Vinyl flooring is the most popular choice for the bathroom since it is inexpensive, easy to install and easy to clean. Today’s vinyl tiles can mimic the appearance of other flooring materials such as stone, ceramic and wood.
There is a wide variety of ceramic flooring available, making it easy to reflect any style for the bathroom. With just about any shape, size, and pattern imaginable, ceramic tile is also inexpensive. Most styles are under $5 per square foot. You can also select ceramic flooring with different levels of slip resistance.
Pebble stone flooring consists of different pebbles bonded to a mesh backing to create the larger individual tiles. The pebbles can have a natural look like river rocks with varying colors and sizes for your bathroom. Some styles have pebbles with a chiseled, angular look, more like pieces of a mosaic. Still other styles have longer stones that are close together to create more of a layered stripe look. This look is seamless when installed and installation is the same as other tile. However, instead of cutting the tile to fill in those little extra spaces, individual stones are usually used. The stones and grout need to be sealed periodically to prevent mold and mildew. Most styles of pebble stone flooring are in the $10 - $20 per square foot range.
There are natural and engineered limestone tiles you can use for your bathroom floor. While natural limestone looks beautiful, it is a softer and more susceptible to wear and scratches. Because this natural stone is softer, it needs to be sealed regularly. Engineered limestone has the look of natural limestone, but is more durable and has a factory applied protective layer. Limestone comes in a variety of neutral shades like ivory, brown, and grey with veining that adds interest. Average price is $9 - $15 per square foot. Limestone is installed the same as other natural stone tiles and has to be cleaned with a neutral cleaner specifically for stone.
Hexagonal flooring was the standard in bathrooms dating from 1900-1930 and is still a popular choice today. The larger mosaic tiles are made up of smaller 1 or 2-inch hexagons. Tiles can be made from ceramic, porcelain, glass and natural stone like slate or marble. Some hexagonal flooring is plain and others have a pattern. Plain white or white and black is still popular, especially for those going for a vintage look for their bathroom. Many other colors are available and at least partly dependent on the material used. The material will also affect the price, and ranges from $6 - $18 per square foot. Hexagonal flooring can be installed in the same method as other tile and cleaning method will depend on what the flooring is made of.
Herringbone tiles are mosaic tiles made up of smaller rectangle shapes arranged in an interlocking zig-zag pattern. The look can also be achieved by installing smaller individual tiles and arranging them in the same type of zig-zag pattern. However, the laying out of the design and cutting required will be much more difficult. The herringbone pattern adds visual interest to your bathroom. This flooring can be made out of a variety of materials including ceramic and natural stone. Mosaic herringbone is installed, as other tiles are, by setting the tile and grouting over it. Pricing will depend on the material selected, but most herringbone tile falls in the $10 - $20 per square foot range.
Other tips for bathroom flooring
Bathrooms need to be clean and tiles free of germs and mold. So, the first consideration when choosing bathroom tile is to make sure you have time for proper maintenance of your flooring. Be realistic, otherwise you’ll end up spending money on repairs that could have been prevented.
You may want to consider smaller tiles for the bathroom. Bathrooms often have many curved surfaces like toilets and tubs that need to be worked around. Smaller tiles can handle curves better without compromising the overall look.
The professionals at Gowdy Flooring can help select your tile and provide expert installation. If you need additional information about our products and services, call us at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via e-mail. We welcome your visit to our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.