Choosing Your Bathroom Flooring

Choosing bathroom flooring can be a really stressful task, here are some pointers on what to look for.


In busy bathrooms with a lot of foot traffic, the flooring needs to be tough and water-resistant. For a seldom-used guest bathroom or powder room, the floor doesn’t need to be as durable. But if you’re unlikely to re-do that bathroom often, it’s worth getting flooring that will hold up over time.

Waterproof or water-resistant?

In most cases, waterproof flooring is the best choice. But in bathrooms only used by adults, or small powder rooms where standing water isn’t likely, water-resistant flooring is a good option.


Some types of flooring, like textured stone, require more maintenance than something like luxury vinyl. Ask about maintenance when you shop for flooring.


You can save money with a DIY bathroom floor installation. However, installing a bathroom floor might require removing and reinstalling a toilet and careful attention to waterproofing details. Make sure you’re up to the task before you tackle the job yourself.


If you’re on a budget and considering a professionally installed floor, ask the contractor for an estimate on a few options that meet your needs. Luxury vinyl is typically less expensive to install than tile or stone and looks great.


Slippery bathroom floors are dangerous. For a safer floor, we recommend textured porcelain tile flooring over vinyl or laminate. Glazed ceramic tile will likely be the most slippery option you can choose, so keep that in mind

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