Your bathroom floor not only sets the comfort level in your bathroom, it also lays down the stage for your bathroom fixtures and other bath decorations. Fortunately there are many different flooring materials and styles that are aesthetically pleasing and can stand up to the abuse that most bathroom flooring surfaces have to put up with. Whether you are installing under-floor electric radiant heat, or simply preparing your bathroom floor for ceramic tile, natural stone, concrete, wood or some other form of floor laminate, the type of flooring material that you choose will help define the size and shape of your bathroom area. Durability and safety are also issues that you should be aware of and don’t forget that when finishing your floors that maintenance will also be determined by your choice of flooring materials.
There has to be balance between the look that you want and the functionality you need. Ensuring your subfloor is strong and level is critical to your bathroom floors design, comfort and longevity. Water damage is always a concern in older floors so inspect your subfloors carefully (just in case you have to patch any rotted areas) before replacing your floor coverings during your bathroom renovation. Another thing that first time bathroom renovators sometimes forget to do is to bring into your bathroom the materials that you will use on your bathroom floors ahead of time. Doing this allows the materials to adjust to the temperature and moisture level in the room for a more natural fit and seal on your floors.
When removing or repairing your bathroom floor, having a smooth transition to adjacent floors is paramount, levelling the subfloor, installing backerboard and a waterproof membrane is the standard way of ensuring your floor is ready for what ever finishing material you place upon it.