Bathrooms are a high traffic area, so wear is high on the list of priorities along with easy to maintain, hygienic and practical for a water based room.
Vinyl is the popular choice, affordable, simple to maintain, non-allergenic and a waterproof all purpose flooring. The choice of colours, patterns, textures and ‘effects’ on the market is huge.
Popular simulations include all forms of wood, as well as the ever-popular marble, slate, brick, quarry tile and terrazzo.
Simulation designs are not the only types available. There are simple geometric patterns which can look very clean and fresh; mottled, speckled, metallic and flecked finishes; and lively contemporary styles.
Bathroom tiles is another popular choice. The major manufacturers being Karndean and Amtico both offering a hard wearing waterproof flooring in realistic effects such as marble, limestone, slate and ceramic tile.
Carpet can be used in bathrooms and can be luxurious underfoot. However, carpets do crush easily in such a high traffic area. Carpet does not withstand repeated soakings and will eventually rot.