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Choosing A Bathroom Floor Designing a bathroom that fits your unique style can be an exciting project. Whether you’re looking to create a relaxing adult sanctuary or a safe and playful bathroom for kids, we have thousands of bathroom flooring products, one of which is sure to make a splash in your home. Many styles offer both durability and aesthetic appeal, but it's equally important to find one that can stand up to a high-moisture environment. Below is an overview of the Armstrong flooring options that meet moisture resistance, performance, and design needs in a bathroom setting. Engineered Stone Tile Flooring If your design demands bathroom flooring with the look of natural stone or ceramic tile, consider Alterna™ engineered stone tile. Like stone and ceramic, Alterna tile is beautiful and durable, but Alterna offers a more comfortable surface that is kinder to your feet. View Alterna Tile Collection Luxury Vinyl And Vinyl Sheet Flooring Vinyl flooring is prized for its versatility. It can be installed anywhere in your home, but with its superior resistance to moisture, vinyl is an excellent choice for your bathroom. Duality™ Premium vinyl flooring is engineered with a fiberglass structure for long-lasting performance. This floor also offers superior visuals including enhanced dimension, depth of color, and stunning definition. Luxe Plank® luxury vinyl is an innovative, water-resistant flooring that captures authentic hardwood and stone looks. View Luxe Plank Collection Laminate Flooring Laminate has come a long way from what you remember at your grandma’s house. Known for its easy maintenance and durability, laminate is a smart choice for your bathroom design. From rustic, hand-scraped wood to natural stone and tile looks, you’re sure to find a laminate floor that blends seamlessly with your style and colors. Engineered Wood Flooring When designing a half bath or powder room, engineered wood flooring is a viable option. This real-wood flooring is highly resistant to changes in temperature and humidity. Armstrong offers a wide range of wood species including red oak, smoky hickory, and creamy light maple. Due to the higher moisture content in full baths, we recommend choosing engineered stone, laminate, vinyl, or luxury vinyl flooring for baths that include a tub or shower. Need more bathroom design ideas? There are countless bathroom designs that can make your bathroom your own. Spanish mission? Country farmhouse? Tropical oasis? Whatever style you choose, we have bathroom flooring ideas that can pull it all together beautifully. Browse our bathroom gallery for inspiring ideas from interior designers. Browse Bathroom Gallery
Ceramic Tile Flooring Durable and easy to clean, tile is a practical flooring choice for the bathroom. Ceramic tile comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles, some of which mimic the look of natural stone. Textured designs help prevent slippage. Image courtesy of Mohawk Ceramic Porcelain Tile Flooring Porcelain tile is fired at higher temperatures than ceramic, making it more durable and less porous. Today's homeowners are opting for larger floor tile —12x12 or 18x18 inches — to reduce grout lines. Image courtesy of Mannington Mills, Inc. Stone Tile Flooring Usually made from travertine, limestone, marble, granite or slate, natural stone lends a high-end look to a bathroom. This type of tile is the most expensive, but it lasts a lifetime. Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects Elaborate Tile Designs Many designers are thinking beyond basic square tile when installing bathroom floors, incorporating unusual shapes and small mosaic tiles. Here, a mix of marble, limestone, and onyx mosaics produces a one-of-a-kind tile floor. Image courtesy of AKDO Heated Tile Floors Tile floors can be hard and cold underfoot, but radiant floor heating systems provide a solution. These systems can be installed under tile — as well as hardwood and other popular flooring surfaces — to create a warm surface to step on after a hot shower or bath. Image courtesy of WarmlyYours Photo By: Warlmy Yours Vinyl Flooring A budget-friendly bathroom flooring option, vinyl is durable, low maintenance and soft underfoot. Vinyl tiles can mimic the look of ceramic, porcelain, stone or hardwood, and they're warmer to the touch than traditional tiles. Image courtesy of Congoleum Corporation Linoleum Flooring Linoleum flooring is making a comeback as a new generation discovers its benefits. An all-natural alternative to vinyl, this surface is extremely durable and comes in a wide variety of colors, from quiet neutrals to vibrant hues. Image courtesy of Forbo Marmoleum Laminate Flooring Laminate floors combine the look of hardwood with a stain- and moisture-resistant surface, making them a great choice for the bathroom. This strong flooring material withstands traffic and looks great for years. Image courtesy of Pergo Carpet Tiles While wall-to-wall carpet is not practical in the bathroom, carpet tiles can add warmth and softness to a bathroom floor. If the carpet gets wet, the squares can easily be pulled up to dry. Image courtesy of FLOR
Heated floors. Tile as a bathroom floor is easy to maintain, attractive and available in so many options. But it can get awfully cold. Radiant heating uses a hydronic or electric system to warm the floor from underneath. Hydronic systems involve rubber tubing that is installed under the floor and a hot water heater is used to heat up water, which circulates through the tubes and radiates warmth up and through the floor. Electric radiant heating is more economical and simpler to install—plus, it’s ideal for heating a single room if you’re not investing in a whole-house system. A thin electric panel containing heat-resistant wire is installed under the floor. Using a thermostat and timer, you can rev up the floor temperature when you use the space. This option can cost about $600 for a small bathroom.
