Hello, readers! Welcome back to the Stonehouse Countertops blog! We’re pleased you’ve chosen Stonehouse Countertops for everything you need to know about custom countertop materials. We provide comprehensive deep dives into various aspects of the design and installation process, as well as helpful tips for choosing the best material for your home. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to commission the perfect countertops! Stonehouse Countertops carries an array of granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, soapstone, silestone, limestone, travertine, onyx, glass, sodalite, slate, and porcelain materials in its inventory. In addition to countertops, we offer fireplace surrounds, patios, floors, and walls. Whatever your design goals, we’re happy to help you achieve your unique vision!
In our last post, we discussed how to create a coordinated kitchen. When remodeling your kitchen, there are various design ideas, and what you choose will largely depend on your personal taste. However, regardless of your choice of design, you’ll want the overall look to be cohesive. We discussed how to find inspiration, how to choose a stone for countertops, as well as a color palette, flooring, and more! If you’re interested in finding out how to create a perfectly coordinated kitchen, we encourage you to check out our last post.
Today, we’ll be talking about choosing flooring for your bathroom. When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, flooring is an important aspect. In most cases, we tend to choose flooring based on looks or aesthetics. However, when it comes to the bathroom, you want flooring that not only looks good, but also functions well and is durable. With baths and showers happening, as well as inevitable splashes from the sink, you’ll more than likely want flooring that has good traction to prevent slipping and that can withstand water. If you are interested in learning more about how to choose flooring for your bathroom, you’re in the right place. Let’s get started!
When looking for bathroom flooring, the most popular choice is typically tile. Tile is hard wearing material made from ceramic, stone, metal, baked clay, or sometimes glass. Among these, porcelain and ceramic tend to be the most popular, as well as some types of natural stone. Let’s take a look at why.
Porcelain and Ceramic
Porcelain is not a type of stone. Instead, it is a ceramic material made from a mixture of powdered china stone and white china clay, known as kaolin, that is heated at extreme temperatures. Porcelain is a popular choice for both countertops and flooring because it is strong and durable. It is resistant to chips, cracks, and scratches, and it is non-porous, which means that it does not absorb liquids. Since water tends to be pretty much everywhere in the bathroom, porcelain tile makes a great choice. Porcelain is pretty slip resistant, which also makes it a good fit for bathroom floors. Additionally, porcelain is a generally “clean” material– It does not harbor bacteria or mold. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, after going through the fabrication and installation processes, porcelain does not need to be sealed or resealed down the road.
Ceramic is similar to porcelain in that it is made by heating materials such as clay at extremely high temperatures. Ceramic tile is often used in many rooms of the house, including bathrooms due to its hard, solid surface. It is well-known for its durability, and like porcelain, it does not harbor germs or bacteria. Additionally, ceramic is water resistant, which means it does not absorb water easily.
Granite is known as “the king of stone”, and for good reason. Granite is made by processing igneous, or volcanic, rock until it has a smooth surface. It is extremely durable, which is why so many people choose it for flooring and countertops. It is difficult to scratch, chip, crack, or etch granite. Additionally, granite is an exceptional choice for flooring when it comes to damp spaces, such as bathrooms, because it does not easily absorb liquid. Granite is a minimally porous material, so it will only absorb liquid if water is left sitting on it for long periods of time. Generally, it requires annual sealing to protect against staining and etching. This stone also comes in a wide variety of colors, so the possibilities are virtually endless!
Marble is a gorgeous stone that is often associated with luxury, elegance, or wealth. Bathroom flooring is one of the most popular uses of marble, as well as bathroom countertops. It is a naturally occurring stone, and therefore is less resistant to scratching, staining, and cracking. However, it is still durable and of high quality. A downside to marble is that it is porous, meaning that water can enter the surface and cause staining. Despite this, you can avoid staining by properly sealing it and keeping up with routine maintenance. Like granite, marble comes in a wide variety of colors that can suit any aesthetic.
Travertine is a relatively inexpensive option when it comes to natural stone. It is a form of limestone that forms around mineral spring deposits. It is often a popular choice of flooring because of its durability, affordability, and because it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. In fact, travertine is an extremely popular choice for bathroom flooring. The unpolished surface of the stone gives it a non-slip texture. Travertine is porous and requires regular sealing to protect it from water absorption and staining. However, we think travertine is worth the extra bit of care– It comes in a variety of gorgeous, earth-toned colors that add a stylish flair to any room.
Slate is a unique material derived from metamorphic rock. It is one of the strongest stone materials, with incredible durability that makes it resistant to cracks, scratches, and chips. Although it should be sealed on a regular basis to avoid staining, it can look great for years as long as it is properly maintained. Slate comes in multiple textures, but the rough, uneven finish is best for areas like the bathroom because it provides extra traction. Overall, slate is great for rooms with high moisture levels. In fact, it can even be used as flooring in your shower.
Soapstone is another stone derived from metamorphic rock. Its name is derived from its texture– It has a smooth, wax-like texture, similar to soap. The composition of soapstone makes it incredibly soft compared to other natural stones, which means it can be easily scratched. However, we believe the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to soapstone. It is highly unlikely for soapstone to crack. Despite being soft, soapstone is non-porous. Spills or splashes of water will not result in permanent staining. Since soapstone does not absorb water or moisture, it is not slippery, even when wet, making it a great choice for bathroom flooring.
These are just a few of the best choices for bathroom flooring, but it is certainly not a complete list. If you are thinking about a bathroom remodel and are unsure of what material to use for flooring, feel free to reach out to us for suggestions. You can also check out our live inventory to see the wide variety of stones that we offer. If you’re thinking about the installation of stone for kitchen countertops or any other stone surface, remember: At Stonehouse Countertops, we are willing and able to work with you to your specifications. We offer a wide range of different materials and always have someone on hand to answer your questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation or for help forming a plan. We want to ensure your vision becomes a reality! Be sure to come back for upcoming articles! Until next time—thanks for reading!