Good floors for bathrooms include tile, vinyl, cork, bamboo and wood/laminate. Tile and vinyl are classic waterproof and stain-resistant surfaces. Cork, bamboo and wood offer long-lasting surfaces made from natural, sustainable resources, while laminate is a photographic image of wood pressed between two scratch and stain-resistant layers.
Installing durable ceramic tile over a radiant heat flooring system warms the floor and adds value to the bathroom. Using sheet vinyl with a foam backing reduces water seepage and gives a softer surface. Cork, made from bark, is water, mold and mildew-resistant, and applying a topcoat of polyurethane adds moisture protection. Engineered bamboo planks offer durability, utility under wet conditions, and are installed easily. When installing wood floors, plywood-backed engineered wood offers more water resistance than solid wood.