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What floor covering for my bathroom?

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The bathroom is a damp room, subject to splashing water. Its floor covering must therefore be very resistant to water. Tiling, parquet, flexible PVC floor, concrete are at the top of the adapted coatings ... Also follow our selection of floors in the photo gallery ...

The main enemy of a bathroom floor covering is not wear due to repeated passages like in a hallway, especially since there is often barefoot, but water. The chosen coating should not be afraid of water or splashing.

1. Bathroom tiling

The bathroom has always been tiled. It is today the porcelain stoneware which has the favors of the public. Based on clay and silica, he is not afraid of stains or water and keeps his mouth wet. On the decorative side, porcelain stoneware exists in an infinite number of styles, finishes, material effects and colors, allowing all architectural audacity. The choice is so vast that it is sometimes difficult to navigate. The UPEC classification makes it possible to establish a first selection based on objective criteria. This standard defines the wear resistance of walking (U), punching (P), water (E) and chemicals (C). Each of these letters is associated with a number from 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest level of quality. Tile for the bathroom must have a minimum rating of U2P2E3C1.

Be careful however, the risks of slipping are real in a bathroom. It is therefore imperative to choose a non-slip tile, for example a model with a structured surface, and to exclude polished finishes that are too slippery.

And natural stone? In bathrooms, marble and slate are usually chosen. Porous, the marble receives beforehand a water-repellent treatment. But beware, natural stone is a heavy material that is better suited to larger rooms than small bathrooms.

2. The special parquet bathroom

The "boat deck" ambiances are proof that solid wood has a place in a bathroom. With certain conditions, however. Exotic species (teak, iroko, doussie ...), naturally rot-proof, are preferred to European wood. However, local species can be used if the wood has been previously reforested.

Side pose, the floor is glued and not nailed, then oiled. For an easier installation, we now find parquet floors with pre-oiled blades and a double-joint way "boat bridge" integrated. Then just put a little glue on the tabs and nest the blades to get a perfectly waterproof floor.

And the laminate? It can also invest the bathroom if you choose a floor whose support has been coated with a waterproof vinyl resin that is a barrier against moisture.

3. PVC soft floors

Lino and vinyl floors have long been decried: old, slippery, fragile, reproaches were numerous. While these criticisms still apply to a few first-price models, most resilient floors today display real performances that open their doors to bathrooms.

On the technical side, whether they are natural soils such as linoleum or chemical such as PVC, flexible floors, do not always fear moisture. But the most successful models have also undergone in the factory surface treatments to enable them to resist wear and punching, prevent slipping and facilitate cleaning. On a daily basis, the service is carried out with lukewarm water.

On the decorative side, the new soft floors are no longer old fashioned. Thanks to innovative printing techniques, they perfectly reproduce the appearance and material effects of wood, tile, stone or metal to blend in with all environments, even the most contemporary.

On the comfort side, the thicker the floor, the better it will be on contact and the more it will provide sound insulation. In slab or slab models, bathroom floors are preferred in rolls, which allow the creation of large areas without joints and thus avoid any risk of infiltration.

4. Vegetable fiber coatings

Only the seagrass is suitable for the bathroom. Coming from an aquatic plant, this very resistant coating does not appreciate the dry parts. To maintain its elasticity, it must even be moistened regularly. Be careful, however, to avoid any risk of mold, it must absolutely be installed in rooms with efficient ventilation. To proscribe therefore in the bathrooms deprived of window.

5. The polished concrete

If a traditional concrete is not adapted to the particular constraints of a bathroom, waxed concrete can be placed in a damp room under certain conditions.

Called waxed concrete or poured concrete, it is actually a concrete coating based not only on mineral fillers, like a conventional concrete, but also natural pigments. Tinted in the mass then poured on a thickness of 2 to 4 mm, it gives a contemporary touch to the bathroom. Attention, in order to resist humidity, it must be protected by several layers of varnish or wax, each craftsman having his own recipe.