12 Factors to Consider When Choosing New Bathroom Flooring
When planning a bathroom renovation, the flooring is an important aspect to get right, and a number of essential considerations need to be made. Not only will you want your bathroom floor to look beautiful, but it will need to withstand the heavy-duty usage that most other rooms do not have to endure. At Granite and TREND Transformations, we love to help you create luxury, long-lasting bathrooms, where you enjoy spending your time, so have created a list of 12 considerations for your bathroom flooring to assist in guiding you with your choice.
With new advances in technology, there are more options available for your bathroom flooring than ever before, including:
- Laminate flooring
- Ceramic or porcelain tiling
- Solid hardwood or engineered wood flooring
- Vinyl or linoleum flooring
- Natural Stone Tiling
- Polished concrete
- Rubber flooring
- and our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces (uniquely engineered from granite, quartz, porcelain or eco-friendly recycled glass)
Each of these materials has its pros and cons, and the best choice depends upon what your needs are. By evaluating the remaining factors below, you can make an informed choice on what works best for you and your family’s needs.
2) Colours and moods
The colours you choose for your bathroom floor will have a significant effect on the mood you’re looking to set for your room. With a wide variety of colours to select from, there’s sure to be a shade that creates your perfect bathroom ambience. Cool, muted blues will be calming and soothing, whereas richer, deeper colours will add warmth but could also make a smaller room feel darker. Go neutral for a classic, long-lasting look or select brighter colours for a more dramatic, contemporary style. Alternatively, add a touch of sparkle and glamour to your bathroom with flooring that incorporates quartz or recycled glass.
Granite and TREND Transformations use high-quality Italian granite or quartz, porcelain or recycled glass for their flooring and surfaces. Via our innovative manufacturing processes, we can create unique and visually stunning build-ups of subtle layers with different colours, patterns, and textures. The result is a luxurious and beautiful one-of-a-kind product, custom-made to your requirements.
3) Complementing the surroundings
When selecting the style, colour and finish of your bathroom floor, consider how it will work with the other elements in the room. Crucially, how will it complement your bathroom suite? Are you looking for one harmonious colour and style or would you prefer a contrast between your bathroom flooring, suite and walls? If you are giving an en suite bathroom a makeover, it is also worth considering the colours in the bedroom and aiming to create a consistent flow of style between the two rooms.
4) Water resistance
Although all bathroom flooring needs to offer some extent of water resistance (a reason why carpets in bathrooms have become a rarity), the level of this need will vary depending on your circumstances. For obvious reasons, with shower and wet rooms, being totally waterproof is a priority. Families with young children, where splashes of water are more likely to be a frequent occurrence, may also rate this factor highly. Granite and TREND Transformations make surfaces that can stand up to regular water contact. Our shower and wet rooms are fully waterproof and designed to allow water to flow easily into your drain.
When evaluating waterproof surfaces, it is essential to consider the hazards of a wet floor. Particularly if your family includes young children, older adults or vulnerable people, be sure to check the flooring is slip-resistant, like that of our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces.
5) Moisture and mould resistance
A pristine bathroom floor can soon start to deteriorate with black mould appearing if consideration is not given to moisture resistance. A well-ventilated bathroom or one that is not used regularly for baths or showers may not succumb to lingering moisture so easily. However, if you are wiping steam from your bathroom mirrors almost daily, then the effects from these damp surfaces need to be addressed. In these circumstances, the benefits from our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces’ built-in moisture protection will be of definite value. With our specialist, proprietary polymer resin, ForeverSeal®, all our surfaces are non-porous, resistant against mould and mildew and never need to be sealed.
The bathroom may only be second to the kitchen in its requirement to withstand heavy-duty usage. Besides regular foot traffic, it needs to endure heat, moisture, and the chemicals used in bathroom cleaning products. Therefore, for a frequently used bathroom, it is essential to choose hard-wearing flooring.
