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LVT flooring for Bathrooms – Does it Work?

LVT Bathrooms things to know

Got plans for your bathroom and thinking about flooring ideas? As much as you might want to choose to floor based purely on aesthetics, you need to take into account the practical use of that room. A bathroom is a place where water is condensation are key factors so your choice of bathroom flooring must reflect that 

Luvanto’s Luxury Vinyl Tile has you covered. Read on to find out the amazing benefits of LVT flooring in the Bathroom. 

Luxury Vinyl Flooring for Bathrooms

LVT is a popular choice for bathrooms. The following sections should illustrate why: 

Anti-Liquid – If you’re looking for waterproof vinyl flooring for bathrooms – good news: all vinyl is water resistant – when it’s installed correctly, it’s a material that doesn’t absorb liquid quickly, giving you sufficient time to clean it up before it has a chance to seep through to the sub-floor. 

This is important in a bathroom because of the risk of your flooring being repeatedly exposed to water. It’s almost inevitable that when you walk out of the shower, that water will drip off of you onto the floor. It’s unavoidable, which is why water-resistant flooring is vital. With LVT bathroom flooring, you can let the water rest until you’re ready to clean it up. 

Anti-Slip – Luvanto prides itself on its LVT’s safety, which has been praised throughout the market. In general, LVT, even when wet, will retain a firm surface which loses no friction power. As a result, you can walk over wet floors, or even perfectly bone dry floors, without a fear of falling over. 

This is especially important in the bathroom. They are usually not large rooms, after all, and are filled with hard objects such as the sink and the toilet which could pose a risk should you slip. Also, if your floor is something hard like ceramic, then your chances of injury will be greater should you slip or fall in the bathroom. 

Comfort – You may think that having a comfortable bathroom isn’t a high priority, but shouldn’t comfort be a consideration for every room? There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a hot shower onto hard, cold tiles. Luckily, LVT doesn’t have this problem. Not only does each tile have a soft padding-like feel beneath your feet, but it’s also warmer to the touch. LVT has a high amount of thermal insulation, meaning the room will feel warmer in general. 

Aesthetics – There are plenty of visually appealing flooring options. Wood, stone, and even ceramic all look great, but they are not necessarily the best option for a bathroom. But what if you could mimic their appearance and still get a floor that looks great in your bathroom?

With LVT, you can. With its enhanced creation process, LVT can perfectly mimic any material, as well as have a wide array of different patterns. With LVT, floor visuals will pop out at you. 

Direct Sunlight Issues Overcome*- LVT flooring is sometimes flagged for the fact that it can fade when it is in the line of direct sunlight. While this is true, in most cases your bathroom is going to have blinds, frosted glass, or equivalent to maintain privacy, meaning that direct sunlight is unlikely to be a factor for most. Some LVT comes with a UV-resistant top layer, but it usually fades over time. 

*The exception to this is specialist tiles such as Luvanto LVT Endure Pro. LVT Endure not only has an increased resistance against scratches, dents and gouges, but it also has a very high resistance against UV (direct sunlight). If you are in a household where your bathroom does receive direct sunlight then LVT Endure Pro could be the ideal solution in just about any room in your house and there are very few things that can damage or warp it in any way. 

How does LVT stack up against the competition? 

Your choice of bathroom flooring is wide, with many different options available. Below we consider some of the alternatives, outline their main drawbacks, and explain why LVT is a better choice than the rest: 

Wood

Water damage – This is the only con we’ll list for this material, as it’s such a large problem that it will eventually render the wood unusable. When wood is exposed to water, it enters the wood’s membranes. There, it rots the woods and slowly softens them, so they will eventually get so weak they will crumble underfoot. 

Laminate 

Moisture – Laminate has a weakness that makes it almost as terrible of a choice to put into a bathroom as wood, and that is its vulnerability to moisture. When laminate is placed within rooms with high amounts of moisture, it enters the boards and causes them to swell. This will result in distortion and uneven footing, as well as generally decreased aesthetics. 

Bathrooms are probably the moistest room you have in the house, especially if you have a shower installed. Turning on a shower will raise the humidity in the room by over 80%, which is the threshold for warping. 

As a result, laminate flooring isn’t suitable for 99% of bathrooms.  It could work, but only in a small bathroom. There couldn’t be a shower included because of how rapidly humidity rises whilst it’s running. You could probably only get away with a half bath. You’d need to use waterproof silicone caulk and line the edges of the laminate with tile to lower the risks of damage. Even then, you’d need to take measures to minimise the amount of humidity in the room, such as running the exhaust fan before using the bath and wiping down water from the sides after use. All in all, if you want laminate in the bathroom, you’re looking at a lot of work, maintenance and general inefficiency. 

Standard Vinyl

Weaker – Waterproof vinyl flooring for bathrooms is generally a safe choice. But standard vinyl is a much weaker material than other flooring styles in different areas. They’re fairly easy to dent, scratch or even gouge vinyl if you’re not careful. This will expose the subfloor, which can be damaged by dampness. 

Ceramic Tiles

Uncomfortable – Step out of the shower onto a ceramic tile, and you’ll feel a clashing chill shoot up your foot that’ll interrupt the full-body relaxation that often comes with showers. It’s also hard underfoot.

Slippery – One thing often overlooked about ceramic is that the anti-slip properties of a dry tile disappear when exposed to water and moisture. This means that if you’re not careful, you can slip and fall onto the hard ceramic. Considering that bathrooms are usually not the most open of places, there’s a decent chance you could fall into something like the toilet or sink.

Damage-prone – As strong as ceramic is, its surface can easily be cracked if something is dropped on it. This not only makes your floor look worse, but it causes inconveniences of having to have the tile replaced. Breakages can also happen cross-tile, meaning you may need to replace several at a time. 

Conclusion

We believe LVT has minimal weaknesses in just about any room, but its special water-resistant properties simply make it a near-perfect match for areas with high moisture and liquid. Bring your bathroom floor to life and enjoy the comfort that LVT brings with Luvanto.