Bathroom flooring. Has anyone used Bamboo flooring in the bathroom. Any info is helpful, especially the negative
Bamboo will work but tile is always the best in wet areas! It cleans up easy and will last a lot longer in wet areas. Bamboos range widely in quality so make sure you know what you are getting.
Only you can talk yourself out of it! :-) If that's what you love, get it! Your house, you have to live with it! There really isn't a "right" or "wrong", just what's right for you. Pretty much any floor finish (within reason) if installed properly will be just fine. If you go with what you truly love, there will be no regrets down the road.
Melanie...tile where?....Tile is the hands down best for kitchens, baths, laundry, entries, utility rooms. In some climates it is even good for bedrooms...ie: tropical beach type homes. My home only has carpet in two of the back smaller and out of the way bedrooms...every thing else is tile or hardwood...tile in all of the baths kitchen etc. BTW who is trying to talk you out of tile?
Tile in the bathroom. Some relatives and friends have said not to get it. I really like the look of it. I have 3 kids, and i worry about it chipping or cracking if something gets dropped on it. Its our only bath. I want something easy to clean and durable. Our home is older and the walls and ceiling are the old smaller tiles. We are planning to remodel soon. Our floor is vinyl. How often do tiled floors need regrouted?
With proper prep (ie: backer ..set and screwed over a sound subfloor) the grout will last 20 years or more. Sealing it every couple of years will make your cleaning regime easier. I've seen tile that was 30 and 40 years old and still going strong. In many installs I have done the addition of a radiant heating element adds a very nice touch. http://www.hometalk.com/Kevin/project/2181
We have gas in our home, can we put only the radiant heating in the bath, and about how much extra do you think it costs? My husband would be doing all the work.
If you have an unfinished basement, or access to the subfloor thru a drop ceiling, you can add radiant flooring to the entire level of the house. See www.suntouch.com. When installing the radiant floor in a tiled situation, extreme care must be taken in laying the mesh and covering with thinset..........one nick in the wire and you have major problems. In terms of cost, overall you are looking at approximately $1.50 per sq ft which cover all materials, thermostatic control and a dedicated 20AMP electrical circuit. And there is nothing like a warm tile floor in the winter months when step on it.
Another company is "warmly yours" http://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/ If have installed both of these (suntouch too) these system are designed to install above the subfloor. I have suntouch installed in my master bath...its great.
I've used Warmly Yours for years now with great success. I continue to use them to this day. Excellent product, pricing, and customer service. Best of all, it's an electric mat requiring very little prep and installs easily on top of the subfloor as described by KMS. It's not really sufficient for primary heating, but will make tile floors feel warm underfoot per its design. Highly recommend.