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Remodelling your bathroom floor: Top tips
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Remodelling your bathroom floor: Top tips

Posted by Rebecca Doody in DIY advice | 1 year ago 5 min read

From vinyl and laminate to tiles, there are many options when it comes to updating your bathroom flooring. In this expert article, we'll help you save time and money with our top tips and tricks.

Is your current bathroom flooring looking a little worn or dated? If so, it may be high time you thought about remodelling your bathroom floor. With so many different flooring options available these days, it should be relatively easy to update your bathroom floor in a cost-efficient and time-efficient manner. And at Victoria Plum, we’re here to help you make all the right choices, as we share some expert tips and tricks with you.

When to replace your bathroom floor

One of the main reasons homeowners decide to remodel their bathroom floors is due to wear and tear, staining or rot. Signs of bathroom floor rot include odour, discolouration, visible mould and mildew, softness or instability underfoot, not to mention the risk of slipping. If you notice any of these signs, it's time to consider replacing and remodelling your bathroom floor.

On the other hand, many people decide to remodel their bathroom floor because they’ve grown tired of the current design, or simply want to switch colours or styles. Again, if this is the case, there really is nothing stopping you!

Calcolo Lyle marble white SPC flooring 6mm

The challenges of bathroom floor renovation

When it comes to bathroom floor renovation, there are obviously certain elements which can present you with challenges, depending on your own DIY experience. One thing which may seem daunting is working around the existing fixtures in your bathroom, like the toilet, basin and bath. Even the most experienced tile cutter may find this a tough task. The more wall hung items you have in your bathroom, the easier the task will be. So, it pays to consider just how awkward or simple your bathroom flooring layout may be.

You can find out just how easy (or how hard!) it is to fit laminate bathroom flooring here:

Suitable flooring types

There are many different flooring types that are suitable for bathrooms. Some popular options include:

Ceramic tiles

This is a classic choice for bathroom floors. Ceramic tiles are durable, easy to clean, affordable and available in a wide variety of styles and colours.

Calcolo Crane vitrified ceramic feature wall and floor tiles 250mm x 250mm

Porcelain tiles

Yet another firm bathroom favourite, porcelain tiles may cost a little more than ceramic tiles, but they are denser, more durable, less absorbent and more resistant to stains.

Stone tiles

This is another durable option that can add a touch of luxury to your bathroom. Stone tiles are available in a variety of materials, including marble, granite and travertine.

Laminate plank flooring

This type of flooring is highly water-resistant, because the tightness between the planks prevents moisture from seeping into the wood base and causing rot or mould growth. Laminate floors are also easy to clean and maintain, which is particularly important in a bathroom.

Calcolo Champlain Victorian tile water resistant laminate flooring 8mm

Vinyl plank flooring

This is known for its durability and water-resistant nature. It's an excellent option for bathroom floors and other areas prone to moisture.

SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) plank flooring

This is a type of vinyl flooring that is made from a combination of limestone and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It is known for its durability, water-resistance and ease of installation.

You can find out more about what flooring is best for bathrooms in our handy guide.

Cost and time

If you're planning on tackling the project yourself, laying floor tiles in an average-sized bathroom typically takes about 15 to 20 hours. So, realistically, this may take you a couple of days to complete. For laminate, vinyl or SPC flooring, it can take less time, although it's advisable to install it before placing bathroom fixtures like sinks and toilets to prevent damage from expansion and contraction.

The cost of remodelling the floor of a bathroom (fitting costs only) can range between £40–£60 per square metre for laminate, vinyl or SPC flooring, whilst you’re looking at somewhere between £100–£120 per square metre for tiles. These estimates were accurate at the time of publication, but you may want to check in with our guide to bathroom costs for the most recent figures or read our guide to new bathroom flooring costs.

Many bathroom fitters offer free on-site quotations, so it's a good idea to contact local professionals for a more accurate cost estimate tailored to your bathroom renovation.

During floor remodelling, the toilet in your bathroom will often need to be removed, which can increase the labour cost involved. If you’re in need of a new toilet, it might be worth your while factoring this into the overall cost.

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Full bathroom renovations

If you're looking to remodel your entire bathroom, be prepared for a renovation cost of somewhere around the £10,000 mark or higher, depending on the size of your bathroom. Premium bathroom fittings and features, such as luxury brand taps and wall mounted sinks, will increase the overall cost.

Additional costs include plumbing work, as well as essential bathroom fittings like sinks, taps, bathtubs, and showers. The decision to remodel the entire bathroom depends on your needs and desires. Bear in mind that renovations can potentially increase the resale value of your home, which is worth considering when calculating costs.

Remodelling on a budget

To reduce the budget of your remodelling project, consider renovating only what is necessary and reusing fittings that are still in good condition. DIY-ing part of the project and careful planning can also help you avoid unforeseen costs.

And finally, it pays to buy all your bathroom products at Victoria Plum. Thanks to our price match promise, you know you’re getting the best deal on everything you need.

Shop bathroom flooring and tiles

If you've decided to kick-start your bathroom floor remodelling project, why not browse the wide selection of bathroom flooring and tiles at Victoria Plum? Simply click on either of the banners below to begin.

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More ideas and advice for your bathroom floor remodelling project

If you've chosen to remodel your bathroom floor, it's always worth reading up on the subject before doing anything. At Victoria Plum, you'll find plenty of expert advice on bathroom flooring, including a handy bathroom flooring guide and guide to tiles, so you can make an informed choice before you buy.

Thinking of upgrading your heating system? We'll explain which flooring is suitable for underfloor heating. And, if you're considering a hands-on approach, you may want to find out whether your flooring or toilet go in first or even if you should tile the walls or floor first!

If you're seeking inspiration, we also have plenty of great bathroom flooring ideas to get you started.

Author, Rebecca Doody

Posted by Rebecca Doody in DIY advice | 1 year ago

Originally from Somerset, Rebecca is our resident copywriter who takes care of all things product related. Rebecca loves the modern interior style with both neutral and bold influences to create a statement look.

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