The bathroom and the kitchen are two spaces in the house that remain in heavy use. In addition, they are probably the wettest areas in the entire house. Thus, if you purchase new flooring for these rooms in your Engadine property, you will need durable and water-resistant floors. In many cases, the bathroom will usually present the biggest challenge in terms of finding a suitable flooring material. Quite a number of houses in Australia feature small bathrooms. Moreover, with showers and baths constantly taking place, these rooms will typically feature pools of water on the floor. Now, it is worth mentioning that wet floors can lead to slips and falls. So, your bathroom floors will need to be slip-resistant too.
Some of the most popular flooring materials used in bathrooms include:
- Ceramic and Stone Tiles: These tiles comprise fired clay with glazing on one side. This glazing gives the tile a decorative finish. It seals it as well – thereby making it waterproof. Tiles come in an array of colours and designs. They are inexpensive too. But, large and smooth tiles could be slippery. In addition, the mortar joints could be prone to staining. Similarly, laying tiles over wooden floors could impede access to the pipes beneath the flooring. Stone tiles ted to be more porous than their ceramic counterparts. Thus, they require proper sealing, which makes them more difficult to maintain.
- Linoleum: These floors typically comprise linseed oil, pine resin, ground cork & wood and other mineral ingredients. Linoleum floors come in a wide range of colours and designs. These floors offer higher levels of flexibility than tiles. In addition, they are more durable than vinyl. For using in your bathrooms, opt for linoleum floors having textured surfaces, impregnated colours and suitable levels of thickness.
- Concrete: Many people might feel that concrete floors are neither pretty nor stylish. But, the types of concrete floors sold these days do not lack on either count. Polishing, colouring and finishing concrete floors is much easier nowadays. So, instead of installing tiles over your concrete floor, consider giving it a slip-resistant finish instead.
- Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is increasingly becoming popular in Sutherland Shire and the neighbouring areas. Vinyl is an artificial and waterproof material. Thus, a vinyl floor cut in a single piece will be water-resistant. However, vinyl tiles are not as water-resistant as vinyl sheets. Vinyl strip flooring is also quite common these days. Suppliers produce these strips to ape the look of wood. Vinyl floors come in all kinds of colours and designs. They are easy to install and clean too.
- Cork: Cork floors can be quite suitable for bathrooms. This is because cork is a soft and warm material. In addition, it resists moulds and mildew naturally. However, it requires regular maintenance and proper sealing. This is especially so because it is a highly porous material.