Tile is a popular flooring choice for bathrooms as there are several options to choose from. However, if you’re thinking of installing floor tiles in your bathroom, it’s important for you to know the pros and cons to make the right choice for your home. In this blog post, we’ve listed four popular bathroom floor tile options along with their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision when shopping for bathroom flooring.
- Ceramic Tiles
They’re naturally resistant to high humidity damage and are one of the most popular bathroom flooring choices as a result. Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of colours, patterns and textures. They’re also durable, easy to clean and maintain. Glazed ceramic tiles come with a protective layer making them water- and stain-resistant. Unglazed ceramic tiles, however, need a sealant to protect its surface and the grout lines from water and moisture damage.
Ceramic tiles, however, have certain cons. They make an extremely hard flooring surface which feels uncomfortable underfoot. The material also gets very cold during the winter as it can’t hold on to heat well. The installation of these tiles isn’t easy as they’re heavy and hard. They require a variety of tools, mortars and grouts.
- Vinyl Tiles
Vinyl is also a very popular material for bathroom flooring because of its moisture and water resistance properties. It offers a higher degree of durability, safety, and comfort over most other flooring options. They’re lighter than ceramic tiles and are much easier to install (they don’t require a bed of mortar) and maintain. Also, compared to ceramic and stone tiles, vinyl tiles are more affordable.
- Cork Tiles
Best known for its sustainability, cork is a soft material which feels naturally warm and very comfortable underfoot. Cork is also resistant to moisture, mildew, mould and bacteria which make it a great option for installation in a wet area like a bathroom. It’s easy to clean as it repels dust and is available in a wide variety of colours.
Despite these pros, there are some drawbacks to having cork tiles as bathroom flooring. Remember that cork is water resistant but not waterproof. If the cork tiles aren’t properly sealed with polyurethane, water can seep through cracks or if water is left standing for too long, the tiles may absorb water resulting in warping and swelling. The tiles can also develop scratches and dents if something like a bottle, toiletry items, curling iron or a blow dryer accidentally falls on the floor.
- Laminate Tiles
Laminates are a durable flooring option that comes with a protective surface layer and is easy to clean and maintain. It can replicate different surface materials, such as hardwood and stone, making it possible for you to achieve your desired look without spending excessively. Laminates are also known for their resistance to dents and scratches.
However, make sure you buy laminate tiles that are approved for use in a wet area to prevent water from seeping through the gaps between the tiles. They can also warp if you leave standing pools of water untreated for too long.
When choosing new flooring for your bathroom, keep your options open. Now that you have this list of the most popular bathroom flooring options, weigh the pros and cons and select the right material that suits your home.
At Amazon Hardwood Center, we offer the finest quality of vinyl, hardwood, laminate and engineered flooring from popular Canadian brands. Visit any of our local stores at Toronto, Markham, Woodbridge, and Brampton to consult with our flooring experts and get the best deal for you.