Decisions, Decisions: A Complete Guide to Choosing Bathroom Flooring

Mar 12, 2020

A Complete Guide to Choosing Bathroom Flooring

Did you know that most Americans spend 30 to 60 minutes a day in the bathroom? From showering to getting ready in the morning to using the facilities, the bathroom is a popular spot in our homes. Since we spend so much time in the bathroom, an updated and efficient bathroom is a welcome addition.

If you are on the fence about a bathroom remodel, consider how long you’re in there each day as well as the increase in home value your house will have after a remodel. One of the biggest decisions in revamping your space is the flooring. If you’re struggling with your bathroom flooring choices, read on.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

This is the most common bathroom flooring material, as it’s easy to maintain, durable, cost-effective, and there’s a wide variety of colors, shapes, and styles to choose from. One downside of tile is that it’s cold to the touch. If you live in a cold-weather area, you might consider investing in a radiant heating system for under your tile.


Hardwood floors are not as common as tile, but are an option for bathrooms. While wood flooring is water-resistant, it’s not waterproof, so if there is any water damage, it will likely need to be replaced.

It’s best to stick to wood flooring for a half-bath or powder room with no shower or tub. This will minimize the moisture in the room and the chance for water damage.

Vinyl Planks

Luxury vinyl planks are surging in popularity. The price is right, it looks just like wood or tile flooring, it’s a waterproof bathroom flooring option, can be installed over existing flooring, and is easy to install. There are many options to choose from and you might even be able to DIY a vinyl floor.


Travertine is a natural stone material that holds up to moisture and is long-lasting. You do need to get travertine sealed annually, so keep that in mind. There are many different earth tones to choose from and it gives your bathroom a calming, spa-like feel.


If you’re going for an elegant, timeless look in your bathroom, marble is a gorgeous choice. However, it does require a lot of upkeep. It’s a soft stone, so it’s susceptible to scratches and stain. You have to be very careful with a marble floor, so it may not be the best flooring for a bathroom used by kids, for example.

What To Consider When Choosing Bathroom Flooring

The best flooring for your bathroom depends on a number of different factors. First, think about maintenance. How much are you willing to put into cleaning and maintaining the floor? Some floors require sealing while others need lots of scrubbing to keep them clean, especially if there are many grout lines.

You also need to think of whether you plan to sell your home soon. If this is the case, you might want to stick with a more classic, neutral option that will appeal to buyers. The size and style of your bathroom play a role as well. You want to make sure that your design elements are cohesive and that the scale of the tile is right for the size of your bathroom.

What’s Your Favorite?

As you can see, there are a number of different bathroom flooring options you can choose from, depending on your budget, what the bathroom will be used for, and the look you’re going for.

If you’re ready to take on that bathroom renovation, complete our contact form today for a free, no-obligation price quote.