Features & Benefits Improved technology and manufacturing means that flooring options are better than ever, with multiple colors, patterns and textures available in every material. Solid Hardwoods Can be sanded and refinished, so you won’t have to worry about replacements Considered the best of the best in flooring Add to a home’s value for a higher resale price Offer a variety of colors, finishes and species to suit your style Varying levels of durability to support your home's activity level Hypoallergenic Easy to clean – no more embarrassment over carpet stains Some insulation properties reduce drafts and may lower energy bills Shop hardwood. Engineered Hardwood Expands and contracts less than solid hardwood, allowing installation on all levels of the house, including the basement Available in a variety of colors, finishes and species Costs less than solid hardwoods Easier installation than traditional solid hardwood May be installed over a concrete slab May be used with radiant heat Shop engineered hardwood. Laminate Scratch-resistant and durable Click-together installation makes installation quick and easy Low-cost Low maintenance – it's easy to clean and stain-resistant May be installed over most existing floors Resists fading from UV light Shop laminate. Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone Tile Waterproof – so it's good for use in kitchens, bathrooms and basements Low-maintenance Natural stone tile increases a home’s value for improved resale Natural stone tile offers consistent color throughout the tile, not just on the surface New styles, colors and textures, like wood-look tile, make it an attractive option for every room Relatively easy repair – only replace damaged pieces, not the entire floor Easy installation Shop tile. Sheet Vinyl/Vinyl Tiles Attractively affordable New production processes create a wide variety of colors, as well as realistic-looking patterns and textures Quiet Water-resistant Durable May be installed over most existing floors Vinyl layers make the floor more shock-absorbent – important when standing for long periods or accidentally dropping dishes Shop vinyl. Carpet Soundproofing qualities make it the quietest flooring choice Insulation properties may lower energy bills Comfortable for bare feet and creating that cozy, right-at-home feeling Cushions falls in homes with toddlers or seniors Creates style flexibility courtesy of countless colors, styles and piles Affordable Covers uneven subfloors and adjusts to uneven walls easily Shop carpet. Before You Buy Carefully consider the location of your new floor. Is it below-, on- or above-grade? Basements are susceptible to ground moisture, so your flooring choice may be different from a bedroom on the second or third floor. Likewise, kitchens and bathrooms are prone to water damage and humid conditions, which should be a heavy factor in your decision-making process. Note whether the area you’re placing the flooring has (or will have) radiant heat. Some flooring materials aren’t compatible, so make it known early in the shopping process. Also, be sure to observe the space throughout the day. Does it get a lot of direct sun? UV light can fade or darken certain flooring, so look for resistant products. Take detailed measurements and create a drawing (on-scale is preferable, if possible) including doorways, fireplaces, built-ins or other structure that change the floor’s flow. To calculate your room’s square footage, multiply length by width. If you have an irregularly shaped room, divide the area into smaller squares and rectangles, calculating the square footage of each, then add the square footage of each area together for the room’s total square footage. But, don’t rely completely on this calculation. It’s always smart to buy 10% more flooring than what you think you need. This allows for mistakes and bad pieces. Plus, a little extra flooring on hand is great for repairs down the road. Keep a few cartons of your product in a place where the temperature and moisture will not damage the flooring, like under the bed or in the top of a closet. This keeps the product readily acclimated and available should you need it. Whichever flooring options you choose, buy coordinating mouldings, transitions and accessories to complete your project. Look for quarter rounds, t-mouldings, thresholds, reducers, wall base, four-in-one molding, underlayment and care / maintenance accessories. Ready to get started? Learn how to choose flooring.