The leading technology that we use to manufacture our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces means that it is not only strong and durable but also lighter and thinner (at just 6.7mm (1/4”) thick). With built-in ForeverSeal® protection, our surfaces are not only moisture resistant but also withstand heat, stains and scratches. Its strength has been tested to the extreme, where it has even survived a dropped bowling ball, totally unsupported.
Few people enjoy spending their free time scrubbing clean bathroom walls and floors or using harsh chemicals to remove unsightly build-ups of mould. When choosing your bathroom flooring, its ease of cleaning will be an essential factor for most people. Surfaces, such as tiling, either ceramic or porcelain, with grout in-between will need regular and careful attention, whereas solid flooring will be easier to maintain. Our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces are also easy to clean. Just a cloth with warm soapy water or a mild household cleaner will keep them looking their best.
Now, more than ever, how we keep our living spaces hygienic and safe is an important consideration. Choosing easy-to-clean flooring, as above, will facilitate healthier, more hygienic surfaces. Still, some materials are better than others at avoiding the build-up of unhealthy bacteria between cleaning regimes. For example, carpet and wood are more likely to hold onto dirt and residue that can encourage the presence of bacteria, mould, and fungi. And while non-porous flooring is less susceptible to this build-up, our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces go one step further. By providing cutting-edge, built-in antimicrobial technology from Microban® that lasts for the lifetime of your product, we can help keep your floors and surfaces cleaner between cleans. This 24/7 protection creates an inhospitable environment for microbes, inhibiting bacteria growth and reproduction and putting your mind at ease that your bathroom is more hygienically clean.
9) Underfloor heating
Hard flooring, such as ceramic or stone tiling or polished concrete, can be cold underfoot. Therefore, it is worth considering installing underfloor heating to keep the room and your feet warm, particularly in winter. Tile and stone, including the materials used to manufacture our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces, have good thermal conductivity and retain the heat well, making the system more efficient.
10) Added value
A bathroom makeover is one of the more long-lasting changes that you can make to your home and one which can add value to your property. According to Property Price Advice, a new bathroom has the potential to add 3-5% to the value of your home. Therefore, choosing new bathroom flooring should be looked upon as an investment, where thoughtful decisions can deliver better returns. If moving is on the horizon in the future, choose flooring that has a long product lifetime and will still look pristine when it comes to putting up the ‘For Sale’ sign.
The choice of material for your bathroom flooring will affect the installation time with some materials being trickier to install than others. If you dread the inconvenience of your bathroom being out of action for a significant period of time, check in advance with your supplier to find out how long installation will take.
Granite and TREND Transformations offer the unique ‘top that fits on top’ with all our surfaces. Made specifically to your requirements and curved to follow the contours of your bathroom perfectly, your new etherium® by E-Stone flooring can be fitted directly onto your existing one and bonded permanently. This means that the installation process is much quicker – often less than a day. There are none of the usual upheavals, and with no demolition, there is no builder’s waste created.
Taking care of our environment is a consideration that we can no longer afford to ignore when embarking on home improvements. And long before environmental practice headlined, Granite and TREND Transformations declared a commitment to implementing processes that protect and preserve our planet and its resources. Some of the eco-friendly measures we have taken include:
- Developing manufacturing processes that use 60% less raw materials and more post-consumer recycled glass (up to 72%)
- Designing manufacturing facilities that significantly reduce water consumption, pollutants and packaging materials
- Collaborating with leading environmental organisations, architects and designers to promote sustainable building practices
With these strategies in place, we feel that we’ve proven that you can have a high-quality, luxury bathroom or kitchen surface without a costly impact on the environment.
Replacing a bathroom floor may seem like a simple change, but its fundamental role in the home means that it’s worth careful consideration. If you’ve reviewed your checklist and would like to know how Granite and TREND Transformations can tick your boxes, please get in contact with our design consultants, who would be pleased to explore the options with you.