The Worst Options for Bathroom Flooring

Posted on October 27th, 2014 by

Without a doubt, bathroom aesthetics are an integral part of a beautiful home. However, making sure the bathroom floor is appropriate will ensure longevity for daily use and damp abuse. Choosing the wrong flooring that isn’t durable or weatherproof may impose costly repairs in the future. The following options, which may be aesthetically pleasing in other areas of the home are some of the worst options for bathroom flooring in Carrollton:

  • Carpeting – Although this may seem like a no-brainer, carpet was a (unfortunately) popular option for bathroom floors in the 1950s and 60s. Carpeting will retain moisture, allowing water to seep through to the sub-flooring, potentially compromising the floor and support beams. Mold and mildew will eventually become a big problem.
  • Solid Wood Flooring – Solid wood flooring is usually installed with a tongue and groove system. It is also a breathable material; it expands and contracts to its environment. Therefore, even if the wood is treated, water will eventually settle in the crevices causing the wood to crack or warp. Hardwood floors in the bathroom may be beautiful for a few years, but it will need constant care and waterproofing.
  • Laminate Flooring – While better than solid wood by material alone, think twice about using laminate flooring as a bathroom option. The planks have a tendency to warp, peak, or chip at the edges. In such cases, water may seep under the surface compromising the glue and subfloor. Some laminates do not require glue because of their lock system, which increases the chance of water damage.
  • Linoleum Tiles – Most linoleum is oil-based with a high water resistance rating. For low-traffic bathrooms or powder rooms, linoleum tiles are fine, but high-traffic bathrooms have an increased risk of water damage. Seepage between the seams may cause separation, warping, or raised tiles. 

Consider the long term when choosing your bathroom flooring options. While the options above are often more cost-effective, cutting costs now may shorten the life of your bathroom floor and cause greater damage later on.

For more information about appropriate bathroom flooring options such as tile floors in Carrollton, contact CMA Flooring at 972-418-6606 or visit our showroom and check out your options for affordable and durable flooring in person. Our flooring experts are always here to answer questions and we also offer free in-home consultations!