The Best DIY Bathroom Floor
When shopping for a bathroom floor, you have more options today then you’ve had in the past. The old standbys are still available, but now you have something even better.
Long has ceramic tile or sheet vinyl been the choice for bathrooms and many even install laminate floors in the bath. However, laminate floors aren’t the best choice, especially in bathrooms with showers or bathtubs. It’s not just the moisture that can spill out of the tub, but the moisture that permeates the air when you take a hot shower or bath.
That’s why many choose ceramic tile for the bathroom, but these floors also leave a lot to be desired. They are cold, hard, not the easiest to clean and the grout can become discolored over time.
While the coldness issue can be addressed with radiant heating, it significantly increases the cost and if you ever have a problem with the heating underneath the floor, it’s not an easy fix and usually you can tell when a tile has been replaced. And replacing the tile is exactly what will have to be done.
Many choose sheet vinyl flooring because it’s not as cold as tile, easier to clean and not easily penetrated by moisture. However, vinyl is not easy to install, even for professional flooring installers, and if too much or too little adhesive is used, the vinyl can discolor or bubble. Also, the subfloor needs to be perfectly smooth and usually a lot of floor prep is required. Many times, this floor preparation can cost as much as the cost of installing the floor, and if you ever need to replace the floor, scraping vinyl that’s been glued to a subfloor is a difficult and laborious job.
The disadvantages of these floors will always be disadvantages, but there are now floors that have none of these issues. Today, you can install click vinyl planks or luxury vinyl planks in the bathroom and you won’t run into the same problems.
Click vinyl installs in a floating floor installation and requires no glue whatsoever. The planks lock together and they are virtually impervious to the effects of moisture. They don’t absorb water, therefore you’re not going to get the bubbling, buckling and swelling that moisture can cause in other floors. And the best part is, they look much more like the natural materials they intend to recreate.
Some manufacturers make click vinyl floors that look just like real hardwood flooring. They can be found in all kinds of wood-looks, from natural to exotic, and they look amazing. They’re easy to install, easy to clean and are much warmer to the touch than ceramic tile. No glue, no mess, no moisture worries, and you can install them yourself with few tools being needed. If you’re performing a diy floor installation, it doesn’t get any easier than click vinyl floors.
Nowadays, you can have everything you want. You can get the look you want, the performance you want and an insurance policy against flooring’s worst enemy; moisture.