Home Planning & Renovations

NYC Bathroom Flooring

By Tiffany Smolick


NYC Bathroom Flooring for Your Bath Renovation Project

February 2, 2010

Choosing the perfect flooring for your NYC bathroom remodeling project can be tricky. You need to find the perfect balance between your NYC bathroom design needs and the limitations of a bathroom: your Manhattan bathroom’s flooring needs to be able to withstand moisture and heat without warping.

Tile is a therefore a popular choice for you NYC bathroom floors: ceramic, stone, and glass tiles are durable and easy to maintain. They also offer a wonderful array of colors and textures sure to fit into every design. But there are other options available to you, depending on your New York bathroom’s function and the dynamics of your family. (Bamboo, for example, is a wonderful eco-conscious choice, but may not be the best option for a child’s bathroom, which is prone to flooding and quite a bit of splashing!)

Here are some popular bathroom flooring (NYC) options:

Tile Flooring
Tile flooring is resistant to moisture damage and easy to maintain. Many New York and New Jersey homeowners are also choosing tiles for their NYC bathroom walls: their resistance to warping from steam means no chipping or cracking paint, peeling wall paper or water-stained walls. Choose from: ceramic and porcelain; glass; Jerusaleum stone; natural stone; metal; recycled leather; and concrete tiles. Or mix and match for texture and depth.

Bamboo Flooring
If you want wood in your NYC bathroom remodel, bamboo, a durable wood substitute, is more eco-friendly than traditional hardwoods because it matures in just three years. It regenerates without replanting and doesn’t need much fertilizer or pesticides. Since no added chemicals are needed, bamboo is also a less toxic product. Bamboo is also naturally resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria, and naturally repels moisture.

Cork Flooring for Bathrooms
Another wood option is cork. It’s a sustainable green product because no trees are killed during the production of the flooring: the bark, which re-grows within 9 years, is merely peeled back without harming the whole tree. Like bamboo, cork is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria, and naturally repels moisture. Its structure also naturally absorbs heat and sound, making it a fabulous insulator.
Crave the sumptuous of wood but need something more durable for your bathroom? Consider laminate flooring: a good laminate floor, while not as resistant to moisture as tile, will repel more dampness than a traditional hardwood floor.

Engineered Wood Flooring for Bathrooms
Engineered wood looks exactly like expensive and vulnerable hardwood floors but is highly durable. Brands like Armstrong, Anderson, and Mirage offer engineered wood flooring in a variety of solid hardwood veneer surfaces to match every design.

Whether you want traditional tile for your bathroom floors or sustainable wood products for your NYC bathroom renovation, MyHome can design, supply, and install all of your flooring needs from exotic to sustainable materials.