paper atop a wood chip base. The surface of laminate plank is actually a photograph of whatever it’s supposed to be simulating: oak, cherry, slate, marble.

On top of that is what the manufacturers call the “wear layer.” The wear layer is a clear layer of melamine. But this wear layer is amazingly strong. DuPont Real Touch, for instance, warrants the wear layer on its line of laminate flooring for 30 years. Because the seams are glued together, it’s difficult for moisture to work its way downward.

Laminate Flooring Guide for Bathrooms- Oak is the most popular style of wood or wood-look laminate flooring. Dupont’s embossed-in-register feature means that the wood grain is imprinted in the product, giving it a more authentic wood-grain look (and better slip resistance).


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