Best Flooring For Wet Areas
“It’s important to take into consideration the material you choose for flooring in those rooms for safety, as well as economic reasons,” says Normandy Designer Terry Kenney.
“Staying away from high gloss, whether it be ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tile, is a good idea since it tends to be more slippery. If you really love the look of the high gloss, combine it with a matte or honed finish or use it in a mosaic pattern to help reduce slip,” suggests Terry. “Porcelain tiles are a great solution for wet areas, because they’re low maintenance and harder than natural stone and ceramic, making them less likely to stain or chip. Porcelain manufacturers have really made a lot of progress in the design and appearance of the tiles, and do a great job mimicking all kinds of looks from various hardwoods to natural stones. Ceramic tile has also made a lot of progress in the tile industry and is less likely to stain or chip than natural stone.”
“While natural stone is definitely a viable option for the “splash zones” of the home, it is important to be mindful of the regular maintenance and the fact that they can stain and chip,” notes Terry. “However, natural stone was done with Mother Nature’s paint brush – it’s one of a kind. To some, the maintenance is worth it.”
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