Bath­room floor­ing presents spe­cial chal­lenges

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

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.

Wall-to-wall op­tions:

• 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.

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