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Bathroom flooring options extend beyond ceramic tile
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011

You've chosen a bathroom vanity, bathtub, shower enclosure and faucets. Before installing these items, it's important to choose a floor for your bathroom renovation. While ceramic tile remains a popular flooring choice in the bathroom, design experts from HGTV say there are several other flooring options that are ideal for today's spaces.

Those who like the look of a tile floor might want to check out different varieties of glass tiles for their new room. This surface is easy to clean and a good option for those who want to make their space more environmentally-friendly, as they are often made using recycled bottles and jars. In addition, glass tiles are available in many different shapes and colors to complement any bathroom décor.  However, experts say that some varieties can be slippery, so it's best to choose tiles that are sandblasted.

Wood floors are also becoming more popular in bathrooms, especially in homes that have hardwoods throughout other rooms.

"Wood is fine in bathrooms," interior designer Nicole Sassaman told "You just have to dry water off of it rather than letting it sit, but you should do that anyway. Putting extra coats of varnish on it will also help make it more durable."

Bamboo and cork can create a similar look to regular hardwood floors, but offer other advantages. Both materials are resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria and repel moisture, which is important for humid areas like bathrooms.




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