Pros and Cons for different types of bathroom flooring

Check our Guide of the Pros and Cons for ceramic tile, mosaic, marble floors, bamboo flooring, laminate and more.Here we will cover many advantages and disadvantages of the bathroom floor materials which will help you make a decision in choosing the right one.

Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring

Cork flooring offers a resilient alternative to traditional carpet and hardwood floors. Cork flooring is hypoallergenic and resistant to the mold and mildew. Cork is water resistant. Does not attract and absorb dust.
Cork flooring costs more than linoleum and carpeting. Corking floor could become indented with imprints from heavy bathroom vanities or bathtubs. No wet mop. Potential Discoloration

Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile.

Ceramic tiles comes in huge selection of color, shapes and pattern choices. Ceramic tile is water resistant and hygienic. Long Lasting. Easy to do-it-yourself.
Glazed tiles are not scratch resistant. May Chip or Crack.Grout can discolor and is hard to maintain

Pros and Cons of Marble Floors.

Durable, comes in many color and pattern choices. Marble floors are water and scratch resistant. Each tile has a unique design.
Cold and hard on the feet. Marble can be very expensive. Glossy finishes are slippery when wet and must be polished regularly. Marble Floors must be sealed regularly and it hard to repair. Marble is heavy and may need a stronger subfloor. Marble will be damaged by chlorine and can absorb dirt.

Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring.

Solid and durable, natural water repellent, Solid and durable, excellent anti-static properties, eco-friendly.
Needs to be very well sealed, cannot be refinished.

Pros and Cons of Stained Concrete.

Slow to heat up and cool down. Easy to maintain, clean and cost efficient. Unique - no two concrete floors will look alike. Stained concrete is hypoallergenic.
Cold and hard to feet.

Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tile and Mosaic.

Enormous selection of mixable colors, shapes, sizes and patterns. Porcelain and Mosaic tiles are durable and easy to maintain. Glazed tiles are moisture and stain-resistant. Mosaic tile can be laid on uneven surfaces. Easy do-it-yourselves.
Cold and hard on the feet. Can be very expensive depending upon what you choose. Can crack or chip and is difficult to repair. Glossy finishes are slippery when wet. Grout can discolor and is hard to maintain.

Do and Don't of Hardwood Floors.

Warm, soft on the feet, fairly durable, long-lasting when properly sealed and maintained. Can be refinished, can be painted or stained for more color options.
Susceptible to water damage, darkens with age, expensive, harder to keep clean than vinyl or laminate – water and spills need to be cleaned immediately. Hardwood Floor attracts dust. May Scratch.

Pros and Cons of Laminate Floor.

Durable, easy to maintain, scratch-resistant, wide range of colors and designs, easy installation – good choice for do-it-yourselves.
Cannot be refinished. Some can be expensive. Need to be well sealed to use in bathroom.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Floor.

Vinyl comes in wide range of colors, quiet, durable, hygienic. Vinyl is easy to clean and it water and stain resistant. Very inexpensive.
Porous, need to be waxed or polished from time to time. Not scratch resistant and hard to repair.

Please check the Guide to the Pluses and Minuses of Bathroom Flooring Materials before making a choice.

Ceramic Tile Natural Cork Hardwood Mosaic Vinyl Laminate Marble Stained Concrete
Water resistant Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warm No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Comfort Under foot No Yes Yes No No No No No
Durable Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easy to Clean Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
All Natural No Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Resilient No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Mold/Mildew Resistant No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Acoustic Insulator No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Thermal Insulator No Yes Yes No No No No No
Increases Home Value Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Resists Insects Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Fire Inhibitor No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Easy to Install Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Easy to Repair Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Scratch Resistant No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Do-it-Yourself Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Eco-Friendly No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
Cost Moderate Moderate Expensive Expensive Economic Moderate Expensive Moderate

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