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Top 7 Bathroom Flooring Options

Counting Down...from Worst to Best

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Hardwood Plank Flooring

Hardwood Plank Flooring - "Hardly" the Best Bathroom Flooring Choice

Kellogg Hardwoods
When choosing bathroom flooring, you have the same considerations as you do for flooring for other rooms in your house. Is it durable? Will it stand up to the kids? Does it look nice or tacky? How does it feel under bare feet.

But the main consideration for bathroom flooring is, of course, moisture.

Let's look at your top bathroom flooring options. We're counting down, from worst to best:

7. Carpet

In a Nutshell: "You've got to be kidding..."

A horribly bad choice for bathroom flooring. Moisture and carpeting do not mix. However, if you still must have carpeting in your bathroom, we have pointers from a professional carpet installer

6. Solid Hardwood

In a Nutshell: "Not the best, but if you insist..."

A slightly better bathroom flooring choice than carpet, solid hardwood looks great and feels warm under foot. But moisture kills solid hardwood. Make certain it's perfectly installed, with no gaps for moisture. This likely means hiring installers--unless your day job happens to be that of a hardwood floor installer.

5. Laminate Flooring

In a Nutshell: "A viable choice for bathrooms..."

Surprisingly, laminate flooring is a better bathroom flooring choice than solid hardwood. I say "surprisingly" because laminate flooring is no more than resin-impregnated paper atop a wood chip base. The surface of laminate plank is actually a photograph of whatever it's supposed to be simulating: oak, cherry, slate, marble.

On top of that is what the manufacturers call the "wear layer." The wear layer is a clear layer of melamine. But this wear layer is amazingly strong. DuPont RealTouch, for instance, warrants the wear layer on its line of laminate flooring for 30 years. Because the seams are glued together, it's difficult for moisture to work its way downward.

Laminate is easy to clean, too. But laminate still has that wood chip base, and should it happen to contact with moisture it will expand and bubble and the only way to fix it is to tear it out.

Laminate Flooring Guide for Bathrooms

4. Engineered Wood

In a Nutshell: "Better yet, due to engineered wood flooring's dimensional stability."

Engineered wood is great stuff. It's got a plywood base that holds up well against moisture. And it looks terrific because the top layer is real wood. If you want the wood flooring look in a bathroom, engineered wood is the best choice.

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