Highly Recommended: Tile
Tile Only: $1 - $15 per square foot
Tile + Installation: $5 - $30 per square foot
There’s a reason tile is one of the most ideal types of bathroom flooring. It’s one of the tougher, longer lasting flooring options on the market. It is water-resistant with proper maintenance and sealant over the grout, great for preventing water damage. Flooring tile is even workable on walls (but not vice versa) in the bathroom for your shower and/or bath to protect the walls from water and moisture. With its longevity and hardness, tile does tend to run more expensive than other options, but it lasts for years. Though tile flooring may be cold to the touch, it is also compatible with radiant heating if you want those luxurious heated floors.
A few different materials can be made into tile flooring. You mostly find porcelain or ceramic tiles; porcelain is a kind of ceramic, but ceramic can be made with other bases or made to look like stone or wood flooring. Porcelain tile is ultimately stronger and more durable, while ceramic tile is easier to cut and more affordable. Note that ceramic does need a top glaze in order to be waterproof.
Tile is also highly customizable with a variety of sizes, shapes (hexagon tiles are particularly popular), patterns, and colors. You can play with different designs and looks, whether you want to make your floor an accent piece or a more subtle design aspect of your bathroom. Another perk is that when you need to replace your tile flooring, you usually only need to replace the damaged tile as opposed to the whole floor.
Tile with high slip resistance is our top recommendation for bathroom flooring. Large tiles are recommended to eliminate grout lines and they are generally easier to clean.