One of the first things on your list when it comes to a bathroom renovation is generally your shower plans. Aside from the style of shower and color of the wall tiles you plan to use, you also need to select complementary flooring. A lot goes into selecting a new floor, but regardless of your aesthetic choice, it is important to select the right material. Merit Kitchen and Bath has put together a list of pros and cons to help you choose the best bathroom floor material for your home.
When water hits the natural stone, it creates a beautiful look that connects you with nature. That being said, the stone is the ideal choice of material for your shower floor. There is a wide range of natural stone floors to choose from, and some of the trendiest options are listed below.
For those who have a luxurious or posh aesthetic, marble is the way to go. White marble is great for showers, while dark marble is good for the rest of the bathroom. It is critical to seal the stone properly to void rusting and mold.
Slate is the most conventional option for shower floors with good reason. The dark, smoky look of the stone is a great contrast to the bright areas of the bathroom. If you are looking for drama, slate is the material to select. Sealing slate will ensure it last for years to come with minimal chipping.
Durability is a great reason to choose granite, especially if you are aiming for a modern aesthetic. Granite is available in an infinite array of color and veining options and also is highly resistant to damage from most cleaning products. Like all-natural stone, it is critical to seal your floor for longevity.
Not everyone can afford natural stone and there are an equal number of people who prefer a brighter appearance. Porcelain and ceramic tile are perfect options for any home. The main difference between the two is the amount of water they absorb, so for humid locations porcelain is a better option.
Ceramic tile is a standard choice for homeowners who are on a tight budget. These tiles are easy to install, come in a range of styles, and are extremely durable.
If you have more of a budget to work with, then versatile porcelain is a great option. It resists scratches and chemicals with ease and is virtually waterproof. Make sure to care for the grout to get the most of your money.
For versatility, cleanliness, and cost-effectiveness, synthetics are the way to go. You can install a prefabricated base made from acrylic or fiberglass that has no grout to maintain. The disadvantage of synthetics is that if any part of the base gets damaged you will have to replace the whole unit.
How We Can Help
If you are in the planning stages or if you are ready to start your bathroom remodel projects, Merit Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Our friendly contractors are standing by at (416) 562-1068 to respond to your questions or set up a consultation.