Buying new flooring for your bathroom can be a bit of a challenge. Water spills and moisture make most people assume carpet is out of the question. While it is true that fabric is a breeding ground for mold and mildew in these environments, there are water-, mildew- and stain-resistant carpet materials available. Home countertop and flooring ideas should ultimately depend on your individual preferences and needs.

What Bathroom Floor Material Should You Install?

Carpet actually has a few benefits over laminate and stone tile, namely the warmth factor. If you have ever stepped foot on a cold bathroom floor first thing in the morning, you probably wished you had been met with carpet fibers instead. Plus, no other material can top its plush, comfortable feel. Another advantage carpet has over competing materials is the wide selection of pattern and color options. Homeowners who are not fans of the same old, same old will find bathroom carpeting to be new and exciting.

If you decide to go the water-resistant carpet route, you will need to install premium-grade padding and quality backing between the two materials to prevent water from being absorbed by the pad.

Ceramic tile has long been a popular bathroom flooring product. The thicker the stone, the more durable and ultimately longer lasting it will be. Stick to tile that comes with greater texture as this will reduce the risk of slip and fall injuries. You are free to choose from squares, octagons, hexagons and a large selection of other shapes. Ceramic tiles also come in many different color palettes, and you can go one step further by getting creative with decorative grouting.

When durability and hygiene are priority factors, you can never go wrong with tile. However, do spend some time assessing the various porosity ratings as moisture damage is not uncommon with inferior-grade ceramic. For new tile designs, the cabinets and countertops pros at Designer Cabinets, Granite & Tile strongly advise the installation of an impervious tile (as opposed to semi- or non-vitreous).

Laminate, hardwood, natural stone and vinyl are other popular bathroom flooring materials, and each comes with a unique set of pros and cons. Laminate is inexpensive and easy to clean but also quite absorbent. Stone is by far the most durable product on the market but can get cold. Lastly, vinyl is both easily installed and can be replaced in sections at a time, though its many seams make germ growth a common problem.

Our granite and tile company in Ohio has helped thousands of homeowners choose the right bathroom flooring, so give us a call today!