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How to Install a New Bathroom Floor

From tile to vinyl to slate-laying down new floors in your bathroom can renovate the space for the better.

Posted in Bathrooms over 11 years ago, 0 replies

Installing a beautiful new bathroom floor can significantly impact the overall design of the bathroom. But most experts will tell you that remodeling a bathroom can often cost upwards of $10,000 and choosing a bathroom floor is a big hunk of that price tag. Of course the choice of floor will dictate how high that price is. And how you plan to use your bathroom will dictate your choice of floor.

Pros and cons come with every choice of bathroom floor, which should be taken into account before choosing a particular style to put into your bathroom. Safety as well as moisture resistant surfaces should be a key factor in your decision. For example, surfaces with a matte finish provide added traction on wet floors in the bathroom, and you can buy moisture resistant tiles to combat a bathroom's high humidity and heavy traffic flow, and any water spillage resulting from its everyday use.


Ceramic Tile

There are different types of tile one can use on floors but ceramic floor tile is a must! Ceramic tiles are probably the most popular material used by homeowners to tile bathrooms. Not only do they have timeless good looks and incredible longevity, but they are stain resistant, too. Which means ceramic tile floors are easy to clean.
Ceramic tiles come in two finishes: matte and glaze. And they are available in all types of colors, shapes, sizes and patterns.

A big disadvantage of ceramic floors is that they are usually more costly than other tiles and flooring styles. In addition, if you drop something onto the ceramic tiles they could possibly crack or break. However, you can install unglazed tiles for the heavy trafficked areas such as a bathroom. And recent manufacturing techniques have reduced the cost of ceramic floor tiles a great deal.

Stone tile flooring is available in a great assortment of colors, types, surface textures and patterns from all over the world. Modern technologies have increased the process of extracting stone and manufacturing it that stone is now more readily accessible to the public as well as more reasonably priced. Natural stone tiles include marble and slate as well as granite, travertine, sandstone, and quartzite.

Marble and Slate
When you think of luxury and contemporary flooring-you think marble and slate. Marble and Slate can add value to a modern home, and cleaning these types of material is easy. They are durable, hard and exquisite. And although marble is probably one of the more expensive types of stone tile flooring, slate is often more affordable.

Slate flooring coupled with modern bathroom vanities can offer a contemporary look to a home just as easily as a rustic, earthy look. With its vibrant colors and impressive textures, and its ability to hold up against everyday wear and tear, slate is a prized choice for bathroom installation. Marble has the ability to be the focal point of your room's decor or become the backdrop for a room that already has an established, dramatic decor-and all without overwhelming the space. Marble and slate are can be installed to create numerous and impressive pattern designs in your bathroom, and impressive patterns certainly do wonders for upgrading a bathroom.

Vinyl floors are popular bathroom flooring options because of their softness, especially underfoot, and their simple maintenance. They will not rip, tear or gouge, and because of this, homeowners with kids often choose to install vinyl floors. And when it comes to installation, vinyl floors are almost certainly the easiest flooring style to install. Nowadays, all you have to do is just peel and stick it on.

Although they offer breathtaking looks, neither hardwoods nor laminates should be used for your new bathroom floor. The reason is hardwood will become marked and stained from water and laminate floors have an MDF layer, which can be destroyed if any wetness penetrates.

Linoleum comes in a wide array of colors. In years past, linoleum was the popular choice for bathroom floors. And in recent years, it has started to regained popularity because of its affordability, comfortableness and quietness. But in order for linoleum to be a successful option, you must take steps to keep water from leaking onto the subfloor. And the best way to do this is by caulking and sealing the perimeter, and installing the linoleum squares with a specially formulated low toxic adhesive.

Steps to Installing The Floor

Step One:
Access your bathroom's layout plan. Figure out the amount of floor space that needs to be covered and take measurements of the space. Cut the material accordingly.

Step Two:
Turn off water supply to the toilet with the shutoff valve and empty the bowl by flushing away water. Remove the toilet from flange (rock the toilet back and forth to break the seal) and set toilet aside. The vanity unity can remain in the bathroom. Clean and disinfect the flange then stuff the flange with plastic bags containing paper towels to keep out sewer gases.

Step Three:
Using a pry bar and hammer, or a chisel, carefully remove old tile, baseboards, wood molding, and pull up carpet around the doorframe. Remove padding from the subfloor including all tacks, staples and strips. Clean and sweep bathroom space thoroughly.

Step Four:
Cut plywood to the length and width of your bathroom. Next, place plywood on floor and attach it. Roll out the foam or rubber backing. Cut a laminate board or backer board depending on material. Secure all pieces to plywood with adhesive. Leave everything for at least 24 hours to dry.

Step Five:
Start laying down your flooring. If you are laying tiles, start laying the tiles where the full tiles will be seen and then cut tiles that will not be readily seen, for example, behind the toilet and under vanity. Scoop out adhesive and spread evenly onto the laminate or backer board. Set tile into the adhesive by slightly twisting tile into place.

Whatever flooring you use, remember to caulk and seal around walls, toilet and bathtub.

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