Best Bathroom Flooring Options

A new floor is a great way to transform your bathroom, with a variety of styles and colours available you can breathe new life into your home without needing a complete refurbishment! There are some great modern flooring solutions out there including laminate, SPC vinyl flooring and engineered wood.

That said, when it comes to finding the best bathroom flooring it is not as simple as appearance. Your floor needs to be able to withstand multiple elements - moisture, heat and regular usage. In addition to factors like installation, durability, and cost. Let’s see how the different floors measure up when it comes to the most common questions asked on the best bathroom flooring options.

What are the best bathroom flooring options?

First things first, let's explain the different floors available. The most popular, affordable, and best bathroom flooring options in the market right now are engineered wood, laminate and SPC vinyl flooring.

Laminate

Laminate flooring has been around since the 70’s, but it is not the tacky stuff as it was once known. Modern technologies have advanced this flooring into the 21st century, with a super realistic design and a durable construction. Most commonly found with either a wood-effect or tile-effect, this popular floor features a photographic top layer, meaning the colours and design possibilities are limitless. 

SPC vinyl flooring

An upmarket version of laminate, SPC vinyl flooring is one of the latest innovations in the flooring market. Similar to laminate, SPC features a photographic top layer and is constructed of layers of tightly packed timber. What makes this floor special is it’s super stable core, reinforced using limestone and other stabilisers. Thanks to the core, SPC flooring boasts 100% waterproof properties and unbeatable stain resistance. 

Engineered wood floors 

The closest thing you can get to solid hardwood floors, engineered wood floors are specially designed to be more hardwearing, whilst offering the warmth and natural beauty of solid wood. Engineered wood flooring is made from layers of timber, and topped with a real hardwood top layer. These different layers reinforce every plank, which also means that the flooring is more resistant to changing temperatures and moisture.

What is the easiest flooring to install in a bathroom?

One of the reasons these bathroom flooring options are so popular is that they are easily installed, thanks to their innovative design. In fact, most of these floors can be installed yourself, with a little DIY knowledge and the right tools. If DIY isn’t your thing, or you would prefer a professional job, then experienced flooring-fitters can fit your new floor too.

Laminate and SPC are pretty similar in terms of fitting, they are installed using a simple click system. Many of these designs can be ‘floated’ on top of existing flooring, transforming your home in an instant, but some do require gluing down.

For engineered wood floors, there are two variations: the click system or tongue and groove. Here at Underfoot Flooring, we use the classic tongue and groove system, for a more authentic finish. This floor does require a little more DIY know-how and often needs gluing or nailing down.

Winner: It’s a tie between Laminate and SPC for this round!

What is the cheapest and most durable bathroom flooring?

When it comes to choosing the best flooring for bathroom, or anywhere really, price will always be a factor. However, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. So be sure to find a balance between quality and price.

Laminate floors are generally the cheapest of the three options, due to its lightweight design and material composition. As the installation can also be done yourself, saving some extra money in the total cost. But, laminate is sensitive to moisture, and therefore you may find it doesn’t last as long in your bathroom.

SPC flooring is a little more expensive, because of its innovative design and many great benefits. However, this 100% waterproof floor is super hard wearing and durable, meaning it is more cost effective in the long run.

Engineered wood flooring is the most expensive of the three, due to its solid hardwood top layer. There are cheaper engineered wood floors, but these are likely to have a thin top layer, and therefore are not as durable. When well-maintained and in the right conditions, engineered wood floors can last for 20-30 years!

Winner: Laminate flooring is the cheapest, but SPC is more cost effective!

What is the warmest bathroom flooring?

We all dislike that feeling of going into a cold bathroom, quickly hopping into the shower to avoid getting cold toes. Many modern flooring solutions are compatible with underfloor heating systems for added comfort, including laminate, SPC and engineered wood.

Tile-effect laminate or SPC vinyl is a great alternative to an expensive and cold stone floor. Although, engineered wood is better at retaining the heat. The construction of engineered floors also means that it can expand to changes in heat, without causing damage to the planks, or warping.

Something else to consider is the colour of your floors, darker floors will absorb the heat, helping to keep your floors warm. We also recommend using a good quality underlay too, which will further help to insulate your bathroom.

Winner: Engineered wood is clearly the best flooring for bathroom in this round!

The Verdict

This is a tough choice, every floor offers their own great benefits that make them suitable for use in bathrooms. 

If we had to make a choice then SPC vinyl flooring is definitely the best all-rounder, offering 100% waterproof protection and a variety of designs, at a cost-effective price point. Followed by the slightly more expensive engineered wood, offering unparalleled warmth and the authenticity of real wood. Last but not least, laminate, an affordable compromise between durability and design.

There are many choices when it comes to choosing flooring in your home or commercial premise, whether it is for a bathroom, bedroom or kitchen. Browse from plenty of affordable bathroom flooring options to create the look and function you've always wanted, on Underfoot Flooring’s online store.

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