One of the most frequently used rooms in your house would certainly be the bathroom.
Whether it’s washing your teeth, visiting the john, or having a shower, your bathroom is a place of hygiene and relaxation that view other spots in your house can compete with.
That said, your bathroom can only become a place of true relaxation if you turn it into one. To do this, you’ll need to think about decorations, the position of various objects such as your cordless vacuum machine, the shower, the bog, as well as the place where mirror stands. (You know how a well-placed mirror can make the entire room look much bigger than it really is.)
Arguably one of the most important qualities of a well-made and organized bathroom, however, would be the type of flooring as well as the sort of material you cover your bathroom walls with. If it’s well made and durable enough, this place of hygiene can become your new favorite spot in the house! If done poorly – you’ll dread your next teeth washing session, so to speak.
In this article, we’ll talk about the bathroom floors. More specifically, we’ll present to your different flooring options with vinyl – a malleable and relatively inexpensive material that can assume the appearance of wood, stone, tile – you name it! We’ve also prepared a brief list of advantages that come with using vinyl rather than any of its other more expensive counterparts such as pebble, ceramic tile, and porcelain.
Right then, bathroom renovators, here’s what we’ve got for ya!
Types of Vinyl Flooring for Bathroom
As we’ve already said, vinyl is a material that is a proper shape-shifter. Thanks to its nature, you can make it look like wood, stone, or some other surface that you’d like to see as your bathroom floor. In fact, this material is usually used in situations where you can’t really afford a wooden flooring, but would still like to enjoy the resilience and the looks of wood.
When used as a flooring material, vinyl comes in three main shapes – 1) vinyl tiles, 2) vinyl planks, and 3) vinyl sheets. In the first case, vinyl is cut to the size of tiles and is arranged in a similar way. As far as vinyl planks are concerned, the idea is to cut them into elongated strips that resemble wooden planks, so they’re installed in a similar fashion.
Vinyl sheets are slightly more different, as they represent large surfaces of material that is then custom cut to the size that fits your bathroom. Therefore, they most resemble linoleum when it comes to the way they’re installed.
There are many companies nowadays on the market that make vinyl tiles and there are some pretty interesting options to choose from if you’re interested in this type of flooring. One of the best all-around options that are both easy to install and are quite durable once they’re put in place would be the self-adhesive vinyl tiles.
As their name suggests, these tiles already have the glue prepared on them, so you won’t have to worry about buying it separately. All you need to do to install them is to measure your bathroom (so you can know how many you need), and then arrange them according to the pattern that is dictated by their shape.
(An important note: the bare surface beneath needs to be carefully prepared before you begin. It needs to be thoroughly clean and dry, so you can start working. Also, any imperfections such as cracks or bumps must be flattened and corrected beforehand.)
As we’ve already said, vinyl planks are quite similar to vinyl tiles, the only difference being their shape and size. Vinyl planks, as a rule, are larger than tiles, so you need to be more careful about figuring out how many you’ll need when covering the floor of your bathroom.
The thing is, even if you buy too many vinyl tiles, due to their size – you wouldn’t have wasted too much money. On the other hand, if you buy too many planks, that would amount to a larger expenditure grant total.
The procedure for arranging these planks on your floor is fairly similar to how you arrange tiles. Make sure the surface underneath is as clean as a whistle, dry, and free of any bumps and other imperfections, and then just arrange them one next to the other.
(If you need, you can perform minor adjustments to the size of the vinyl on the spot by simply cutting the excess material off of the side of a plank. You can do this with any utility knife – no need for special tools.)
Unlike vinyl tiles and planks, sheet vinyl is a soft material that doesn’t possess the stiffness of its two cousins. That said, this version of vinyl is also fairly durable and reliable, so you don’t need to worry about the lesser quality of vinyl sheets in comparison to other forms of vinyl.
One of the biggest points of differentiation would be the way you lay it down. Tiles and planks are arranged according to their pattern, but sheet vinyl comes in the shape of a larger piece of material that you cut to whatever size you need.
(Of course, when laying it down, you need to pay attention to the surface below. So, dryness, flatness – you know, the same deal as with planks or tiles.)
Advantages of Using Vinyl for Your Bathroom Flooring
Lower Overall Cost
One of the biggest reasons so many people flock to vinyl as their material of choice for a proper bathroom overhaul would be its cost. Which is quite low compared to other materials.
Indeed, it would be difficult to find a material that has such excellent moisture-resistance properties and also has the ability to be made to look like other, more expensive materials! Indeed, vinyl can imitate the appearance of wood, stone, concrete – you name it. (And the beautiful thing is – the cost doesn’t increase if you want your vinyl to look like wood, for example!)
Despite its low cost and pronounced malleability, vinyl is also well-known for its ability to survive a nuclear blast. (Not literally, but it’s quite tough, that’s the point.)
Here’s an interesting thing. Vinyl planks that are made to look like wood and pretty much represent less expensive wood substitutes are actually more durable than the wooden planks they’re supposed to substitute!
What’s more, if we take wood as an example, rotting due to moisture is a prospect you’d need to think about if you have a wooden floor, while this won’t be a problem with vinyl. Also, vinyl is less likely to get damaged or fall victim to various dents than wood.
Ease of Installation
As you have already seen from the passages above, vinyl is quite easy to install. You don’t need to be a professional handyman in order to refurbish your bathroom with a brand new wooden-like appearance of some vinyl planks, for example.
All you need to do to make this happen is get some vinyl (whether as tiles, planks, or in its sheet form), and then measure your bathroom to see how much material you need. (This step would come before buying the materials, come to think of it.) Next, clean up the surface below thoroughly, then carefully arrange the vinyl across the floor, and Bob’s your uncle!
In conclusion, it’d be fair to say that vinyl is one of the best materials when it comes to bathroom flooring. Thanks to its excellent anti-moisture properties, as well as its affordable price, it’s been the ‘weapon of choice’ of many a person in need of a simple and easy-to-install material for covering their bathroom floor! We hope you found this article helpful and wish you the best of luck with giving your bathroom a new attractive and functional vinyl appearance!