How to decide on flooring for bathrooms?


Redoing an 1930 cottage bathroom. Any suggestion on a good waterproof flooring?

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 05, 2019

    Ceramic tile. Make sure you install 1/2" concrete board over your 3/4" plywood subfloor. Ceramic would also be age appropriate. Think black and white basket weave.

  • Jerry Jerry on Mar 05, 2019

    Depends on whether you have a wood floor or concrete. I have a 117 year old house with wood floor and we tried ceramic tile. Big mistake! Wood floors move all the time and all the grout cracked. I don't care what kind of subfloor you put down you will have cracks. Vinyl will stretch and you will not have the cracks. The same thing happened with the pebble tek floor we put down in the kitchen - a couple of very noticeable cracks.

  • We have a house built in the early 1900's and plan on putting down tile soon. We'll use 1/4" cement board over the subfloor before we put down the ceramic tile. Black and white hexagon tiles were very popular back when your house was built and would look very appropriate. That's what we plan on using too.

  • William William on Mar 05, 2019

    I always recommend self stick vinyl plank flooring for bathrooms, kitchen, and basements.. Looks like ceramic tile, porcelain tile and wood. Easy to put down, more waterproof than any other flooring. and less maintenance.

  • At my mom's house built in 1926, I used glazed ceramic tile, and that house is on a raised foundation. Has gone through a number of earthquakes with little to no damage. If I had to do them again, I would use one of the new vinyl products. They take a beating, super easy to maintain.

  • Tile is always a good idea. It's waterproof and looks nice. It comes in so many finishes and patterns.

  • Heidi H Heidi H on Feb 13, 2021

    We remodeled our bathroom 5 years ago. I was going to use a tile floor, and decided it would just break down over time because husband is in a motorized wheelchair. He and the chair weigh 650 lbs! So we went with a tile product. The man at the flooring store said this was indestructable. After 5 years I have seen no damage at all. I clean it with a Swiffer mop. Always cleans easily and looks like new. No wear that I can see, even with the chair rolling in and out and turning around. No grout needed either so no sealing or scrubbing. You can also get wood-look or tile. Mine looks like slate tile. It is called Luxury Vinyl Tile, or LVT. Not cheap, but it will last forever! Also we did use floor tile glue becàuse the chair torques the tiles when it twists when turning.