Deciding what flooring you want to use for your home can be stressful, as different rooms require different flooring types. One big point of frustration for most is deciding which flooring to use for your bathroom. For most people, the bathroom is one of the most highly used areas in the home. You enter and exit it numerous times per day, so you need flooring that is durable and beautiful.
If you are unsure of what flooring type you want, consider looking into vinyl. Vinyl flooring mimics the look of natural hardwood, but it is much more durable and affordable. One of our favorite types of vinyl flooring is Mohawk waterproof laminate, which you can learn more about in previous blog posts. Vinyl flooring can be a good option for your bathroom, but under the right circumstances. Consider these tips, as well as some pros and cons as you are making your bathroom flooring decision.
Everyone’s favorite feature of bathroom vinyl flooring is that it is waterproof. Unlike traditional hardwood, vinyl flooring will not allow any water to seep through. You can get the same beautiful look as hardwood without the worry that it will get ruined quickly. Other forms of flooring can provide you with waterproof properties, but few match the sheer beauty and quality of vinyl flooring in the bathroom setting. If you want to learn more about waterproof vinyl flooring, read our series of posts about Mohawk waterproof laminate above.
It is warm on your feet
Another key benefit of vinyl flooring is how warm it is under your feet. During the cold winter months, you would probably prefer to step out of the shower onto a warm floor rather than something ice cold. Stone, tile, and other materials are very cold-to-touch during the winter and hardly warm up even during the warmer months. Vinyl flooring is perfect for your restroom, as well as other areas in your home, if you want to keep your feet warm.
Requires little maintenance
If you are someone that likes things that can be installed and not worried about, vinyl flooring is the best option for you. This is because vinyl flooring requires very little maintenance due to its properties of not being actual hardwood. As opposed to tile and stone, you do not have to re-seal or polish your floor to keep it looking nice. Simply grab a wet mop or vacuum and that is the extent of maintenance you need to worry about for your bathroom vinyl flooring.
May become slippery
While considering vinyl flooring, remember that it can become slippery quickly. To combat this, you can look at textured options that add a little bit of grip to each plank. Another idea would be to purchase bathmats, rugs, and other floor covers for when your floors become wet. If you do not want to deal with a potentially slippery floor, it is best to go with an option that provides more traction.
Price can be high for some budgets
Although vinyl flooring is some of the most beautiful and resilient material out there, it may be a bit expensive for some budgets. Depending on the grade, color, and style you choose, it will run you anywhere from $2-$7+ per square foot. That does not include extra installation charges if you do not do it yourself. Fully installed vinyl is beautiful, but it may be unrealistic for your budget and that is okay. At Flooring Liquidator, we have plenty of wonderful options to suit any flooring budget. Come visit our store fore more information!
Try vinyl flooring in another room first
Now that you have read all the pros and cons of bathroom vinyl flooring, it is time to make your decision. If you decide to go with vinyl flooring, we recommend buying it for a different room other than your bathroom to start with. As detailed in our previous blog post on Mohawk waterproof laminate vinyl flooring, some good areas for vinyl flooring include the kitchen, living room, and hallways. By choosing one of these options before your bathroom, you will get a feel for vinyl flooring and see if you like it enough to add it to your bathroom.
Choose carefully between sheet and plank vinyl
You may not be aware of this, but vinyl flooring actually comes in different styles and formats. Vinyl planks are common and very easy to install. They are also easy to replace if damaged. Sheet vinyl comes in large rolls that you must cut before installing. This can pose a problem for bathroom installations due to tight spaces and odd shapes. While both are waterproof, the chances of water damage to sheet vinyl are much lower than vinyl planks. Consider these factors when deciding which type of vinyl flooring to install in your bathroom.