Having the right flooring in your bathroom is critical, especially here in Chicago. As a busy area of the home easily prone to water damage and mildew, bathrooms need to have strong and resilient flooring. Here are some of our favorites that will remain durable no matter what.
Travertine is a sedimentary limestone rock formed from minerals derived from ancient shell and fossil deposits. These minerals travel through underground aquifers and rise into natural hot springs. The color typically resembles ivory intermixed with snaking lines of bronze and light brown. No tile looks identical, but when laid out travertine tiles create a luxurious and near-seamless surface. Travertine’s strength and durability makes it excellent for bathroom floors, but also for shower walls and countertops. Travertine can etch or corrode easily when exposed to acid, so be sure to avoid using harsh cleaners on it.
Porcelain tiles are the classic option for Chicago bathrooms due to their water resistance and nonporous nature. Made from fired clay, porcelain comes in two varieties: through-bodied and glazed. Through-bodied have fully integrated color and texture throughout the tile, whereas glazed porcelain tiles have a shiny, hard-finished layer of color. Both have incredible resilience and durability, and are a smart option for bathroom floors. They’re equally fantastic as materials for countertops, shower walls, and wall designs. When it comes to cleaning, you’ll want to pay special attention to the grout lines, as those can discolor over time.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Vinyl has come a long way in recent years, and that’s clear from the growing popularity of luxury vinyl tile. High-tech printers engrave unique images on each tile, mimicking more expensive styles of flooring at a lower price. This means that you can have the look of hardwood in your bathroom without the risk of warping or water damage. Luxury vinyl tile has high durability and holds up to stains and water—perfect qualities for bathroom flooring. Cleaning is easy with a dampened cloth and mild cleanser.
Are you interested in installing new bathroom flooring in your Chicago home? Your friendly experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.