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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

What is the best type of flooring for a bathroom?

We have WHITE vinyl now and I hate it, been considering high quality laminate but am unsure about waterproof-ness around toilet area. Please help!

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The answer to this question is subjective and based purely on opinion. But here goes. I've been a professional carpet and tile and grout cleaner for nearly fifteen years. During this time I've been in thousands of homes and businesses and seen every flooring type possible in bathrooms, so I've formed a few opinions.

Obviously, carpet should be a big no-no. Tile and grout is great and relatively easy to clean, but the grout lines around the stool will get stained over time. At that point even when the floor is clean it still looks dirty because the grout lines are yellowish or brown.

As you mentioned vinyl doesn't always look the best. It also yellows and becomes discolored over time. A good quality laminate would be a good choice but you have to make sure it's water resitant. Many laminate products say right on the box not to get it wet. It will swell and buckle quickly. However, many restaurants use laminate flooring in bathrooms and bar areas and it holds up just fine under tremendous use because they have invested in a good product.

Another choice would be linoleum. Linoleum has fallen out of favor because there are so many modern alternatives, but it is still a fantastic choice. It doesn't have to look old fashioned or out of Currently there is a dazzling array of patterns and colors that may truly amaze you. It's definitely worth looking into. You get extreme water resistance, no grout lines, no discoloration, and hundreds of to choose from. It's also easy to install and long lasting. Also, many people don't realize this but linoleum is made out of renewable materials like pine resin and cork so it's a great "green" choice.

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