Getting a Bathroom Floor That Is Resistant To All Wears
Choosing a right bathroom floor is the first priority. It should be durable, greater in look and must feel comfortable underfoot.
Due to its initial use, with higher moisture, wet surfaces and high temperatures, much attention needs to be exerted towards the bathroom floor. Therefore in choosing the correct bathroom floor, it is important to get one that can with stand the room’s harsh conditions. Instead of choosing a floor based on looks.
When planning to have your bathroom remodeled, consider the following points:
According to Professionals the most used product for bathrooms is the ceramic tile.
Properties of the ceramic tiles
• They are water resistant
• Can be arranged in a number of patterns
• Available in a range of prices
• When wet they are very slippery
• They are difficult to maintain
• Are cold underfoot
How to Overcome the Problems
• In-floor heating: This is the use of radiant heat used in bathroom remodels to create a permanent end to the cold underfoot. The sub floor is installed with a thin mat that is covered in self-leveling cement. With this in-heat, there is no need to do the whole bathroom.
• Well textured surfaces: to avoid slippery floor, using a well textured tile is advised.
• For easy maintenance and cleaning the mortar in between the tiles should be sealed.
Though more expensive than ceramics, other tiles like glass, travertine, porcelain and granite can also be arranged in an endless number of patterns. Chipping in stone and porcelain is not easy since their color covers the whole tile. When wet, granite can be very slippery and so for added safety, Busby advices the combination of the material with wood inlay or limestone tiles.
Because of its underfoot comfort and visual warmth hardwood flooring is another better option for the bathroom. However, it needs to be properly cared for. The wooden surface can be made resistant from the occasional drip and splash when sealed with a water-based poly finish. Wet towels and water allowed to sit on the floor for long can cause a serious damage to the floor. To prevent this damage, keep the towels off the floor and wipe away any water from. According to Sara Ann, further damage should be avoided by running a warm waterline to the toilet and preventing the sweating to the floor by insulating the fixtures.
Other flooring options like cork and bamboo can be used for the bathroom and since they are similar to woods, they care matches that of wood. The bamboo flooring provides a wood-like look. The material is made from a rapid renewable resource, the bamboo grass. For an eco-friendly selection, the material’s finishing should be free from formaldehyde. For a quiet and peaceful bathroom, go for the cork. The cork acts a sound proof especially in a room filled with hard surfaces.
Use of water repellent laminate is another option for that wood-like look.This method has been used in many places and is a good option for a floor that can with stand the effects of the damp towels. The factory finished laminate is easy to install since it can be put over an existing floor. However, despite its stunning resemblance to real wood, laminate lacks the original warmth produced by natural wood. Some people do not like it since they find it a little noisy.
The sheet vinyl is the best option especially for a budgeted remodel. It is available in a wide number of patterns and collection of colors. Its installation is also easy. However, you are highly advised not to use this material for the bathroom. The tiles have edges that can curl and the peel-and-stick tiles may allow water to go through the tiles and damage the sub-floor.
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