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Life would be so much easier if we could just use the same floor type that we chose for the rest of the house, but if you had chosen carpet, that wouldn’t work out very well.Bathroom Tiles Cape Town

With this in mind, when it comes to choosing your bathroom flooring one of the biggest concerns is how well can it handle moisture? Although certain materials are ‘water-resistant’, how much water can it really handle?

To make this whole process easier so you can get back to relaxing, we have come up with the top 4 best flooring options available.

  1. Ceramic and Porcelain tile – Look no further because the ideal option has just been discovered. Perhaps the most ideal type of bathroom flooring available is porcelain and ceramic tiles, as it is waterproof, highly durable and flexible and, above all, inexpensive! You can finally achieve that natural stone looks you’ve always wanted with its rich and textured finish for half the cost.

    PROS:

    • Endless design options
    • Highly customisable
    • Easy to clean and maintain
    • Extremely durable
    • Affordable

    CONS:

    • Complex patterns can be harder to install
    • Feels hard and cold underfoot (consider radiant floor heating)
    • Can be slippery (can be remedied with texturing or grout)
  2. Vinyl Sheet or Luxury Vinyl(LVT/LVP) – Enjoy a lot of luxury in your LVT and LVP bathroom. Creating that high-end look for a fraction of the cost is an affordable and efficient way. Luxury vinyl also feels soft and warm underfoot, enabling you to enjoy all the esthetic advantages you’ve ever dreamed of while being highly comfortable. A huge benefit of vinyl flooring is that it can be installed on top of your existing flooring, which makes it a great option when renovating.

    PROS:

    • Water resistant
    • Highly customisable
    • Achieve a luxe finish at an affordable price
    • Comfortable underfoot
    • Easily replace damaged tile/plank
    • Can be installed over existing flooring

    CONS:

    • Prone to moisture if installed incorrectly
    • Sheet vinyl is difficult to DIY install
  3. Natural Stone Tiles – Natural stone is one of your bathroom’s most attractive and esthetically pleasing flooring alternatives – if you can afford it. Natural stone tiles exude luxury and can be found in most high-end hotels in marble, travertine, granite, and slate. It is extremely durable and made to last as a rock, so consider it as a long-term investment that adds value to your home.

    PROS:

    • Choose from a wide variety of stone
    • Customise the texture to create an individual look
    • Extremely durable
    • Luxurious

    CONS:

    • Cold and hard underfoot (consider radiant floor heating)
    • Higher maintenance
    • Requires regular cleaning and sealing
    • Expensive
  4. Laminate – You likely blinked twice and, after reading laminate, scratched your head in confusion, we do not blame you. Surprisingly, laminate flooring is a better option than strong hardwood flooring for your bathroom, and much cheaper. The beauty of laminate lies within its limitless choices of design, as it is just a photographed image applied atop of a wood chip base. If you have chosen to go with laminate, ensure that your boards are sealed tightly; any water that passes through will cause your boards to bubble and expand.

    PROS:

    • Easy to clean
    • Affordable
    • Wide selection of designs
    • Water resistant

    Cons:

    • Not waterproof
    • Cannot be refinished
    • Must be replaced if damaged
    • Can be slippery

Can’t make a decision?

We understand that choosing a floor type that best fits your bathroom aesthetically and practically is an overwhelming task. You may really love the look of natural stone but it’s a little out of your price range, or you can’t decide between 3 different porcelain tile designs.

If you are in the process of looking for new flooring and have all these unanswered questions, our friendly staff at TileSpace has the answers you seek. You can contact our team or head into one of our showrooms and they will be happy to assist.

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