Bathroom flooring options deserve all the attention to detail we can give. It is crucial to make safety a priority when choosing a bathroom floor plan because this is one place where moisture and water rule.
You should not be careless in this regard because statistics show how often bathroom falls end up with a fatality. Every part of the bathroom’s base floor, including the shower and standing areas, needs to have non-slip materials installed, while aligning with your choice of design and style.
Manufacturers are well aware of the safety element, and thankfully, the market is ripe with a large variety of non-slip bathroom flooring options for your home. There are several non-slip bathroom flooring options to choose from. We recommend any of the following options:
The Safest Bathroom Flooring Options
Non-Slip Vinyl Flooring
The top choice for non-slip flooring is definitely vinyl. Apart from its practicality, affordability and the wide array of available styles, vinyl flooring has a higher tendency to withstand heavy traffic and moisture. This makes it a perfect choice for your bathroom and other high traffic areas, like entries and the kitchen.
Slip resistance is a must for several manufacturers, which explains why you can easily find a vinyl flooring style in the markets. The material is resistant to water damage and staining, particularly because it is waterproof. Manufacturers ensure it is resistant against heavy traffic, as well. Vinyl flooring holds up against the heaviest of traffic, including wheelchairs, kids and pets.
While no flooring option provides a 100% non slip guarantee, there are products that offer higher protection than others. Luckily, vinyl products come with built-in padding, unlike ceramic tile, for instance, should you take an accidental fall.
When shopping for your vinyl bathroom flooring, we recommend looking for vinyl products with extra underlayment. This will minimize the impact of the fall on your body, so you avoid serious or fatal injuries. The flooring experts at Floor Crafters are well educated with the vinyl products that have this extra feature, as will make recommendations based on the style you like.
Vinyl is not just affordable, but also quite versatile. Vinyl can look like ceramic tile, wood, and other flooring materials, so you can get the style you envision and the safety of non-slip vinyl. Vinyl comes in large sizes, but you can install it with minimal seams to fit a small bathroom. You can also find it in plank or tile styles. Floor Crafters has hundreds of options for vinyl flooring, and can also install it for you.
If you’re working with a bigger budget, natural stone is the ideal anti-slip bathroom flooring option. No one can deny the aesthetic attraction and durability benefits of natural stone, and one can almost sacrifice their precious savings for it.
Natural stone is not only slip-resistant and safe; it's in a class of its own. Manufacturer’s texture the stone to mitigate the slip factor. Textured or sandblasted stone is usually the best option for a non slip surface.
The only drawback with natural stone, is that it is a higher-end flooring option, and not in everyone’s budget. You’ll note, however, that natural stone has the highest performance ratings in terms of safety and also features a fantastic resale value, should you plan to sell your home down the road.
Cork / Bamboo
You may not find cork or bamboo flooring in bathrooms often, but they are a good option for certain bathroom settings. Many people prefer these two products due to reduced sound travel, but other features also add to the attraction. You can incorporate bamboo or cork into your bathroom flooring as per any trendy design and style.
These two products can be both a blessing and a curse at the same time, so you need to give careful consideration before going for this option. Bamboo and cork are both slip-resistant materials that tend to absorb moisture quickly, so you will hardly find any wetness on the surface, significantly minimizing the chances of slipping on it. On the other hand, this same feature could be problematic by accumulating mold and mildew. Mold can easily form if the moisture trapped inside does not dry fast and thoroughly, so anyone in a particularly humid environment should take this into consideration.
If you do plan to invest in a cork or bamboo flooring, planning in advance can save you down the road. Make sure the area where the flooring will be installed has sufficient ventilation, so that moisture dries out quickly and does not build up. The professional design and install team at Floor Crafters can tell you if the area has adequate airflow, and can make recommendations on improving it, if it does not.