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HOW TO CHOOSE FLOORING FOR THE BATHROOM?

One of the most important considerations when decorating your bathroom is the flooring you use.  Not only does it need to look good, but it also should be nonslip, durable, easy to clean, comfortable to walk on bare feet, and, most importantly, moisture- and humidity-resistant.


HOW TO CHOOSE THE LOOK FOR THE FLOOR? 

Wood, tiles, and seamless flooring can all look contemporary, while the former two are better choices for a period-style room.  Tiles and seamless flooring stand up better to moisture; wood is less water-resistant, but is a viable option if you love the look.

CHOOSE FLOORING FOR THE BATHROOM

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE MATERIAL FOR BATHROOM FLOORING?

 

 

What you choose depends on whether you prefer the classic look and feel of  tiles or something softer, like vinyl or rubber. If you are having underfloor heating installed, check which materials are suitable to use with it first.


TILED

Floor tiles come in a range of materials including porcelain,  ceramic, and vinyl and colours and sizes. Although tiles may seem like an obvious choice, they are hard and cold underfoot, so might be best if teamed with underfloor heating.

 

SEAMLESS

Vinyl and rubber sheets are a popular seamless flooring for a  bathroom, although poured resin is also a good option. Ideal for small spaces, its lack of joins gives it a neat finish. However, if the floor becomes damaged, the whole floor has to be replaced.

 

WOOD

The colour and texture of wood create a nice contrast to sleek plumbing fixtures and give continuity if wood floors are used elsewhere in the house. If your bathroom gets wet and humid, avoid solid wood and opt for laminate, engineered wood or vinyl look-alikes.

 

SEAMLESS

Vinyl and rubber sheets are a popular seamless flooring for a bathroom, although poured resin is also a good option. Ideal for small spaces, its lack of joins gives it a neat finish. However, if the floor becomes damaged, the whole floor has to be replaced.

Flooring and Wall covering for the bathroom

 

CHECKLIST FOR LAYING TILES ON FLOOR

If you are laying tiles, you can tile directly onto concrete or existing tiles (provided they are sound and level), but be aware that doing this will raise the level of your floor significantly, as will underfloor heating. You may have to remove and shave the bottom of the door before rehanging it.

A wood-framed floor must have a subfloor installed over it before you can tile it. The simplest way to achieve this is to screw down marine plywood boards.

Make sure that any gaps between planks or tiles are well sealed to stop water from seeping through to rooms below.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE MATERIAL FOR LAYING FLOOR TILES?

What you choose depends on whether you prefer the classic look and feel of tiles or something softer, like vinyl or rubber. If you are having underfloor heating installed, check which materials are suitable to use with it first.

CHOOSE THE MATERIAL FOR LAYING FLOOR TILES

 

TILES

 

PORCELAIN

Porcelain is a versatile, very hard-wearing choice in a range of prices and designs, including mosaics. Seal unglazed tiles before and after grouting.

 

 

 

CERAMIC

Cheap compared to natural stone and porcelain, ceramic tiles are a good choice for larger areas,  They are also hard-wearing and won’t need sealing.

 

QUARTZ COMPOSITE

Expensive quartz composite has a luxurious look and is available in a wide range of colours,  including black, white, grey, red,  and blue. It rarely chips or cracks.

 

TERRAZZO

High-cost terrazzo (marble chips set into the cement with a colour pigment added) comes in many colours and finishes. When wet,  this surface may become slippery.

 

VINYL

Available in a range of patterns and prices, vinyl tiles are water-resistant so are ideal for a bathroom. More expensive vinyl is best left for a  professional to install.

 

RUBBER

Medium-priced rubber tiles are available in a huge range of colours and different textures.  These tiles are a good choice for family bathrooms.

 

SEAMLESS

RESIN

Poured resin, available in a range of colours, is highly contemporary.  It is laid directly onto concrete subfloors or special marine plywood, but not floorboards.

 

RUBBER

A practical choice, medium-priced rubber is hard-wearing and warm underfoot and comes in a range of colours and textures. Low-profile textures provide extra grip.

 

VINYL

Low- to medium-priced modern sheet vinyl comes in a range of designs that reproduce the look and texture of materials such as wood, stone, metal, and glass.

