Selections are so key for successful projects. And today, even with luxury clients, we have balance their budget against what we know is best for a project. That’s really important when it comes to bigger investments like windows, counters, and floors! Last week we talked about the pros and cons of the best countertop materials, so this week let’s take a look at the best flooring options for your clients.
One of my favorite flooring materials to use is marble…especially in a big format and tight joints. There are so many pros, but, admittedly, there are a few cons.
- It is so beautiful, timeless and luxurious! Perfect for a master bathroom.
- Using the same marble tile in different formats and sizes makes the bathroom design cohesive.
- Some marbles are soft and some have great movement. Whatever your style, there is a perfect marble.
- Color choices are endless.
- You can have polished, honed or even raked surfaces to get the perfect design.
- Marble is a great conduit for radiant heated floors.
- Some marbles are very porous and are susceptible to staining and water damage. Sealing the marble is very important!
- Some soft marbles can be scratched easily.
- Marble can be expensive to purchase and maintain.
- Make sure you buy extra, because it is hard to match stone if you have damages down the line.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
There’s a reason that tile is so popular! There are a LOT of pros, especially when it comes to giving a bathroom a lot of style and personality. But there are a few cons, too….
- There are so many colors and styles to choose from, so the possibilities are endless.
- Tiles are much easier to maintain.
- Durable, waterproof, and stain resistant.
- Some of my favorite Italian porcelains look exactly like stone, and are more cost effective
- Because the tiles are uniform, you can put joints closer together for a more modern look- and less grout!
- The price is right on tiles – you can usually find one to fit any budget.
- Tile can be difficult to install, especially if there’s an intricate pattern.
- Can feels cold and hard to the touch…but not some of my favorite Italian ones!
- Can be slippery if the surface is “polished.”
Some may argue that hardwood flooring is rarely a good idea in a bathroom, but I have had it for years in my master bath and have never had an issue with it. It looks as good as it did the day it was installed.
- In the bathroom, it doesn’t make your feet cold.
- If there is wood in the other rooms next to the bathroom, you can get a very seamless look.
- Made of real wood, so it brings in a great natural element.
- Resistant to heat and moisture.
- Many options to choose from!
- Can be installed over existing flooring, which can be a real money saver.
- Tough to repair damaged boards. Especially if you want to put in new cabinetry.
- These are water resistant, but clients need to remember they are not meant to be waterproof.
Luxury vinyl comes in a lot more looks now, some of which look good! You can even find vinyl planks that mimic the look of wood. This can be a better option for lower budgets, but there are some things to keep in mind!
- You can find both water resistant AND waterproof options AND scratch resistant. It is great with clients who have scratchy dogs:)
- This flooring feels good to walk on, and many of the options are less slippery.
- Can be installed over existing flooring.
- If you select an less-expensive-looking option, it can devalue the price of your home.
- Looks ‘cheap’ if it isn’t installed correctly.
- It isn’t the best selection if you or your client are environmentally friendly, and may give off VOCs.
That’s a lot to think about when selecting flooring for a bathroom, but it can help your client make the right decision for their home. You can also keep them up-to-date by using my FREE Bathroom Remodel Scheduling Timeline HERE. Clients love to have something to look at and prepare themselves with!