Accidents in the bathroom are not uncommon. So many times we hear of people known to us who have had a fall in the bathroom because of slipping on the flooring. A fall in the bathroom can be painful and can also result in broken bones and other serious injuries. Surprisingly, most people do not pay attention to the type of tile they use in the bathroom, which is the culprit in most cases. Hence it is important to select a flooring for the bathroom which has the least probability of slipping.
So which is the safest non slip bathroom flooring? The safest non-slip tile or flooring for the bathroom would be the vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is durable, dries quickly and can be easily cleaned. It offers the best slip resistance among all the traditional options. Compared to vinyl flooring, the other tiles such as ceramic, porcelain, stone or glass tend to be more slippery when wet.
Now let us dive a bit deeper and ask,
Why are vinyl tiles the safest and most desirable bathroom flooring?
There are a number of reasons that make vinyl not only a more safer option for bathroom flooring but also probably one of the most desirable choices among all other types of floorings and tiles.
Let me walk you through some features of vinyl flooring that make it a much better option.
Desirable Features of Vinyl Flooring
- It has a slight inbuilt padding, so in case you do happen to have a fall, the effect of the fall would be much less. The grievous injuries that you might encounter if you slip and fall in the bathroom? Well, with vinyl flooring, even if you do fall, your injuries are going to be much less severe.
This can be really beneficial in homes where you have elderly people living. In old age, reflexes can get a bit slow. So though chances of slipping and falling are more for an elderly person, if it is on a vinyl surface, the impact of the fall is going to be greatly reduced.
- Vinyl flooring is quite durable. Under normal usage, vinyl flooring or tiles can last upwards of ten years and in some cases well beyond 15 years. The fact that vinyl is waterproof adds to the durability of the flooring.
One way of ensuring that your vinyl flooring lasts longer is to make sure you install the flooring in the form of sheets and not tiles. I’ll be explaining you the reason for that ahead.
- Compared to other bathroom flooring options, vinyl is a very affordable flooring option.This is because vinyl is manufactured artificially in factories. Most of the other flooring materials are obtained from natural sources.
- It has high slip resistance. This is important not only for our feet but also other objects like bathing stool, walking stick of the elderly and so on. Due to its texture, vinyl flooring offers good resistance to slipping for man and object alike.
- Vinyl is a very versatile material in terms of looks and texture. Gone are the times when you had only a few patterns and textures for vinyl flooring which made it look cheap and undesirable for a home. Today, you can give it the look of a ceramic tile, a wooden tile or give it any pattern or texture to suit your taste.
How does vinyl flooring compare to other flooring materials in terms of cost?
Being a synthetic material made in factories, vinyl flooring costs much less than the naturally available materials like stone, marble or ceramic. While marble flooring costs anything between $6 to $40 for the most premium quality, one square foot of the best quality vinyl costs you around $10 tops.
You can get vinyl flooring for much less than $10 per square foot. For example, the cheapest vinyl flooring costs as little as 50 cents per square foot. However it is not as durable as you might want it to be. Hence it is much wiser to choose higher grade vinyl flooring that costs you less than half of the other flooring options with similar designs and concept.
I have put together the price of different flooring options in the table below for your convenience.
|Vinyl||$0.5 – $10||Per sq. ft|
|Marble||$6 – $40||Per sq. ft|
|Ceramic||$1 – $30||Per sq. ft.|
|Porcelain||$3 – $35||Per sq. ft.|
|Linoleum||$2 – $15||Per sq. ft.|
*This is the price range from the basic quality to the best quality
How to use vinyl flooring for the bathroom floor
When using vinyl for your bathroom flooring, you have two options : Either you use vinyl tiles or use whole vinyl sheets on the subfloor.
If you are doing it yourself, laying vinyl tiles instead of sheets may seem like an easier option. However over time, the durability of vinyl tiles used as flooring can be in question. You see, the gap between the tiles may cause some moisture to seep in below onto the subfloor, which can reduce its life. To prevent this possibility, you have to periodically seal the gaps between the tiles and this can get cumbersome.
On the other hand, if you use vinyl sheets for the flooring, they are more durable as they are one continuous unit. So you don’t have moisture penetrating onto the subfloor. However, one drawback of sheets is that you have to be very careful while doing the flooring as you need to get your measurements fairly accurate. You also need to be careful while cutting the sheets.
So what’s the best way to lay vinyl flooring on your bathroom floor?
Without a doubt, you should go for an expert who specializes in replacing flooring. These people are professionals and have years of experience behind their back. So they know what approach works best and there are minimal chances of anything going wrong.
But if you are someone who believes in DIY, you should use vinyl sheets for the flooring.
Which is the next safest bathroom flooring?
After vinyl, the next safest material for bathroom flooring among the more conventional options is ceramic or porcelain. Tiles of these materials are highly durable and cost effective as well. If you are ready to be a bit unconventional, rubber is one material which comes closest to vinyl in terms of non-slip and safety.
Are there any disadvantages to vinyl flooring?
We know how vinyl can be a preferred choice for bathroom flooring. However just like any other material, it does have some disadvantages as well.
- Vinyl being soft, can get damaged by heavy load or sharp objects. This usually holds true if you’re using vinyl flooring for the rest of your house as you will be moving furniture around. In the bathroom, there are minimal chances of heavy loads or sharp objects causing damage.
- Secondly, if you install vinyl tiles, the subfloor can get damaged due to moisture seeping in through the gaps between two tiles. Hence it is better to install vinyl sheets for bathroom flooring.
- Overtime, vinyl flooring tends to curl from the subfloor and from the edges.
Is vinyl flooring slippery when dry?
Now we know that among all options, vinyl flooring is the safest to use in a wet environment. But what if the surface remains dry all the time? When dry, vinyl flooring is equally safe. It can be a good option to use in other rooms if you’re on a tight budget.