Next time you are thinking of ways to refresh your bathroom, look down. A stylish bathroom can add value to your home and make it more appealing to prospective buyers – and there’s no doubt your choice of floor tiles plays a huge role.
Be wise and choose the best type of flooring to suit your practical requirements: does it need to be easy to clean, durable or suitable for underfloor heating? Also, think carefully about how much you want to spend. If natural stone tiles are out of your budget, for example, a porcelain tile is just as durable, but at a fraction of the cost.
This handy guide focuses on a few of the fuss free, functional favourites to help you pick out the best for your bathroom floor.
Pros & cons of rubber flooring
Hardwearing, durable and warm underfoot (so you don’t step out of a hot bath onto a freezing floor), rubber flooring is ideal for the bathroom because it easy to clean, compatible with underfloor heating and slip resistant, making it a safe option for homes with small children or elderly people. On the downside, rubber flooring is limited in terms of design (options tend to be colour-oriented rather than print) and, typically, it’s slightly more expensive than similar materials, such as vinyl.
Can I fit rubber flooring myself?
Yes, depending on your experience level. “We offer detailed fitting instructions and videos on our website, and lots of our customers use these resources to fit their new floor themselves, That being said, if you’re at all unsure, it’s always best to consult a professional to ensure the perfect fit.”
Pros & cons of tiles
Often praised for their durability, tiles are hardwearing and come in a range of sizes, patterns, finishes, colours and materials, meaning there’s something to suit every budget, taste and style Flooring Tools.
“An added benefit is they require little maintenance or upkeep and are safe to use in high footfall areas of the home,” explains Sian O’Neill, head of marketing at Topps Tiles. What’s more, tiles are waterproof (if used with the correct grout) and won’t fade from sunlight.
Tiles can feel cold underfoot in autumn and winter, so you may wish to consider underfloor heating if you dislike slightly chilly feet!