look and quality of vinyl flooring has evolved and there are now some
great products that offer excellent alternatives to traditional wood and
stone flooring, at a fraction of the cost.
What is luxury vinyl flooring?
vinyl flooring, as the name suggests, is a high end vinyl floor
covering that aims to mimic natural floor types like wood and stone
using realistic textures and images. It is more expensive than
traditional vinyl, but a lot less expensive than using hardwood or
stone. It also offers several other benefits over its natural
Luxury vinyl flooring comprises of four layers; a
top aluminium oxide-based layer to protect from scratches and scuffs,
then a clear layer that offers protection against more extensive damage
such as rips. Then there is the layer which features the design – a
realistic image of wood or stone, and finally the thickest layer
underneath which forms the bulk of the floor and gives it its structure.
What are the benefits?
Aside from the obvious cost benefits, luxury vinyl flooring also has a number of other advantages:
Where stone flooring can be cold and hard underfoot, vinyl is softer and also warmer as it retains heat.
Hardwood floors can be damaged by spillages and pets – vinyl
alternatives are non-absorbent to liquids and resistant to scuffs and
scratches, so they’re very pet and child friendly.
This kind of flooring is manufactured to be very resilient and durable,
so can comfortably withstand high traffic spaces like hallways and
It’s moisture resistant so it can be used in all areas, including
kitchens and bathrooms where it is an ideal choice as it won’t be
damaged by water and spillages.
Both stone and wood can bounce sound around, but vinyl has sound absorbing properties, reducing noise issues.
A big advantage is that luxury vinyl is very easy to maintain and clean,
it just needs sweeping and the occasional mop or wipe with a mild soap
Vinyl flooring is generally made from recycled materials using
environmentally conscious processes, making it a very eco-friendly
So if you’re after the look of wood or stone, but you’re
under budget constraints or need the practicality offered by vinyl, then
luxury vinyl flooring is a great option. With a huge range of designs
to choose from in high quality finishes, you won’t struggle to find one
that fits in with your scheme.
the essential details of a fully functional residence, apartment, home
stay, hotel or business premises would be a well-facilitated bathroom
with a transparent shower enclosure or a walk in shower perhaps shielded
by curtains with a bench for a resting place. The walls, floor and
fittings like the shower hose would all conform to a theme and color
symbolism, preferably in light shades. Whether it has to be gaudy or
realistic is a matter of choice, but lots of homeowners and designers
opt for the mosaic shower floor tile. Small sizes are preferred like two
inches or even smaller for safety’s sake. The floor may be sloping and
the danger of slipping ever present. Arcs and curves around the shower
floor and the bench would essentially require small tiles. Small tiles
bring a lot of grout space and the result is traction that prevents
slipping. Similarly, the edge of the shower bench needs to be curved too
for a comfortable feel. The ceiling could be sloping if required.
shower design would require some research, keeping in mind the space
available and the other facilities provided like the vanity and the
shower tub. Both tub and shower corner may not be necessary. Consider
stone mosaic tiles to draw attention to the shower back wall. If you
were planning a glass-enclosed shower corner, a dramatic impact would be
created with multi-colored stone mosaics. If a curved shower bench is
required, smaller tiles would be needed like the sloping shower floor.
you have to get the bigger shower floor tile, consider slipping
resistance that is indicated in letters. An A or B slip resistance
rating would be safer than a C. If you fancied glass tiles, it would be
like submerging them in the pool. Manufacturers and retailers specify
Avoid clear glass tiles, particularly large ones,
since they may trap moisture and look hazy. Smaller colored glass tiles
would fit the purpose wonderfully and create a little fantasy world for
the frequent showers. For the sake of variety, opt for a second and
third tile pattern and size, material too perhaps for the three little
walls. The back wall could stand out in a bright color while the other
two could be plainer.
If cleaning is a problem, opt for larger
slabs or glass tiles that make the job so much easier. Large slabs
increase perception of fullness and increased dimensions too.
are many different types of bathroom floor, each with their own
disadvantages and advantages. When picking out the best flooring for
your bathroom one of the main concerns is the moisture that can occur
even if you do not have leaking plumbing. For example, on some flooring
occasional water spills could loosen the adhesives. You may even have to
replace some bathroom flooring if the toilet should accidentally
This is the best flooring
for your bathroom if you are on a budget but over time the vinyl tiles
overtime could start to lift up. If you decide that you want to use the
sheet style of vinyl flooring it is best if you have a professional
install the flooring. It is not a floor that looks glamorous or elegant
like stone but there are many designs and colored options available.
can get laminate flooring that looks like hardwood floors but the
problem is that moisture can become trapped underneath the flooring and
cause mold problems. Laminate flooring comes in a variety of styles and
Some feel wood is the best
flooring for a bathroom but if it gets wet it has to be dried
immediately. Bathroom flooring should be hardwood and not softwood
because this type absorbs moisture easier.
consider the best flooring for your bathroom is stone because it can
make your bathroom look elegant but there are many disadvantages. It is
very expensive and some stone flooring can become slippery when it gets
wet. Stone flooring can also feel cold on your feet. If you want to use
stone as flooring for your bathroom consider sing slate because it has a
rougher texture to prevent slipping
is one of the worse choices for bathroom flooring although some
consider it the best flooring. Most have problems resisting moisture.
One problem with carpet in the bathroom is hygiene around the toilet
area. Germs can get trapped in the soft fiber, making them hard to get
rid of. Having carpet in the bathroom does not increase the value of the
home. In fact, it may decrease the value because the new homeowners
will usually want to take it out and put in different flooring. If you
just have to have something warm and fuzzy feeling on your feet use rugs
and bathmats that can be machine-washed and does not slip.
the ceramic tiles are unglazed this is an excellent flooring for your
bathroom but if you get glazed ceramic tiles they can also be slippery.
One advantage of using ceramic tiles for your bathroom floors is that it
blends well with the ceramic tile that you use on the counter top or
the shower walls.