Bathroom flooring - what is best to get (not tiles) and where from?

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Posted 13th SepEdited by:"thetarget"
Planning to redo my bathroom. New fixtures are traditional look. Existing floor is tiled which feels too cold in the winter months. The tiles are too slippery too but I realise textured ones are available. Not going to install under floor heating; so looking to install a different type of flooring.

Has anyone used engineered wood flooring for a bathroom? Is it long lasting and still looks good after a few years? I read about it: thespruce.com/top…353

Wickes has some for ~£30 to £40 per ~1 to 1.5 sq metre

I don't think I will bother with carpet.

Hardwood may be too expensive. Not looked into it.

Vinyl/Lino could be an option. Unsure of modern day quality and lasting aspects of it. I'd want something decent which will last and still look good in a few years.

The other thing I am wondering: how easy are they all to pull up to get to the floor boards if needed?

Any recent experiences with engineered wood; hard wood; vinyl/lino and best places to buy will be greatly appreciated. I may just fit it myself.

Just to add I am not set on engineered wood. I have found out about it today and it could potentially be a good option. I don't know anyone who has it. I am sure there are different qualities of vinyl/lino available too which could turn into a headache sorting it out!

Should I be measuring to put the flooring down in the whole bathroom floor space; even under the bath area? Currently it looks like the flooring only goes up to the bath panel; where the bath is in a corner. At the end of the bath I can see just wood on the floor (probably floor boards below the bath) through the gap at the end of the bath. Having removed the bit of wood which was filling the gap to the wall.

Thanks.
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You only need to lay on the visible floor, not under the bath. Firstly a wooden floor, depending on the finish can be slippery underfoot, secondly a real wood top doesn't really deal well with water so depending on how often you use your bath and how much water the floor is exposed to will is worth considering. Also if its a floating floor the joints will need waterproofing. Vinyl (from a roll) is what is is, hard wearing and cheap, it looks a lot better when its properly stuck down on a level floor a plywood base to level off.

There is a more expensive and MUCH better looking vinyl solution from companies like Karndean and Amtico, I have Karndean in both my bathroom adn showeroom and its great, totally waterproof, non slippy and most importantly VERY hard wearing I suggest you have a look. I have laid real wood and laminate flooring before but never Karndean and Amtico from what I have seen it can be quite tricky.
I'm very happy with Karndean floors in my bathrooms. Totally agree with Donkii.
Thanks @Donkii and @senukas. There just seems to be so many options available. It is a bit mind boggling.


I shall look into Kardean and Amtico flooring. I did look at engineered wood as it is more waterproof than hard wood according to a website or two.

CarpetRight I think it was had vinyl flooring with a 25 year warranty. Although who knows if the company and manufacturer will still be around in a few years time.

Could be in for a surprise as the previous people must have had a leak from the bath at some point. The kitchen ceiling looks a bit patched in one spot. Hopefully the floorboard wood is still okay. Otherwise I will need to put in new floorboards.

I would also like to get rid of the kitchen floor tiles and perhaps put in a decent vinyl flooring or other flooring. At least I can bookmark suitable colours and styles for both rooms; as I sift through the vast array of choices!
Aha, I must have already been viewing some Kardean flooring. I was looking on flooringsupplies.co.uk earlier today and they sell it. Just had another look.
I have Vinyl Click in my bathroom, it's just like laminate, but suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. It's even easier than normal laminate too, just score the vinyl with a stanley knife and then snap it. I also did our bedroom in it too rather than laminate.
I have done quite a few bathrooms and recommend Aquastep. Not cheap but easy to fit, fully waterproof and not cold in winter.
MattNorfolk14/09/2019 07:26

I have done quite a few bathrooms and recommend Aquastep. Not cheap but …I have done quite a few bathrooms and recommend Aquastep. Not cheap but easy to fit, fully waterproof and not cold in winter.



Thanks. If only the floor needs covering up to the bath panel, it shouldn't be too expensive. The bathroom area needed to have flooring is as a guesstimate 4m squared tops. I suppose if it is going to last 10 years or more then spending say around £300 on flooring will be worthwhile. I would rather have something fairly decent than something of poor quality which will end up with holes it or layers peeling apart. Even if cheap flooring could be replaced 2 or 3 times for the cost of a better quality one. It isn't worth the added hassle.

No idea if the online shop is any good for service and price bestatflooring.co.uk/lam…ate came up to give me an idea as to prices for Aqua-step.
thetarget14/09/2019 09:54

Thanks. If only the floor needs covering up to the bath panel, it …Thanks. If only the floor needs covering up to the bath panel, it shouldn't be too expensive. The bathroom area needed to have flooring is as a guesstimate 4m squared tops. I suppose if it is going to last 10 years or more then spending say around £300 on flooring will be worthwhile. I would rather have something fairly decent than something of poor quality which will end up with holes it or layers peeling apart. Even if cheap flooring could be replaced 2 or 3 times for the cost of a better quality one. It isn't worth the added hassle.No idea if the online shop is any good for service and price https://www.bestatflooring.co.uk/laminate-flooring/aqua-step-100-waterproof/?filter_brand=aqua-step-waterproof-laminate came up to give me an idea as to prices for Aqua-step.


No problem. I think most online places are good to use now. You do need to buy a pack of underlay though unfortunately. Ideally it’s nice to maybe view some in a showroom nearby incase it’s different to how it looks online.

Just used ‘Beton Loft’ in our bathroom at home. (Still need to finish it, along with many other jobs )

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Edited by: "MattNorfolk" 14th Sep
MattNorfolk14/09/2019 11:35

No problem. I think most online places are good to use now. You do need to …No problem. I think most online places are good to use now. You do need to buy a pack of underlay though unfortunately. Ideally it’s nice to maybe view some in a showroom nearby incase it’s different to how it looks online. Just used ‘Beton Loft’ in our bathroom at home. (Still need to finish it, along with many other jobs )[Image] [Image]


Lovely bathroom Matt
The underlay would be used instead of needing to put down a plywood base on the floor? If so, that sounds good and could probably be used with other brand products mentioned above.


Random selected store: lfdirect.co.uk/aqu…ack £26.59 for 7m squared delivered. I'll obviously search around when it comes to purchasing.

Mine is going to be a more traditional look. I've ordered a Hudson Reed Richmond Comfort 600mm pedestal basin and the matching comfort toilet. They will be going with a Kaldewei Saniform Plus bath. Thinking of getting Tubfix bath frames from Screwfix to make it easier to attach the bath panels. I suppose I could get attach a board and tile the front of the bath instead of having a front panel. The current issue is getting the flooring chosen, ordered and delivered. Along with underlay and any required extras (adhessives etc).

Unsure whether to go for a darker floor tile colour scheme or keep things light. The toilet, basin and bath are all white. Having say a white marble style floor tile may look a bit boring or make the room look too white and maybe clinical? It is a very bright room as it gets the sunshine beaming though the windows during the afternoon and evenings. I also want to avoid a floor style which will give me a physical headache to look at.
Vinyl Click
Look on eBay and you should find pretty good deal on Amitco (that's assuming you dont have a massive bathroom. BUT it is not a product I would recommend to lay yourself. In fact I personally have only ever had it laid my someone that specialises in laying it and they can charge quite lot per sqm. Laid correctly it will stay put for 20 years +.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 15th Sep
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