Interior Design & Flooring

Top flooring materials for bathrooms

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 17:22

When you're looking to select the right flooring material for a bathroom, there are more than a few variables to consider. After all, the right bathroom design can help boost the comfort and relaxation a homeowner and his or her guests feel in a house. Like most things in life, you have to start from the ground up to create a successful finished project, and in a bathroom, that means the flooring. The wrong flooring material can make a bathroom dangerous and impractical, not to mention it can increase maintenance work. 
As a result, it's crucial that a bathroom has the right type and finish of material selected, as well as having the right utilities installed properly underneath the floors. A radiant floor heating system boosts comfort in a home because of the consistent delivery of warmth. It's not uncommon for homeowners to walk barefoot across a bathroom, especially in the master suite, which is why it's important to install a heating system that will keep the room comfortable. A radiant floor heating system applies warmth directly to the flooring material, which means those walking across in bare feet are experiencing the pleasure of the system. After installing a radiant floor heating system, it's important to select the right flooring material. This will increase the effectiveness of the utility technology and help promote the creation of an exceptional bathroom. Here are a few of the most popular bathroom flooring options on the market:
1) Ceramic tile. This option is one of the more common features found in a modern bathroom, according to HGTV.com. The material differs from wall tile in size and finish because it is usually 0.5 to .75 inches thick and is textured to prevent slippage when wet. Many homeowners find this as a great flooring option because the tiles come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles, which allows an individual to put his or her own spin on the design without driving up the material costs of a renovation. It's important that a person check out the porosity rating of the ceramic tile he or she is considering, because flooring should remain moisture proof, which requires a certain rating for hygienic and structural purposes.
2) Travertine. A natural stone material that is related to limestone, travertine is growing in popularity in residential and commercial bathroom applications. Travertine comes in a wide range of colors, including ivory, beige, walnut, rose and gold. The addition of various finishes to the natural stone material makes the tiles look even more unique to the space. For a more classic and luxurious look, homeowners may want to consider using polished or honed travertine. In contrast, for a more rustic appearance a brushed or tumbled finish is ideal. 
3) Hardwood. Create warmth and an individual style in the bathroom of your home by installing wood. While the material is often associated with spaces like kitchens and bedrooms, it can easily be incorporated into a bathroom as well. By applying the right finish to the wood, the flooring becomes well protected against the moisture that collects in a bathroom. The stain and refinishing abilities that come with this flooring option allows a homeowner to change the style of the bathroom without the hassle of putting in a new material each time. 
All of these potential bathroom flooring materials work well with a radiant floor heating system. Through the power of conduction, warmth will spread throughout the bathroom to create a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere for a homeowner who needs a little time to recoup from the stresses of the day.