Great Alternatives to Tile Flooring

Are you looking to redo your bathroom floor, but are trying to find something a bit different than the standard tile? Take heart, there are some great options available that will save you from the ceramic tile cliché. Especially when you have your career, you will be able to really think about your options.   Consider these:

  • Carpet – If you love the look and feel of carpet, you can enjoy it in your bathroom. While regular carpet won’t hold up to the moist environment of bathrooms, there are a number of great bathroom carpets that are made especially for this purpose. These carpets are made tile-like sections that can be removed for cleaning. In addition, they have a special antimicrobial backing that inhibits the growth and spread of bacteria and mold.
  • Hardwood – Although it may seem an odd choice for moist bathroom areas, hardwood can be a great bathroom flooring. If you would like to enjoy the sleek warmth of hardwood in your bathroom, make sure to fill cracks with wood putty to prevent water seepage and add numerous layers of oil-based polyurethane. Top your floor off with a few coats of varnish. You will also need to immediately wipe floors after showering, so standing water won’t cause damage.
  • Rubber leather – If you have a passion for leather, look for rolls of rubber leather. Simply cut it to fit and install it in your bathroom. This great flooring looks and feels like leather but cleans like rubber. You can wax it occasionally to provide a shine, but all it really needs is regular cleaning with soap and water.
  • Stainless Steel – If you enjoy the industrial look, consider flooring your bathroom with sheets of stainless steel. Any cut edges will have to be machine overlapped and you will need to use stainless steel screws. Other than that, install them just as you would tiles.
  • Concrete – Does your bathroom already have a concrete floor? If so, why not leave it that way. All you have to do is use an acid stain to make it look like stone and polish it on occasion. Make sure your concrete has a textured finish so it will be slip resistant.
  • Waterproof wall panels – These panels are made of laminated plywood and are easy to install and require no grouting. For best results, choose panels that are backed with water-resistant material.
  • Ceramilite – Ceramilite looks like tiles and is covered with a coating of polymer. It can be installed with liquid nails, is highly durable, and can be cleaned easily with a cloth or a mop.

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As you can see, there are many great options to traditional tile floors for your bathroom. The final decision of which material is right for your home will depend on your personal taste, your budget, and how much effort you want to put into maintenance. When you make the best choice for your preferences and needs, you will end up with a unique new bathroom floor that will last for a long time and that will give your bathroom its own unique character.

Denny D. is a writer for He loves writing about carpet.

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