Whether you are renovating your bathroom or installing a new floor for your new bathroom, choosing a floor for this one space requires considerable research.

Written by: Yarl Christie

Published on: November 03, 2017

What's the Best Flooring for Your Bathroom?

Whether you are renovating your bathroom or installing a new floor for your new bathroom, choosing a floor for this one space requires considerable research.

Unlike other rooms where key considerations are looks and appearance, durability and cost, bathroom flooring has an additional factor to cater to – excellent resistance to water. An inappropriate choice can leave you with a damaged floor. So choose wisely.

Karndean Van Gogh Smoked Oak VGW70T is Ideal LVT Flooring for BathroomsProduct: Karndean Van Gogh Smoked Oak VGW70T

Below, we have detailed what types of floors to consider choosing for your bathroom.

Vinyl Flooring for Bathrooms

This is a popular option for bathrooms. With high-quality natural wood effect LVT or stone design LVT, it is easy to create your desired look for your bathroom without compromising on functionality. In households with active young children or senior adults, vinyl flooring is the best option for bathrooms.

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Vinyl floors are highly water-resistant, which means they are perfectly suited for bathrooms. They also exhibit excellent slip resistance and insulation properties. So, having a vinyl floor in your bathroom means you’ll have a warm, comfortable and slip-resistant floor underfoot.

High-quality vinyl flooring uses a moisture-resistant backing layer that protects the wood-effect floor from warping and cupping. So, you’ll have a stable floor underfoot, which is important for areas such as bathrooms as they pose slip-and-fall risks.

SPC Flooring for Bathrooms

SPC flooring is a fantastic choice for the bathroom. These multi-layered floors feature a rigid core for exceptional durability, alongside a 100% waterproof design. This makes them well suited for bathrooms, as well as other high-moisture areas.

You can choose from an outstanding range of realistic wood and stone effects, each available at a budget-friendly cost. They come with a simple click system for fast and easy installation, and you can fit them over underfloor heating systems for year-round comfort.

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SPC is similar to LVT and is one of the newest types of flooring to hit the market. Providing the perfect balance between LVT and engineered wood, it is one of the best types of flooring to install in the bathroom.

Laminate Flooring for Bathrooms

When you are looking for tough flooring options in wood and stone effects, laminate flooring offers a great option. Laminate flooring uses a high-end photographic image layer to reflect the realistic looks of original wood or stone.

High-quality laminate floors boast superior waterproof protection, which makes them ideal for bathrooms. These floors are designed to be splash and spill-proof. They have their seams tightly sealed, which makes it difficult for moisture to enter and cause any damage to the flooring.

Deep Structure 12mm Moho Grey Oak Laminate Flooring is Ideal for Installing in your BathroomProduct: Deep Structure 12mm Moho Grey Oak Laminate Flooring

Advanced laminate flooring designs feature an HDF core board that is extremely moisture-resistant, durable and stable, which means you’ll have a bathroom floor that is highly waterproof and stable underfoot.

While laminate flooring is a better option than solid wood flooring, it demands proper care and maintenance when installed in bathrooms. The good news is, maintaining laminate floors is easy. Just ensure that water does not gain entry into the seams.

Engineered Wood Flooring for Bathrooms

Thanks to its tough core layer and a multiple layered design, quality engineered wood floors are better at resisting moisture than solid wood floors. They do not warp, buckle or change shape by absorbing moisture from the environment. As a result, when compared engineered wood flooring to solid wood floors, they are highly stable, however, we do not recommend installing any wood flooring in bathrooms.

If you love natural wood but are wary of using solid hardwood in the bathrooms, go for SPC, laminate or LVT. They give you the rich looks of natural wood without being as susceptible to moisture damage as solid wood.


When it comes to bathroom flooring, acting in haste can result in repentance forever, or at least for until you take a smart flooring decision. Take your time and come up with a flooring option that best suits your bathroom and offers utmost safety to users.

About The Author

Yarl Christie

Yarl is the Managing Director of Stories Flooring. started his career in the flooring industry by becoming a floor fitter at the age of 18 (2004). Yarl finally decided to move with the times and set up an online flooring store (Flooring Yorkshire, 2018). He works closely with the business managers and resource team to source new products from wholesalers, which in turn brings down the sale price. This enables Stories Flooring to be one of the leading UK flooring retailers.