The cost of repairing damage from water is very high, whether it’s a tap or flooding. Various reasons can cause this kind of problem, including broken pipe, an overflowing tub and a blocked drainpipe. To prevent damage to your bathroom floor, you should be aware that a small shower leak can turn into a problematic situation. Waterproofing can be accomplished by treating existing flooring or installing new ones that are water-resistant.
Here are 4 essential questions to consider before making a decision:
Aren’t the bathroom materials already water-resistant?
One of the most common misunderstandings about bathroom flooring is that it is already water-resistant. Even the tiniest leaks can cause water damage to materials like linoleum and tile. Even routine usage can have an effect in some circumstances. Moisture, for example, can leak into tile grout over time, compromising its water-resistance capabilities.
While a small amount of damaged grout or caulk may not seem alarming at first, it can escalate to serious shower problems if left unattended. It’s the little things that add up to significant difficulties, causing your bathroom floors to lose their water resistance.
What type of materials should I use?
The ideal solution to this is to use waterproofing products in places that can get wet. The cement backer board can be a good place to start when you’re trying to waterproof your flooring. Vinyl flooring with excellent water resistance is also an option for your bathroom floors.
Vinyl floors are mould-resistant (essential to consider if your bathroom has restricted ventilation) and resistant to scratches and other types of damage. Vinyl flooring may usually be installed directly over your existing flooring. This means you won’t have to gut your bathroom or undergo extensive renovations.
Ceramic tiles are available in a wide range of styles to complement your bathroom’s overall décor. Best of all, this type of flooring is known for its durability, which means you won’t have to worry about water damage spoiling your bathroom.
What should you do to keep your bathroom floor safe?
Examine the situation of your grout lines regularly if you have tiles in your bathroom. Examine your grout lines for cracks, discolouration, and erosion, as these are common signs that need to be fixed (or replaced depending on the extent of the damage). Grout sealers, which are placed after installation to provide a moisture barrier, are designed to prevent such damage.
Examine your bathroom’s wall lines for any cracks. Silicone is excellent for filling in gaps between the wall and the floor as it prevents moisture from penetrating your bathroom flooring. Then it’s only a matter of maintaining and caring for it regularly. Always clean up spills as soon as possible, and reseal your grout lines every two years.
How does the amount of water in a bathroom influence my choices?
When choosing a material, keep in mind how much water each bathroom will be exposed to. Because encaustic tile does not get as much wear and tear as bathroom tile, it is more efficient to put it in a powder room. Because porcelain tiles are less water-resistant, they may be better suited to a bathroom with a tub.
So, what did I learn today? Well, there are many different options out there when it comes to waterproofing bathrooms. You don’t necessarily need to go through the hassle of installing new floors just because your bathroom gets some water splashed around occasionally. There are several ways to make sure your bathroom stays dry without having to spend thousands of dollars.