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Bathroom Renovation Flooring Options

Updating a bathroom is a great way to improve the function of a limited space and still add value to your home without doing a complete house renovation in Ottawa.  One way to upgrade is to change the flooring.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that has been baked in a kiln differently so that it will not absorb as much water.  This is definitely the better choice for bathroom flooring, although ceramic tile is perfectly acceptable.

Pros – Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in a variety of styles, textures, shapes and sizes.  Some is designed to look like natural stone or wood.  It is water resistant and easy to clean and maintain.  Ceramic tile is less expensive than stone.

Cons – Tile flooring can feel cold on bare feet.  This is easily resolved by a radiant underfloor heating.  This will keep the whole room warm.  However, wet tile has a tendency to be slippery.


Vinyl has a full range of styles including sheet, tile, and plank designs.  High end vinyl can look and feel like real wood or real tile.

Pros – Vinyl is highly water resistant.  It is cost effective and has a wide variety of color and style choices, including tile or wood looks.

Cons – If improperly installed, the seams will separate and it will lose water resistance.  When installed by a professional, you should have no problems.

Natural Stone

This is undoubtedly the most high end look you can get.  Tiles are made in granite, travertine, marble, slate, limestone and sandstone.

Pros – This is a glamorous finish to the room that will definitely increase the resale value.

Cons – This is the most expensive option.  It will be slippery when wet.  It will need to be sealed periodically to maintain its moisture and stain resistance.  If you are convinced this is what you want, discuss the choices with our experts to find the best for your needs and maintenance schedule.