Finding the Right Bathroom Flooring
The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in a home. According to one survey, working women spend about 90 minutes a day in a bathroom getting ready for work. (By contrast, in the same survey, men spend about 11 minutes.) If you’ve got teenagers, they’re spending 30-40 minutes in the bathroom before school. And if your children are younger, then you know at the end of the day, bath time can go on and on – and on. Here’s the question: is your bathroom floor up to the challenge?
Finding the right bathroom flooring is a matter of knowing: the look you want, the floor type you want and the performance you expect from a floor.
Your bathroom flooring has to hold up to moisture, pure and simple. Solid hardwood is not a good option for a full bathroom because of the moisture issues. If you want a hardwood look, you’ll probably be happier with the performance of a wood-look vinyl. For durability and moisture tolerance, vinyl or ceramic tile are always popular options. Luxury vinyl is also an excellent choice since these floors offer superior scratch, stain and wear resistance.
Let’s take a closer look at luxury vinyl flooring for your bathroom. If you love the look of ceramic tile or natural stone but don’t like their hard, brittle surfaces, luxury vinyl would be an ideal alternative. Our Alterna™ and new Alterna Reserve™ premier tile collections offer ceramic, quartz, travertine and slate looks, but they’re designed with a quiet, forgiving surface that tolerates spills and drops much better than ceramic tile. And just like tile, both Alterna collections can be grouted for an authentic tile or stone appearance. Alterna tile is also easy to clean – even if it’s been grouted.
Still thinking about that wood look? Luxe Plank™ luxury vinyl planks may be just what you’re looking for. Our Luxe Plank™ floors feature all of the hottest wood looks, from exotic fruitwoods to beautiful bamboos, all in a floor that has a durable, water-resistant construction. Perfect for bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms or really any room in your home.
Ultimately, the right bathroom flooring will fit your decorating style, your budget, and your lifestyle. Just make sure the flooring you choose delivers the performance you expect too!
Shannon Weir has been working with construction products – particularly those made from wood – for over 15 years. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and is our Marketing Communications and Public Relations manager. An avid runner, Shannon enjoys blogging about Armstrong’s sustainability initiatives and new products.