Bathroom Floor


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Old 04-24-05, 04:22 AM
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Bathroom Floor

I am doing a remodel that includes a second bathroom. I am trying to decide between vinyl, tile or hardwood for the floor covering. I know I can have hardwood for about $9/sq foot.

1. In general how do the costs of the three floor coverings compare?
2. Is hardwood dumb for a bath considering the potentially wet conditions?
 
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Old 04-24-05, 06:19 AM
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I wouldn't use hardwood in a bath rm. I like wood but it isn't a good choice where there is a good chance it will get wet. Vinyl is cheaper than tile and will do a good job, however tile will last longer and will hold it's value.
 
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Old 04-25-05, 03:50 AM
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Depends on how well you can control the wet conditions.

If you have kids or a wife who floods the bathroom floor regulary (like I do) then wood would not work.

I vote for tile. For $9 a sq foot, you can get some pretty cool tile.
 
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Old 04-30-05, 01:55 AM
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Actually, I have a husband who regularly floods the bathroom floor. Even worse than wood for flooded floors (bad enough) is carpet, which smells horrible when damp. Which is why I'm trying to choose floor tiles. I'm trying to find tiles which are non-slip because as well as a floor-flooding husband I have an aged mother who's likely to do some wet floor-slipping. Probably Indian slate or some textured suface is good. Any suggestions?
 
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I know of one bathroom where the fir flooring was covered in clear fibreglass. If I look closely there is some glass strand texture and a few tiny bubbles in it, otherwise clear though not crystal clear. There's even a drain set in near the (freestanding) tub, for floods which do happen from time to time. This was done 30 years ago by my father and still no sign of water damage or expansion problems with the softwood flooring beneath.

Works for boats, works for bathrooms.
 
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Old 05-02-05, 02:00 AM
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Non-slip or not, I would always include a bath mat with the rubber backing.
You can throw in the wash or replace if it gets too funky.

My folks have carpet in the bath and have for 30 years (no, not the SAME carpet)
I grew up with it and we never had any problems. It was cheap carpet over linoleum and got replaced frequently.
It was just taped down and held in place with the 1/4 round molding.
I don't care for the look, but my folks didn't care for cold feet coming out of the shower.
 
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Our current bathroom has some tile that's in rough shape from removing a vanity and putting in a pedestal sink. So, we went with carpet.. But what we used is a removable washable carpet that you cut to size. It has a rubber backing and you just throw it in the washer when it needs to be cleaned, I think we got it at Bed Bath & Beyond, but something similar seems to be at the link below:

http://www.towelwholesaler.com/watowabaca5x1.html
 
 

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