Explore Different Types of Flooring Materials Suitable for Bathrooms (Part 2)

Written by devteam@omgkitchens / Flooring
April 3, 2024 / 6 Minute Read

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Welcome back to our deep dive into the world of bathroom flooring! In Part 1, we covered popular choices like porcelain tiles, vinyl flooring, natural stone, and more, learning how they combine style and functionality. 

As you know, flooring is one of those big decisions that can make or break your bathroom’s function and aesthetic. Hence, it’s important to make the right choice right off the bat. In this post, we’ll explore even more exciting and diverse options for your bathroom makeover. Let’s get started!

1. Cork Flooring

Now, you might think that porous cork wouldn’t fit a damp environment like a bathroom- and you’d be partially right. If you decide to go with this eco-friendly material, you will need to finish it with a water-resistant coating to ensure it stays in shape for a long time.

That said, what cork lacks in convenience, it makes up for in comfort. Not only does it naturally resist moisture, mold, and mildew, but it’s also sustainable. Plus, cork flooring has a soft, warm underfoot and looks undeniably chic.

2. Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is our next top pick for bathroom flooring. Made from linseed oil, tree resin, and wood flour, it has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties that keep mold and mildew at bay. That’s not all. Linoleum flooring is relatively low maintenance and easy to keep clean. All you need to do is sweep and mop it now and then, and you’re good to go.  You’ve also got plenty of design choices with linoleum, as it comes in various colors and patterns, letting you customize your bathroom’s look to fit your style perfectly. Just remember to seal it to protect against moisture.

3. Waterproof Stucco Flooring

Waterproof stucco is a type of plaster that, when properly sealed, becomes completely water-resistant. With it, you won’t have to worry about water damage or all the nasty stuff common to bathroom settings. Moreover, it only needs a simple wipe-down in terms of maintenance. 

Besides being practical, waterproof stucco can give your space a high-end, contemporary look without the pocket pinch. If you’re into the minimalist aesthetic, we suggest you give waterproof stucco a go.

4. Encaustic Tile Flooring

Ever seen a bathroom with bold, intricate tiled floors? It could be encaustic tile. They’re made using colored clays to create long-lasting designs that don’t wear away easily. Each tile has a distinct, artistic, handcrafted look- perfect if you want to make a statement. 

Indeed, encaustic tiles can add a visual punch to your bathroom. Their eye-catching designs can turn a plain space into something special. Choose from various designs to fit your vibe, whether it’s vintage or modern. 

Here’s the catch- installing encaustic tiles flooring needs careful alignment, so it’s best to leave it to professional bathroom remodelers. Also, avoid harsh cleaners to preserve the colors. Remember to reseal them occasionally to help them stay fresh for longer.

5. Marble Bathroom Flooring

When it comes to a luxurious, spa-like feel, few things match up to marble flooring. Although the stone can show signs of wear and tear (and should be sealed before water exposure), many homeowners love it for its timeless appeal and beautiful patina. Plus, it’s strong and can last a very long time. 

While marble floors do tend to get a little cold and slippery, radiant heat and a few well-placed bathmats can take care of this problem hassle-free. You can also clean your marble flooring with gentle, non-acidic cleaners to keep it looking new.

6. Carpet Bathroom Flooring

You won’t come across a carpeted bathroom floor every day. But we’d have to agree that laying soft, textile-based flooring can make your space look like a more relaxing retreat. 

You’re probably wondering, ‘Is carpet flooring even right for a bathroom?’ Well, yes and no. Carpet has a beautiful, warm, and soft underfoot, which is especially pleasant on cold mornings. However, the main downside is moisture. Traditional carpet floors can absorb water and become breeding grounds for mold and mildew. 

If you have your heart set on using carpet flooring in your bathroom, consider carpet tiles or small rugs. These offer the same level of comfort and are easier to clean or replace if they get too damp.

7. Rubber Bathroom Flooring

Rubber flooring is another great choice highly suited to damp bathroom environments. They’re made from either natural or synthetic rubber and are known for their durability. 

One of the biggest perks of rubber floors is they’re slip-resistant. This means you’re less likely to fall and break a limb while rushing through your morning routine. It’s also a huge benefit if you have toddlers who love running around pre-or-post-shower. 

Putting in rubber flooring is straightforward. It often comes in tiles or sheets that you can lay down yourself. Maintenance is easy too – just regular cleaning with mild soap and water can keep it looking good.

8. Zellige Tile Bathroom Flooring

Zellige tile is a great option for anyone who enjoys the varied, imperfect look of homemade tiles. Originating from Morocco, these tiles are known for their vibrant colors and shiny, jagged finish. Each tile is handcrafted from clay and glazed to create a wonderfully textured and reflective surface. 

Like most bathroom materials on this list, zellige tiles are waterproof and stunning. The glossy finish and tone variations can turn your bathroom into an exotic piece of art. 

Laying Zellige tiles needs care to get the look right. For cleaning, stick to gentle products to retain the shine.

The Bottom Line

That’s a wrap on part 2 of our guide on bathroom flooring options. Our goal with this series was to highlight how each flooring material can offer a unique blend of style, practicality, and comfort to your haven of peace.  

As you consider these options, remember to match your flooring choice to your personal style, bathroom usage, and maintenance preferences. We encourage you to visit showrooms and talk to professionals to find the best fit for your needs and taste. 

While you do that, stay tuned for more insightful guides on home renovation, brought to you by OMG Kitchen & Bath! Our team will be happy to answer any questions about bathroom flooring options. And once you’re done choosing, we’ll step in and ensure you get the bathroom remodel of your dreams. 

Ready to bring your vision to life? Get in touch with us today!

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