Porcelain tile is the best of all worlds for bathroom flooring, as it is waterproof, stylish, and cost-effective.
Like stone, porcelain tile can achieve a rich, textured, solid feeling. Like vinyl, it is waterproof and is fairly inexpensive. Like wood flooring, it looks great.
But should you choose porcelain or ceramic tile? Porcelain is part of the ceramic tile family with one slight difference: water absorption rate. The Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA) certifies types of tile as "porcelain" if they have a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less.
If this is a half bathroom or powder room, there is less of a need to purchase porcelain tiles because there are no bathing facilities.
If you’d like a little luxury, stone tile delivers — for a price. You’ll find naturally beautiful stone tiles made of travertine, granite, marble, limestone and slate for $2 to $100 per square foot.
Polished stone tile can turn slippery when wet, so choose stone that’s honed instead of polished. Tumbled stone and naturally cleft slate have textured, skid-resistant surfaces.
Softer stones such as sandstone, travertine and limestone can be used for baths, but should be refinished at least every two years with a quality stone sealer. Harder stones, such as granite and marble, can be resealed every four to five years.
Waterproof Vinyl Plank Flooring for a Bathroom. Luxury vinyl planks allow you to have the look and texture of real hardwood with the benefits of vinyl. ... Installing floor heating under vinyl planks isn't as necessary as it would be with cold ceramic tile.