Spring Remodeling Projects - New Bathroom Floors, What Type of Flooring is Best?

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The expert vendors at DirectBuy give great advise on the best type of flooring to choose for a bathroom remodeling project. A bathroom remodeling is one room that can increase the value of the home, not a remodeling project to cut on the budget.

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Tile is one of the best choices for a bathroom flooring.

It’s spring and spring brings about the chance to remodel some of the more often used rooms in a home, especially a bathroom. When remodeling, the two rooms that will create more value to the home will be the kitchen and bathrooms. It is important not to cut on the budget for these two areas.

Making a choice for the proper flooring in a bathroom requires some forethought and planning on the part of the home owner. There are a variety of flooring choices out there for consideration. Experts from Emmons & Associates who specialize in flooring installations shared a few tips on what to consider when making a flooring choice for a bathroom.

First, let’s start with what to avoid. In addition to the obvious omission of carpet as a choice due to its ability to absorb and hold moisture there are several hard surface materials to consider avoiding as well. Solid wood flooring, particularly of the parquet or tongue-and-groove variety, is not at all recommended for bathrooms, where water is prevalent.

Engineered wood performs better than laminate flooring because its base is of a sturdier, more water resistant plywood base. It’s still not recommended for intense water but it will hold up if you desire it as a final choice.

An inexpensive choice is vinyl tile or sheet vinyl flooring. However, even though it is petroleum based it is a composite material. Vinyl tile squares have seams that water can penetrate. Sheet vinyl is generally seamless or has a minimum number of seams and therefore does a better long term job.

The most effective choice is tile. There are several tile options ranging from ceramic to highly expensive and rare natural stone materials. The most important factor to keep in mind is that natural stone, such as travertine, requires a stone sealer to help reduce the ability of water/moisture to penetrate. Porcelain tile doesn’t allow penetration of moisture and porcelain is a material that many tile manufacturers are using to simulate the look and feel of natural stone materials. The cost of porcelain is generally less than natural stone as well.

When in a high water area, such as the shower or tub surround, tight grout lines are recommended. Grout, even if sealed, will eventually allow moisture to get through and begin subverting the mortar’s hold to the substrate, concrete board. There are stronger grouts with built in additives available on the market today to help alleviate this situation.

Tile manufacturers are also creating tile designs that have the look of wood flooring for those that want that appearance but don’t want to risk moisture/water damage.

Finally, it’s important to do the research and make careful considerations before moving forward with a material order or choosing a contractor for installation.

The experts at DirectBuy can share all of the options in flooring, with a wide range of styles and colors to choose from. Expert vendors like Emmons & Associates are also available for advise and quotes to install the flooring that best fits the room that is being remodeled.

To schedule a savings seminar and learn more about the flooring options that DirectBuy offers, please call 317-472-9817 or for tips to remodeling a bathroom visit bathroomremodel101.com

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