Bathroom Flooring-Unique Bathroom Floor Ideas
Choosing the correct flooring is extremely important. There is a cliché which says, “You get what you pay for.” There are various types of flooring as well as prices. When choosing flooring, the cost may enter into your decision, but cheapest may not be the worst and the most expensive does not necessarily mean the best. There are several factors involved that should help you in making your final decision. To begin with, you want to know exactly which rooms are areas where you intend to replace your flooring simply because the same type of flooring is not appropriate in every room of your home.
High moisture areas will, over time, present a problem if you make the wrong choice. Many people will opt for the tradition vinyl or natural ceramic tiles which work well for the bathroom. These types of flooring are easy to maintain, and resistant to mildew problems. The primary issue is that ceramic tiles will need the grout sealed in order to make cleaning easier. There are several unique bathroom floor ideas that are appropriate for the bath and shower, as well as being able to create a unique look.
Glass tile will work anywhere that ceramic tile can be used. It is perfect for bathroom flooring due to high levels of moisture and changing temperatures. Glass tiles are durable. Typically, they will not break or chip. However, a smooth surface is slippery when wet. It may be wise to choose glass tile that has a sandblasted surface. A mop and glass cleaner, or vinegar and water is all that you need to keep you glass tile floor clean.
Cost: Glass tiles found at home improvement centers may be sold separately. The sizes of these tiles are typically 12'' x 12'' at a cost of approximately $4.99 per tile. You can also purchase your glass tiles in sheets at variable prices. To figure out what the cost of the tiles will be is to calculate the total square footage of that area that is to be covered.
Bamboo is an Eco-friendly type of flooring, that is extremely durable. Bamboo is not a wood, but a grass. Bamboo is a material that is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria. It has a natural repellant against moisture making it a perfect selection for bathroom flooring.
For those who like the look of wood, you can have that with bamboo floors. Bamboo is also more durable than wood. Bamboo floors do have a factory finished applied, be sure that the finish is formaldehyde-free. Bamboo will withstand high humidity areas by simply allowing the flooring to acclimate for no less than 72 hours, with boxes opened and laid flat in the room where it is to be installed. When this is done, high humidity should not affect the floor.
Maintaining bamboo floors is not that difficult. To prevent dirt, dust and grit from dulling the finish, sweeping or vacuuming on a regular basis is all that is necessary. Gentle liquid dish soap that is diluted with water is a sufficient way to for a thorough cleaning. Avoid the use of cleaners that contain acid, oil or other caustic ingredients. Although vinegar and water is used for other types of flooring it is not recommend for bamboo. Never apply any type of wax to this type of flooring. As with wood floors, you can have bamboo floors refinished.
The cost of bamboo floor ranges upward to approximately $7 per square foot, with an additional charge for professional installation.
Pebble flooring is not a new concept. It has been used for flooring, dating back to the ancient Greeks, and part of architectural designs in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Pebble floor has become available in the USA more recently (less than 20 years). The pebbles come in flat, round or river rock in a variety of colors. The pebble tiles can be obtained in one solid color or a monochromatic style that is finished or unfinished, with or without a glaze. Once installed they should be covered with a sealant to prevent the loosening of any of the pebbles. The life is pebble flooring is essentially “forever.”
Maintenance is not difficult. You can clean the pebble floor with a a neutral mild detergent, a vinegar solution, or a 10% hydrochloric acid solution mixed with water. Apply with a stiff bristled brush and then rinse off with water. If you need further assurance as to the correct way to care for and clean your new floor, follow the recommendations of your manufacturer. Often the manufacturer will recommend specific cleaning products. Using the products that are recommended will certainly assure you that the cleaning product does not have any harmful chemicals that may damage your bathroom flooring.
Cost: The cost varies. One example of cost, approximately $165, for an area that is 5 sq. feet. The factors that involve cost is the size, thickness, and finish of the pebble tiles. Loose pebbles have an average cost of $10 per pound, requiring approximately 2 pounds to cover 1 sq. foot.
All three of these types of flooring are durable and easy to maintain. Not only will they provide a unique look to your bathroom, you can use a combination of materials such as glass and stone for a more unique look. Of course you can create mosaic and other designs, whether it be the bamboo, glass or pebble flooring.
Sometimes when we look at a product online, we may find what we believe is the perfect shade or color only to be disappointed when we receive the actual product. We may also go out searching for our new flooring, only to find out that it does not fit the color scheme or design that may have in mind. One way to avoid these disappointments, having to return product, is to contact the manufacturer or supplier for free samples, or to invest in samples before making a final decision. With a bit of reseach, price comparison you will find the appropriate bathroom flooring that will fit your budget. You can use your own imagination and sense of design, or you can search the Internet, home magazines, or as your local flooring retailer for unqiue bathroom floor ideas.