Great bathroom flooring can brighten the entire space, but finding functional, stylish flooring that withstands water damage can be challenging. We’ve analyzed the pros and cons of three great flooring options to simplify your renovation.

1) Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is an excellent option for full bathroom flooring since it has a low water absorption rate of 0.5% or less. Porcelain tile also comes in a range of colors and styles, and it’s one of the most cost-effective choices. In historic homes, a classic hexagon tile keeps bathrooms clean and classic. For modern spaces, try experimenting with brighter colored tiles. If you want to keep installation simple, find a local contractor to install tile.

SomerTile Retro Hexagon Porcelain Floor Tile available from Amazon

SomerTile Moonlight Diva Blue Porcelain Floor Tile available from Amazon

2) Natural Stone

Natural stone is a good choice if you have the budget, but it is significantly more expensive than other bathroom flooring options. There are few moisture problems, but stone can be cold, making it a better choice for warm climates. Slip can also be an issue, so opt for a naturally textured stone like slate. Find a local flooring contractor to install natural stone in your bathroom.

MS International Montauk Black Slate Floor Tile available from Amazon

3) Laminate

Laminate can give you a hardwood look in the bathroom without as much water damage. It’s also easy to clean. A clear topcoat can protect the wood chip base from water. Since this flooring option isn’t as waterproof as tile or natural stone, it works best in half bathrooms where bathtub or shower water won’t be an issue. Find a local flooring contractor to install laminate in your bathroom.

Armstrong Architectural Remnants Faux Wood Laminate Flooring available from Amazon