Your bathroom is a room that sees a lot of footfall and the most moisture levels, so it’s important to find a high-quality flooring which will withstand the water usage while also looking striking. At Factory Direct Flooring, we offer a range of bathroom flooring that offers longevity at affordable prices. Browse our collection below or read on for bathroom flooring ideas and installation tips.Read more
What is the best flooring for bathrooms?
When it comes to flooring for bathrooms, the most important aspect is that your floor is water-resistant. The top 2 types of bathroom floors are vinyl flooring and waterproof flooring, both of which are available in a variety of styles and colours to match your personal tastes.
Vinyl flooring is one of the most popular bathroom floor coverings. Similar to linoleum, this type of floor comes in rolls or sheets and is cushioned to make it soft underfoot. Because of this cushioning, it’s resistant to excessive damage and also waterproof, which makes it perfect for bathroom flooring options. This type of floor is recommended if you have children or pets as it is usually stain resistant, so you don’t need to worry about mess.
Vinyl comes in many forms and can recreate a tile or even wood effect if you’re after a bathroom wood floor. It’s one of the most affordable types of flooring available too, so is ideal if you’re looking for cheap bathroom flooring which is easy to maintain.
As the name suggests, waterproof flooring is the most water-resistant type of floor. This makes it the best bathroom flooring for peace of mind. Our waterproof flooring is available from renowned brand Aqua Step and features completely waterproof laminate and vinyl. Their waterproof laminate has a double layer of resin to offer durability and can create an authentic wood look, whereas the vinyl can recreate the look of bathroom floor tiles.
What is the easiest floor to install in a bathroom?
Most bathroom flooring is easy to install as it rarely requires underlay. However, vinyl flooring is the easiest type of floor to install. To start, simply prepare your subfloor by making sure it is clean and dry. Then place your sheet of vinyl over the floor and cut to size. For small rooms of less than 12 square metres, you don’t need any glue or tape, and your installation process is complete. For larger rooms, a double-sided tape will do the trick and create a non-slip floor. After fixing your flooring down, install beading around the perimeter of the room to finish off your bathroom.
If you’ve opted for a waterproof laminate floor, the process isn’t much more difficult. However, it is more likely to require underlay which helps insulate the room and reduce noise. First, ensure you have put down your underlay on a clean subfloor. Then lay your boards by simply clicking each plank into place, no glue or nails are required.
For more specific instructions, we recommend you follow the installation guides which accompany your flooring, as each type of floor may have a different method.
Bathroom flooring ideas
Although the only types of flooring suitable for a bathroom are vinyl or laminate, there is a lot of scope for creativity when it comes to colours and styles.
Tile effect bathroom flooring can create a sophisticated vintage look or a clean and contemporary style depending on the colours and the width of the tile. For example, a black and white chessboard style creates a retro and quirky finish. However, a neutral beige or grey is perfect for a more subtle look. Furthermore, these neutral colours will suit any existing décor or wall colour, without the need to redecorate.
In terms of the size of your tiles, wider tiles add to a modern aesthetic, whereas small and intricate tiles can create a striking vintage look. These tiles aren’t restricted exclusively to square shapes; for example, a hexagonal tile adds an interesting and unique look to your bathroom. If you’d like to try a tile effect in your bathroom, vinyl flooring recreates this look at a fraction of the cost of real tiles, not to mention it is easier to install.
For further bathroom floor ideas, a wooden effect creates a striking look. A waterproof laminate floor recreates the look of solid wood while being a cheaper and easy to maintain alternative. Adding wooden flooring to your bathroom adds a traditional charm and a unique style. This can again be tailored to your preferences, for example, an oak or maple laminate with lots of knots might add a rustic aesthetic, whereas a simple white or black laminate is best suited to those with a modern bathroom.
The lighter the colour you opt for, the more open your bathroom will appear, so white or beige is perfect for extending the look of smaller bathrooms. However, darker colours are best for hiding any dirt and are recommended if you live in a busy house which is prone to mess or if you have a shared bathroom.
How to maintain bathroom flooring
Because of its water-resistant properties, bathroom flooring is one of the easiest types of floors to maintain. For any obvious dirt marks, water and a mop will leave you with a squeaky-clean floor. Add a mild cleanser for extra sparkle.
For vinyl flooring, it’s recommended to take some precautious methods when it comes to rips and tears. For example, placing padded floor protectors underneath any heavy moveable furniture will prevent damage. However, there isn’t likely to be much of this furniture in the bathroom, so it may not be something you need to worry about.
If you have any questions about our range of flooring, or you’re unsure which type of floor is best for you, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact one of our friendly experts by calling 0330 100 00 15.