Step into any bathroom and look down. There is a good chance you are standing on some sort of tile floor. Installing tiles in bathrooms has been a popular choice stretching back thousands of years, at least to the ancient Roman times. But it wasn’t until the 20th century when the use of tiles in the home really took off due to the growing number of indoor bathrooms.

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Since the 1950s, almost every Columbia homeowner chooses to install tile floors in the bathroom, but this doesn’t mean that there are no alternatives. Learn more about some of the top choices from Floor Coverings International Columbia East.

Hardwood Floors

Although some people may question the intelligence of installing hardwood floors in a bathroom, it is not as crazy as it sounds. While it is true that moisture and wood do not generally play nice together, there are things you can do to help them get along better. First, it is important to use the right kind of wood flooring. Hardwoods such as teak, white oak, and cedar are the best choices for high-moisture areas like a bathroom. Next, make sure you seal your wood floor using a polyurethane-based sealer.

Owners with hardwood bathroom floors should consider using absorbent bath mats and need to be vigilant when it comes to cleaning up any standing water.

Concrete Floors

People looking for a more inexpensive option than tile which can stand up to high traffic should think about concrete. A concrete bathroom floor is durable and able to deal with a moist environment, but it isn’t the most attractive flooring choice. However, homeowners who like the benefits of a concrete floor in the bathroom, but want something a little more decorative can choose colored or stamped concrete. It is possible to create virtually any color or design on a concrete floor, making this a very viable option for many people.

Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring can make perfect sense to install in a home bathroom. Laminate is inexpensive to purchase and simple enough for many homeowners to install themselves and save even more money. Laminate floors have a long lifespan and can resemble a wide range of other types of flooring products such as tile or hardwood. While laminate floors themselves are waterproof, they do not always do a good job at keeping water from seeping through cracks in an improper installation and damaging the subfloor. Homeowners may want to use bathmats around the shower and sink area. And consider professional installation from Floor Coverings International Columbia East for a job well done.

Vinyl Floors

Back in the 1930s, vinyl floors were the height of innovation when it came to flooring. But since then, vinyl has fallen out of favor with many homeowners. It is a shame because Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) makes a great bathroom flooring option. LVT is waterproof and virtually indestructible while being easy to care for and clean. Vinyl is one of the most inexpensive flooring products for the bathroom and it is one of the easiest floors to install.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting in a bathroom. Carpets are horrible for moist environments and retain odors.
  • Some of the best bathroom flooring options won’t increase a home’s resale value, but are worth it for homeowners planning to remain in their homes.
  • No matter which floor you choose, protect it from excessive water by using bathmats and maintaining it correctly.

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