Updating the Flooring In Your Bathroom

The flooring in your bathroom has to meet several standards; it has to be beautiful, handle moisture, is easy on bare feet, AND easy to clean. Choosing the right material for your luxury bathroom can not only affect the way the room feels but also play a huge role in the way it functions. As the owner of a luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will want to make sure that your flooring is going to last, so we’re going to talk about robust and trendy styles for your bathroom and how to help you choose!


Porcelain Flooring

Porcelain tiles are quickly one of the most popular choices for bathroom floors. It’s a material that is a mix of quartz, clay, and feldspar fired at high temps, which makes it very dense and nonporous (great for a bathroom!). This flooring comes in tiles, and a wide range of sizes, colors, and textures. This allows you to create exactly the style you want, from natural to modern and still very luxurious.

Pros:
Super tough
Scratch and stain-resistant
Hygienic
Compatible with underfloor heating

Cons:
Cold and hard underfoot
Dirt build-up in grout joints
Tiles can chip (while unlikely) and are unrepairable if they do

Ceramic Flooring

This material is most often made from clay with a glaze on top. Ceramic tiles are softer and more porous than porcelain. They come in a huge range of styles and colors, even down to mimicking other materials like wood.

Pros:
Durable
Stain-resistant
Low maintenance
Compatible with underfloor heating

Cons:
Cold and hard underfoot
Less durable and more like to chip
Chips are more obvious

Encaustic Cement Flooring

This type of flooring often features beautiful patterns and rich colors. They have an authentic and handcrafted look, which can be ideal for luxury homes. They’re made from mineral pigments mixed with cement and pressed into a mold. However, this type of flooring is porous, so it will need to be sealed properly to avoid damage.

Pros:
Slip-resistant
Scratch-resistant
Durable and compatible with underfloor heating
Unlikely to crack

Cons
Color can change over time
Spills need to be mopped up immediately
Sealing can take upward of 10+ days

Travertine Flooring

This type of flooring is a natural and luxurious stone with a high-end look. It comes in many textures like etched, sandblasted, honed, and tumbled - but whatever you do, choose a slip-resistant finish for your bathroom.

Pros:
Hard-wearing
Easy to clean
Compatible with underfloor heating
Cracks can be filled

Cons:
Generally higher maintenance
Needs a strong subfloor
Requires frequent sealing
Can scratch
Feels hard and cold underfoot

Slate Flooring

Slate flooring is dark and velvety, creating a beautiful style for your luxury bathroom. The variations in the tone and markings can make every single tile unique, and you can choose from honed or polished finishes.

Pros:
Easy to clean
Hard-wearing
Long-lasting
Compatible with underfloor heating
Cracks can be filled

Cons:
Needs to be resealed every 12-18 months
Susceptible to scratches
Hard underfoot
Needs a strong subfloor

Marble Flooring

Are you looking for a glamorous flooring for your luxury bathroom? Marble can be just what you’re looking for. It’s timeless, offers a modern luxe feel, and is perfect for natural beauty. It also gives the illusion of more space in a small bathroom when you use a large slab.

Pros:
Compatible with underfloor heating
Easy to clean
Cracks can be filled
Available in many colors and patterns

Cons:
Porous
Susceptible to stains
Scratch and chip easily
Needs frequent sealing

Cork Flooring

This is a very versatile material, and can have a beautiful luxurious style and feel. It comes in an engineered board form, with an option of a moisture-resistant core. It also comes in a variety of colors and looks!

Pros:
Resistant to mold and mildew
Hypoallergenic
Good sound insulation
Recyclable
Warm and soft underfoot
Durable and sustainable

Cons:
Light sensitive, can fade in strong sunlight
Can be difficult to repair
Needs to be sealed
Isn’t compatible with underfloor heating

Polished Concrete Flooring

This is such a trendy style right now, and it can provide a modern and edgy look to your bathroom. You can't beat concrete! You do want to make sure that it’s laid correctly, and it’s important to consider a specialist contractor.

Pros:
Extremely versatile
Durable
Compatible with underfloor heating
Easy to clean
Doesn’t harbor pests
Gets harder over time

Cons:
Porous needs frequent sealing
Can settle and develop small cracks
Very heavy and needs strong support beneath

Rubber Flooring

This type of flooring is both sleek and modern, but it has a softer look than concrete. You can get it as a tile or as a seamless sheet - making it a great waterproof option.

Pros:
Durable and Sustainable
Comes in a variety of colors
Hygienic when it seamless
Compatible with some underfloor heating

Cons:
Not very scratch resistant
Can fade in sunlight
Hard to repair
Polished rubber can be slippery


Ready to Re-Do the Bathroom?

The winter season in your luxury lakefront home at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great time to perform some maintenance. If you have been planning on renovating your bathroom this year, start with the floors and work up! If you will be hiring a design specialist, they should be able to help you choose the best flooring for your lifestyle, but we hope that these tips can give you a place to start.

If you don’t own a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is a great time to purchase. We can help you find the luxury home of your dreams, and with plenty of time, should be able to have you in it before the exciting summer season at the Lake! Ready to find a million-dollar home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Luxury Lake Home can help - visit our website to see some of our luxury real estate listings at the Lake of the Ozarks!


MATTHEW SCHRIMPF
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Lake Ozark Realty

www.LuxuryLakeHome.com

Email: schrimmj@gmail.com

Direct Phone : (573) 365-7333
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