We installed new vanity, sink, cabinets 2 years ago & last Saturday we
installed a Gerber Ultra toilet. WOW! It is a beautiful addition
with its high end china appearance. But the floor has marked from the
former 1940 addition.
Not interested in trying to cut carpet or linoleum to fit. We are
told that the sicky squares are crap. Should we try tile? It is that
too slippy, since we are in our 50's.
There are many choices of tiles that aren't super-slick or terribly
expensive. If you go with 1'x1' tiles with a good size grout line you won't
have too many problems with scatter tugs, towels, etc. backing you up.
You'll need to pull the toilet. Look in accent tiles---for very little money
you can create a floor that looks like a million bucks.
Please don't do carpet---it's a disaster in a bathroom!
If you are looking to save labor, tile is not the way to go. It is a lot
of work to do a good tile job on a floor, plus you may have to raise the
Vinyl is really quite simple. The key to a good job is a smooth
surface. If the old floor has a texture, you can prep the floor by
screwing down a thin hardboard, or even just floating a floor levelling
compound over the old flooring. Get a big piece of cardboard, like a
refrigerator carton, and make a cardboard pattern. Appliance
outfits throw away refrigerator cartons all the time. If you mess it up,
just get another piece of cardboard. When you have it right, place the
pattern on top of the vinyl, mark the outline with a felt pen, and cut it
out with a scissors. Glue the floor with a notched glue trowel and lay
the vinyl. If you buy the edge glue type vinyl, you won't even have to
glue the whole floor. Install base around the edges, re-install the
toilet, and you are done.
I love tile in a bathroom. It handles the wet without any problems, is easy
to clean and low maintenance. You can get systems to heat the floor, so
that instead of a cold floor when you get out of the shower, you can have a
nice warm floor.
We installed the tile floor in our bathroom. Not that hard to do,
definately a cost saver since we had someone do the other bathroom for us (a
much more complicated job) and it cost over $5000. Doing the floor in a
normal size main bathroom (say 6x10), costs less than $500 with decent tile.
There's lots of options, prices from $2/sq ft to $20/sq ft. And you can be
Go for it.
Don't plant your bad days, they turn into bad weeks,
I'm going to try cork. I put cork in the kitchen and it's working well.
I've seen some cork in a bathroom and it seems to work fine.
I'm sure vinyl is the cheapest and easiest to install though.
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