When people begin to plan a renovation or remodel, the one room they always seem to forget about – and then have very little budget left over for, is the bathroom. But, just because this is considered a secondary room, doesn’t mean you should just leave it to the last second.
A bathroom is much more than just a place to brush your teeth or put your makeup on. It can essentially be your oasis, your place to relax and unwind. One of the things you should be including in your budget for the bathroom is the shower itself, specifically the floors. There are really only 5 or 6 main types of floors for the inside of your shower, which will be talked about below as well as the pros and cons of each.
Marble Tiles for Shower Floors
When most people think of marble, they think of luxury and elegance – as you should. This is not the cheapest material, in fact, it’ll probably set you back a few thousand dollars, but it looks and feels amazing. The best finishes are a honed finish for the inside of the shower that reduces slipping. The polished marble tile option is best suited for things like counters.
Marble tile flooring is a very versatile material. It can be cut into all sorts of shapes, from regular tiles to herringbone, to subway and more. The biggest con to a material like this is that it needs to be taken care of a lot. Soap scum, shampoo, body soap – these are all not going to get along with marble very well. Marble tiles stain pretty easy and they can be scratched, so that’s why it’s important that you have a good sealer on the stone.
Travertine Tiles for Shower Floors
Marble is versatile in terms of shapes and styles, but travertine is versatile in terms of the color and cut style – it’s tiles come in honed, polished, tumbled and even chiseled. The colors might include variations of; reds, browns, grays and golds as well as creams. This is a naturally slip resistant material, unless of course, you get it polished, the tumbled and honed styles work really well as a floor - especially the one that will be wet or damp every day. This is also a material that will last for years to come, just like marble. Like with marble, this is a stone that absolutely needs to be sealed at least once every couple of years. You will also need to watch what types of shampoos, soaps, and cleaners you use. Anything that remotely uses dyes is going to stain the stone.
Porcelain Tiles Shower Floors
Above all other materials, porcelain tiles which are similar to ceramic tile are used the most. And why not?. Porcelain tiles are slip resistant, durable, come in all sorts of styles, colors, patterns and types of stone styles for your bathroom designs, easy to clean and it can even be made to look like other materials. Porcelain tiles can be made to look like other tile materials e.g. natural stone, marble, travertine and also, not to mention, wood floors and more, therefore, you can basically get any style of porcelain tile for your bathroom shower floors. Of course, they won't feel like these materials, but beauty is half the battle. When you add grout to the tile (walls or floor), make sure it's a textured grout, otherwise, it can get very slippery. You might also want to seal your grout so that it won't stain as easily – over time it will stain from soaps, shampoos, cleaners, etc. Well enough said, you can pretty much achieve a dream kitchen
Wood as Shower Floors
This is actually becoming quite a trend and for good reason. Wood is one of those natural materials that just looks good without even trying. Doesn’t matter if it’s wood on your walls, on your kitchen floor, your cabinets in the bathroom or wherever else. Wood just looks cozy, warm, and very appealing to the eye. These are usually slats that will sit above your shower base, each slat has space between it to allow the water to “drain” down through the slats and into the drain. While this all sounds amazing, you probably also know that over time, wood and water can cause adverse effects. Over time your wood floors will become warped and faded. Plus, you don’t have direct access to the drain so over time the drain can get mucked up with hair, soap scum and more. Wood shower floors can be a costly material, which really should be too surprising.