Bathroom flooring presents special challenges
Choosing a good looking floor treatment for the bathroom presents special challenges. Here are some tips to consider: What to look for:
• Water resistance is an essential quality, especially in a home with young children.
• Bare feet on a cold floor can be an uncomfortable start to the day. Floors with unheated crawl spaces and basements under them may not be suitable candidates for ceramic tile.
• A wet floor can become extremely slippery, and as a result, dangerous for young and old alike. Look for non-slip finishes.
• Bathrooms require regular mopping and dusting. Textured non- slip floors are harder to clean.
• In high traffic areas, wear patterns can appear quickly if the flooring is not up to the job.
• Ceramic floor tiles are a favourite in bathrooms because of their durability and easy maintenance.
• Good quality sheet vinyl can take the traffic, is warm and with- stands water easily. Fitting requires patience and experience.
• Vinyl tiles are easy to install, but have a more limited resistance to water and wear.
• Wood and laminated flooring are easy to install, but spills must be cleaned up immediately.