Bathroom Floor Replacement
Are you thinking of installing a new floor in your bathroom? It's not that hard, actually, especially if you're into do-it-yourself bathroom remodeling. The first thing you need to keep in mind when changing the floors in your bathroom is to decide on the type of flooring that will work best for you.
There are three basic types of flooring that you may want to consider before starting:
1. Ceramic Floors. Ceramic bathroom floors are easy to clean and are very durable. However, a con to ceramic floors is that these types of floors are usually more expensive. Also, if you drop something on your ceramic tiles, there's a chance of breakage.
2. Laminate Floors. Laminate floors are available in a number of designs, some resembling ceramics, stone or wood. Laminate floors are much harder than the laminate material you may encounter on some bathroom counter tops but are basically made out of the same material. The biggest advantage of this type of bathroom flooring is that it is easy to clean. Unlike the flooring it imitates, it doesn't require a high level of care.
3. Vinyl Floors. Vinyl bathroom floors are soft and probably the easiest to install. A lot of bathroom remodeling experts recommend this type of flooring if there are young kids in the house. Vinyl bathroom floors are soft underfoot and are very easy to maintain. The installation is also extremely easy: just peel and stick it on!
Bathroom Floor Plan
Once you're ready to do a bathroom floor replacement, the first thing you need to do is to look at your bathroom layout plan to figure out the measurements as well as how much of your floor needs to be covered.
Measure And Cut
When you install your new floor, you will need to remove your toilet; however, your bathroom vanity can stay. Carry out your measurements from the starting to finishing wall, then trim your floor material accordingly.
Put Down Floor Backing
Next, roll out the underlying foam or rubber backing along the starting wall and adhere its length by trimming. Once you have it down, lay out the first layer – a laminate board or a backing board depending on the type of material. Let everything sit (24 hours on the average) and dry if it needs to, before you start laying out the final part of your new bathroom floor.
Lay down your flooring. Remember to use a silicone caulk and/or molding to seal around the toilet, bathtub and walls.