Even if your bathroom flooring in Baltimore has held up well to traffic and age, it may simply be out of date. New bathroom flooring products that have been introduced in the past few years have made it possible for homeowners to have beautiful new bathroom flooring installed at a reasonable price.
Like kitchens, bathroom floors must hold up well to persistent moisture contact and be easy to clean, all while maintaining a stylish appearance. Therefore, many of the flooring materials that are recommended for kitchens are also the best option for bathrooms.
Advance Remodeling offers a wide variety of flooring materials suitable for bathrooms. We have experience installing many flooring materials including:
Laminate is a cost-effective choice for bathroom flooring that is both long-lasting and easy to maintain. It is made of several layers and can be installed over existing floors.
Laminate flooring has an impressive life span. In the lifespan of one laminate floor, carpet would need to be replaced 2 to 4 times, solid hardwoods would need 3 to 5 refinishing treatments, and vinyl flooring would need to be replaced 3 times. Most laminate flooring comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 25 years or longer.
Laminate flooring is extremely durable, which makes it a great choice for high traffic areas. It will resist damage from spills and scrapes and it makes cleaning and maintenance very simple. Laminate flooring will not lose color over time, while flooring such as hardwood tends to fade. It is offered in many different styles and patterns, and can imitate other types of flooring such as wood, rock, gravel, and concrete.
Vinyl flooring is an affordable and aesthetically pleasing choice for bathroom flooring. Because of its durability and moisture resistance it is primarily used in busy areas of the home such as kitchens and bathrooms. Another reason for its popularity is that it can, much like laminate, be made to imitate other flooring materials such as stone, marble, and wood. Vinyl flooring is often referred to by the popular manufacturers’ trade names Linoleum® and Congoleum®.
Vinyl is made of plastic, or more specifically polyvinyl chloride – abbreviated PVC – to which other compounds are added. It can consist of either multiple layers of material or just one layer.
It is manufactured using one of two processes: inlay or rotovinyl. With inlay vinyl, color and pattern are imbedded into the vinyl layers, while with rotovinyl only a single layer of vinyl is printed with color and pattern. Both manufacturing processes require a protective coating overlay in order to boost durability. Inlay vinyl flooring, which is only available in tile form, offers great wear resistance since the colors and patterns go all the way through the flooring material. Rotovinyl comes in both sheet and tile form. Resistance to wear is dependent on the type of protective coating used during the manufacturing process. Vinyl floors are very easy to maintain. Sweeping or using a dust mop is often all that is needed.
Ceramic tile flooring is a very popular type of bathroom flooring in the United States – it is one of the oldest and longest-lasting flooring materials known. Ceramic tile is especially well suited for areas with high traffic and moist conditions.
There are four basic decisions to make when choosing ceramic tile for your floor: size, shape, color, and finish. Ceramic tile ranges in size from 1/4” square to 12” x 12” squares and even larger. Shapes include square, rectangular, diamond, hexagon, octagon, triangular, round etc. – depending on your budget, you can get ceramic tile in any shape you can possibly imagine. Color choices are endless, from black and white to everything in-between, and as far as finish is concerned most people opt for the glazed finish. Glazed tile is simply more water resistant and easier to clean than any other finish. It does tend to be more slippery when wet, but you can easily get tiles that are glazed with a non-slip material, which should take care of that problem.
Ceramic tiles are very strong, durable, cost-effective, and require little maintenance – making it an attractive alternative to many other flooring materials.
Stone tile flooring has a natural look and is strong and durable. It comes in several textures and colors and no two pieces are the same. Stone tiles can look traditional and rustic or contemporary and elegant. Although this flooring option can be expensive, stone tiles have the potential to last a lifetime.
Stone tile floors are generally easy to maintain, usually requiring only a mop for cleaning. For extra durability, stone should be periodically sealed. Since bathrooms must withstand moist conditions, you should choose stone tiles that are resistant to moisture damage and staining.
Although the preferred choice for some, marble flooring is not the optimal choice for bathroom flooring as it is porous and prone to damage from constant moisture exposure. If you want the regal look of marble for your bathroom, try laminate flooring which can be created to imitate the look of marble.
Although hardwood floors are known for their beauty and prestige, they are not the optimum choice for bathroom flooring due to the constant moisture exposure. The moist condition of bathrooms can cause hardwood flooring to expand and contract and possibly warp the floorboards.
If you do choose hardwood flooring for your bathroom, you want to make sure that it has already been finished. Pre-finished wood flooring is less prone to damage and easier to maintain than its unfinished counterpart. Also, to achieve the look of wood consider vinyl flooring in a wood grain design.
Advance Remodeling can provide financing for your bathroom remodeling project too. You can apply for financing regardless of your credit history, and finally have the new bathroom you’ve been wanting!