Some new and fresh choices for bathroom flooring
Bathroom is an integral part of our homes. The flooring in the bathroom is, like the rest of the house, of utmost importance and there are numerous factors that need to be considered while selecting the flooring of a bathroom. The advancements in technology have enabled the creation of some stunning designs and materials which can be installed in the bathroom as flooring. Previously, for instance, ceramic tile seemed an excellent and very popular choice of flooring in the bathroom. Indeed, it still is popular and looks great in the bathroom but it can be said now that ceramic tile is not the only choice of flooring in your bathroom. There are numerous other materials available in the market, which can be installed in the bathroom.
This article explains some new choices in bathroom flooring, which can be installed in your bathroom, if you are thinking to remodel the bathroom and change the existing flooring. There is on option to use glass tiles in the bathroom. According to experts, glass tiles are a very good and popular option. They look extremely good, with stunning visual appearance and provide an excellence and beauty to the bathroom. They also have the option of moving colors, which result in the change in color as the temperature of the bathroom is changed. They come in numerous textures, designs and colors and are a very popular choice of flooring these days. Other fresh choices include wood flooring, modular carpets and bamboo.
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Hardwood floors — whether restored, recycled or installed new — have become one of the most popular choices in every area of the home, and the bathroom is no exception. With a few extra precautions, wood floors can perform as well in bathrooms as they do everywhere else. And unlike most other bathroom flooring choices, wood floors can be periodically refinished and resealed, increasing their practicality.
John Ahlen decided to go with wood flooring in the bathrooms as part of the extensive renovation of his 1890 Queen Anne Victorian just outside Atkins, Ark. (Ahlen has detailed his experiences on his blog, The Devil Queen.)
Nicole Sassaman, an interior designer in southern California, says she loves the warm, inviting look of wood floors in bathrooms, and agrees with Ahlen that taking a few extra steps will pay off.
“Wood is fine in bathrooms. You just have to dry water off of it rather than letting it sit, but you should do that anyway,” explains Sassaman. “Putting extra coats of varnish on it will also help make it more durable.”
Bamboo and Cork
For environmentally conscious homeowners looking for a “green” bathroom flooring option, you can’t do much better than cork or bamboo. These two hip materials are made from tree-like tropical grasses that replenish themselves in the wild every few years.
Bamboo and cork each offer unique properties that can make them good choices for bathrooms. Bamboo floors look similar to traditional wood floors, but are naturally harder and more durable. Cork offers a soft, warm feel on bare feet. Both cork and bamboo are naturally resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria, and both naturally repel moisture, excellent qualities in bathroom floors.
Author: Katie Allison Granju
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