Bathroom Flooring

What are your bathroom flooring options?

When you’re looking for bathroom flooring, your requirements are likely to be very similar to your needs for kitchen flooring. Bathroom flooring must be both waterproof, hard-wearing, non-slip, and easy to maintain. Unsurprisingly, your bathroom floor will have to deal with a lot of splashes, spills, humidity and temperature changes. For this, there’s really three types of bathroom flooring that win out, vinyl, water-resistant laminate, and traditional stone tiles. In this guide, we’re going to talk you through all your waterproof bathroom flooring options.

Bathroom Vinyl Flooring

One of our most popular sellers, and a fantastic choice for any bathroom, vinyl really ticks all the boxes. It’s durable, non-slip, easy to install and maintain, comes in a huge variety of styles and finishes, and lastly, it’s also very affordable.

Embossed or textured vinyl is one of the best non-slip bathroom flooring options, and because of the way vinyl is manufactured on a single roll, there are no joins to worry about. If you’re worried about water or moisture damage, bathroom vinyl flooring is one of the best solutions out there. 

Just because you’ve opted for an affordable bathroom floor, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and substance. Most of our vinyl flooring comes with wear guarantees of 15 or even 20 years so you can be sure it’s money well spent. And what’s more, the real beauty of vinyl is the sheer amount of different styles and finishes available. Create a monochrome, or that classic townhouse look with black and white tile effect vinyl. For something sleek and ultra-modern, how about slate, marble or granite effect floors? 

For some, traditional wooden floors throughout the home are the dream. But due to the nature of wooden floors in the way they soak up moisture and react to temperature changes, they’re unfortunately not recommended for bathrooms. However, if you want to look and feel of wood, but without the drawbacks, then our wood effect vinyl is a perfect choice. Create a light, airy and modern bathroom by pairing a light wood effect such grey oak, birch or maple, with white fittings. To make a statement and draw attention in your bathroom, opt for a darker wood or coloured and patterned floor such as mosaic, geometric or striped.

Choose vinyl bathroom flooring if:

  • You want a completely waterproof and durable floor
  • You want to pick from a huge range of styles and ornate patterns
  • You want a floor that is easy to install and maintain
  • You want an affordable bathroom floor
  • You have underfloor heating
Browse Bathroom Vinyl Flooring

LVT Bathroom flooring

Sitting somewhere between vinyl flooring and laminate flooring is LVT, or luxury vinyl tiles. These combine the materials and construction methods of vinyl but are installed in a way that is closer to laminate. I.e. they come in packs that slot together on the floor. LVT is a great choice for those looking to spend a little more and create a bathroom floor that has the absolute look and feel of real wood or stone, but with none of the drawbacks.

Luxury vinyl tile flooring in your bathroom offers similar water-resistant and non-slip qualities as vinyl and is still very durable, but due to how it’s laid, it’s not completely sealed and therefore is not quite as waterproof. However, it can still cope more than well enough with the moisture, humidity and temperature changes of a bathroom.

Choose LVT bathroom flooring if:

  • You want hyper-realistic finishes and textures for your floor
  • You are not as concerned with affordability
Browse Bathroom LVT Flooring

Bathroom Laminate Flooring

Our other popular choice for bathroom flooring is laminate. This is a great all-rounder throughout the home, and if you want to keep a running theme, water-resistant laminate is a great choice for the bathroom too.

Like the other bathroom flooring types we’ve mentioned, laminate comes in a wide range of tones, colours, patterns and styles, but it’s probably best known for its realistic wooden finishes. If you want the appearance of a wooden floor, then laminate is the right choice for your bathroom. It also has the benefits of being warm and slightly cushioned under your feet, and it’s excellent if you have underfloor heating.

Unlike vinyl, laminate is not completely waterproof. It’s made from wood which then has a graphic veneer printed then sealed onto it. The laminate itself is also locked together when installed and there are inevitably joins. However, here at Tapi we stock a wide range of water-resistant laminate than can withstand hours or even days of moisture without bowing or warping… certainly more than enough for a modern family bathroom.

Choose bathroom laminate if:

  • You want a range of realistic styles and finishes
  • You want a comfortable and durable floor
  • You want to lay the floor yourself
  • You want an affordable floor
  • You have underfloor heating
Browse Bathroom Laminate Flooring

Carpet or Wood Floor in Your Bathroom

Generally, we don’t recommend either carpet or wooden floors in your bathroom. Of all the different types of flooring, they are the least able to deal with moisture and damp. Wooden floors can bow, even if treated, and carpet simply soaks up all the moisture which can lead to mould, smells and stains that require lots of cleaning. If you like the feeling of stepping out of the bath or shower onto a soft and warm floor, then choosing a thick bathroom mat is a much better choice.

Engineered wood flooring in your bathroom can be a viable choice, provided it is able to deal with the moisture. Speak to us in-store or contact us to discuss this option.

Bathroom Flooring: Side by Side







Engineered Wood