How to choose bathroom flooring

Your essential guide to bathroom floor coverings

What is the best type of flooring for a bathroom, we hear you ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place. From ceramic and porcelain to laminate and vinyl – it’s safe to say there are lot of options out there. But we can’t stress this enough, please, just don’t pick carpet!

Your bathroom floor needs to be slip resistant, easy to clean, and able to stand up to the constant splashes from your morning showers and evening baths.

As well as style preferences, the type of flooring you pick will depend on your lifestyle. A hectic family bathroom will need a durable and hard-wearing floor, while the downstairs loo will need to be easy to maintain. And if you’ve got young children, then you’ll want your flooring to hold up to bath time mayhem. These are all things to have in mind when choosing the best material for your bathroom floor.

We’ll help you on your quest to finding the best bathroom flooring for your home…

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Ceramic tiles

Perfect for muddy footprints, rainy days, and accidental spillages. Water-resistant ceramic tiles are a great choice for your bathroom floor. They are glazed, resistant against stains, and water damage.

Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for bigger bathrooms, as they are affordable, hard-wearing, and easy to cut and shape. Choose from a wide variety of colours, shapes, and sizes to suit your style. The slip resistance will vary across our range of ceramic tiles, so please check the product information before installing in your bathroom.

Top tip

If you have a small bathroom, why not install matching floor and wall tiles for a streamlined look?

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Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5% of water, whereas ceramic and other material tiles can absorb a lot more. The clay used for porcelain tiles is denser and therefore less porous – making it an ideal candidate for a steamy shower room.

As porcelain tiles are extremely hard wearing and durable, they’re a great fit for a busy family bathroom. The slip resistance will vary across our range of porcelain tiles, so please check the product information before installing in a wet room.

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Luxury vinyl click

Liven up your bathroom with luxury vinyl click flooring. It’s water and heat resistant, making it the ideal choice for a humid environment. Choose from a variety of styles, including mosaic, stone tile, and parquet wood effect.

There’s nothing worse than getting out of a warm bath or shower and feeling the cold contrast of a chilly floor. Luckily for you, our luxury vinyl click flooring is suitable for use with underfloor heating, so you can always have warm feet no matter the time of year!

We recommend using luxury vinyl click flooring underlay panels for optimal fitting and performance.

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Water-resistant laminate flooring

Who says you need to break the bank for a luxurious looking bathroom? Create a beautiful look in your bathroom with our water-resistant laminate flooring. It’s incredibly easy to lay thanks to its simple click system, so you’ll be able to install your flooring in no time at all. Yes, even DIY novices can give it a go! Pick from a range of stunning finishes, from dark grey oak to black slate effect.

Our water-resistant laminate flooring has Scratch Guard technology, making it resistant to scuffs. It’s also suitable for use with underfloor heating!

If you’re fitting water-resistant laminate flooring in your bathroom, make sure to use pe foam and Hydrokit joint sealant to ensure longevity and to prevent any moisture related problems from arising.

Self-adhesive vinyl tiles

They may sound old-fashioned, but vinyl tiles are making a comeback! Also known as peel and stick tiles, our self-adhesive vinyl tiles are a simple and cost-effective way of updating the look in your bathroom. They’re hygienic, waterproof, and easy to wipe clean. Available in a variety of fashionable styles, including marble, geometric tile, and Moroccan tile effect. We’re confident you’ll find something to suit your taste.

Not to mention installation is a breeze, as the only tool you’ll need is a utility knife! The peel and stick function means less mess, and no dust is created when laying self-adhesive vinyl tiles.

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Underfloor heating

More and more of us are enjoying the benefits of underfloor heating in our homes. It’s well-suited to small rooms where a radiator takes up valuable space and it means the warmth is evenly distributed around the room instead of just one area. Plus, it feels great on bare feet on cold winter mornings.

Some flooring doesn't work with underfloor heating, so if you're interested in adding it, check your preferred flooring's product details before buying to avoid disappointment.

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Bathmats and accessories

If you want extra peace of mind, a slip resistant bathmat will help to absorb any excess moisture in your bathroom. Not only that, but they also look lovely and add a comforting finishing touch to your space. Choose from a wide range of funky colours and patterns, we’ll have something to suit the style in your home.

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Our installation service

Our installation service makes it even easier to bring your dream bathroom to life. We work with approved installers to coordinate your project from start to finish.

As well as fitting your design to your specification, our installers can complete the finishing touches to save you the hassle.

We provide a 2-year workmanship guarantee in addition to any product guarantees. We hope you’ll never need to use our guarantees, but peace of mind is always a good thing to have. Plus, our range of flexible payment and finance options means you can find a plan to suit you.

Find out more about our installation service and book a free planning appointment to get started.