Is It Time to Retire Your Old Bathroom Tile?

ProSource | 9/20/2015 | Expert Advice

Classic ceramic tile flooring has been as much a fixture in bathrooms for a century or more now. From the '20s through the '60s, a variety of shapes, sizes, patterns and palettes ranging from simple to sensational have been used in homes from coast to coast. Tile is classic, as it gives unique looks and durability.

For a brief while, there was a movement toward carpet in the bathroom. Mercifully, that didn’t last. It was in the '80s when idea surfaced that an extravagant bathroom doesn't have to be confined to an extravagant home (a.k.a., a mansion).

And it was then that luxurious looking flooring began appearing in bathrooms in even the most modest of domiciles, which was not only gratifying to the home owner on a day-to-day basis, but was proven to be a wise investment in terms of raising the value of a home.

Whether your current flooring in your bathroom needs replacing, you're just tired of looking at it, or it's time for a whole bathroom renovation, ProSource has a number of elegant flooring options that can take your bathroom to the next level.

Hardwood is not a practical option due to the amount of moisture and traffic that occurs in any bathroom. However, as an alternative, there's laminate.

Laminate offers the beauty of hardwood, but is not near as susceptible to water damage; it's easy to keep clean and is, shall we say, a more cost-efficient investment. And thanks to the qualities inherent in the manufacture of laminate, this floorcovering is actually softer underfoot and more forgiving than hardwood every time you drop your electric toothbrush.

The experts at your local ProSource Showroom can help you navigate the styles of laminate offered, or peruse the options in the online product catalog. Also be sure to ask about partnering with a trade professional when it comes to installing any flooring you choose for your bathroom.

So maybe you're thinking, "laminate is fine, but nothing truly looks like real hardwood."

Actually, something does. A product called luxury vinyl tile (LVT), which simulates the look of hardwood or stone. Like laminate, LVT is more forgiving when it comes to dropped items and is softer to the foot than hardwood or traditional tile.

Whether going with one of a variety of wood styles or a stone such as slate or marble, LVT provides a beauty and realism that will add a sophistication to even the oldest, most traditional bathroom.

Even still, tile remains a strong option for bathroom flooring. But if you want to veer away from this path, you have other choices that are as safe, beautiful and durable.

Review the inspiration for ideas, and add images you like to your myProSource Project Center. Then visit your local ProSource Showroom to view samples firsthand that will infuse your space with the character of your preferred design.

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