 

LINOLEUM

Made of natural and sustainable ingredients, this medium-priced floor is easy to clean and naturally resistant to bacteria and fungus, so is an ideal choice.

 

WOOD

HARDWOOD

A hardwood floor must be installed perfectly, with no gaps for moisture. It is not a good option if the floor will get very wet. It is medium to high in cost.

 

ENGINEERED WOOD

The construction of this medium-priced wood (layers of hard and softwood boards topped with a  layer of hardwood) means it is less likely to warp.

 

BAMBOO

Medium to high in price, bamboo has moisture-resistant qualities and does not shrink, expand, or warp. It’s eco-friendly, too. It should be sealed before use.

 

LAMINATE

Some laminate wood planks are designed for bathrooms and have a moisture-resistant core, although they are still not moisture-proof.  Laminate is low to medium in cost.

 

VINYL

Wood-effect vinyl will give an authentic look and is easier to care for than real wood. Prices depend on the brand; cheaper versions are self-adhesive.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE WALL COVERINGS FOR THE BATHROOM?

Decorated bathroom walls, particularly around wet areas, need to be water-resistant and easy to clean.  However, you don’t have to stick to one material—for example, wallpaper can be combined with tiles to good effect. In small bathrooms, think, too, about ways to stretch the space visually.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE MATERIAL FOR THE BATHROOM WALL?

CHOOSE THE MATERIAL FOR THE BATHROOM


If your bathroom is very small with no window you can open, your choice must be practical and water-resistant; if you have more space and ventilation, why not choose less obvious materials with which to decorate your bathroom.

 

TILES      

Tiles are the most practical choice for a bathroom, especially on the walls of shower stalls and around bathtubs and sink backsplashes. Choose from porcelain or ceramic, glass, natural stone, and mosaics.

 

PAINT

Although you shouldn’t paint areas that are going to get wet—  where you shower, for instance—paint is a good way to add colour to your bathroom, and can be changed fairly quickly and easily when you want to update the look of the room.

 

WALLPAPER

Use wallpaper only on walls that don’t come in direct contact with water. Look for a paper specifically designed for use in bathrooms. Alternatively, consider using wallpaper behind a sheet of clear glass,  which will go some way toward protecting it.

 

PANELING

Wood or MDF panelling itself is not water-resistant, but if you coat it with tough paint suitable for woodwork in bathrooms, it can withstand a high degree of dampness and some minor splashing. It is ideal for creating a period feel.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE TYPE OF MATERIAL FOR BATHROOM WALL TILES?

 

 

If you want to choose a mixture of different materials for your bathroom walls, consider each one in combination with another material. Will the tiles you choose complement the panelling you like, or will paint walls work with the tiles you prefer?

 

TILES

 

CLASSIC

Square ceramic or porcelain tiles can be used in any bathroom. Those on a budget can opt for plain white, but a huge range of colours and patterns are available.

 

SUBWAY

Typically made of ceramic with a gloss or matte surface, medium- to high-priced subway tiles have a straight or bevelled edge and come in a variety of colours.

 

MOSAIC

Medium- to high-cost mosaic tiles come in a range of materials, including natural stone,  ceramic, travertine, and glass, and a variety of finishes such as silver and mirror glass.

 

LARGE FORMAT

To use large-format (31 x 31in/80 x 80cm)  tiles you need flat walls. This tile is better in a medium- or large-sized room since its size dwarfs the proportions of a smaller room.

 

PAINT

 

KITCHEN & BATHROOM

This medium- to high-priced paints are made to withstand moisture and often mould, too. They are available in a limited number of colours.

 

MATTE

If your bathroom is well ventilated and the painted walls won’t get splashed with water, using a water-based matte emulsion shouldn’t be a problem. Prices vary greatly.

 

SATIN

You can use medium-priced satin paints if your room is well-ventilated. The subtle sheen of these paints can help to reflect light in small or dark bathrooms.

 

EGGSHELL

Medium-priced eggshell paint can be used for walls and for woodwork and metalwork such as baseboards and radiators. It is washable and has a near-matte finish.

 

 

 

 

1 comment:

  1. Good informative article. Protek system is a large manufacturer of wall covering, corner guards, wall protection, door protection, etc.

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