What is the best flooring for a small bathroom?

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What is the best flooring for a small bathroom?

  1. 1. Many houses have small bath- rooms. It may be that you only have the one small family bath- room, but equally you may have a small second bathroom or en-suite. For a small room you have more choice if you are on a budget, as even the most deluxe flooring won’t cost too much as you’re only cover- ing a very small area. So let us look at the options. Carpet Although this may be very cheap, especially if you have an off cut from a larger room left over, carpet in a bathroom is not really recommended as it can easily absorb water and rot. In a small room especially you may have problems with insufficient ven- tilation, and moisture from the air can be absorbed by the carpet. So if you do have an off cut of carpet that you can fit yourself, then of course this is the cheapest option, just be prepared to have to replace it in the not too distant future. Laminate Standard laminate can warp when it gets wet, but there are special brands of laminate suitable for use in bath- rooms so do make sure you choose the right one as buying the wrong type could be a costly and time con- suming mistake. Although it will likely be fairly cheap to buy laminate flooring for a small bathroom, and it can look good, fitting laminate in a small room can be tricky, as laminate needs to be pushed in from the side, unlike tiles that you lay from above. You may struggle with this in a small space. Of course you can opt to have it professionally fitted but this will significantly add to the expense of your flooring. Lino Cheap and easy to lay, but it just doesn’t have the same look as other floor coverings. If we were discuss- ing floor coverings for a very large bathroom, and you were on a budget then I would suggest you consider lino, but in a small bathroom it’s a false economy. These days you can get plenty of cheap bathroom floor tiles and for such a small space, the savings you’d make by choosing lino- leum are so small it really isn’t worth it. What is the best flooring for a small bathroom?
  2. 2. Tiles Porcelain floor tiles are the perfect option for bathrooms. Waterproof and hardwearing and available in such a wide array of styles and col- ours you’re bound to find one to fit in with the look of your bathroom. Til- ing is pretty easy to do yourself too. Just make sure you get tiles with a non-slip coating as some tiles do get slippery when wet. Porcelain floor tiles are extremely good value so for a small room you won’t have much to pay out very much at all, so perhaps you can pick out a more expensive luxurious looking tile. They are also very low maintenance. Simply wipe tiles clean now and again and they should keep their good looks for many years to come. If you wish to see what tools we have to help with your tiling DIY job please see: http://www.hss.com/index.php?s=tile+

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