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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Plank Floors – Installing in the Bathroom

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Vinyl plank floors are an easy, affordable way to update any room, including bathrooms, since it is 100% water-resistant. As with any flooring product, there are pros and cons when it comes to vinyl plank floors. When it comes to installing vinyl in your bathroom, there are a few things to consider. We will cover if vinyl floor is a good idea for a bathroom and what potential cons you may experience.

Types of Vinyl Plank Flooring for the Bathroom

If you opt for a vinyl plank floor, there are a few options to choose from. All of these options will be 100% water resistance.

Glue Down Vinyl Planks

Another great option for a bathroom is a glue-down vinyl plank floor. This installation requires the planks to be glued to the subfloor.

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Floating Vinyl Planks

Floating vinyl plank flooring is installed by interlocking the seams and joints. This means that the floor floats as one singular piece.

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Vinyl Tiles

You may also see vinyl tiles when shopping for a vinyl plank floor. Vinyl tiles can be found in both glue-down and floating installation methods. The only different between a vinyl tile and vinyl plank is the stone or tile appearance vs. a wood look. Many people will opt for a tile look for a bathroom!

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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Plank Flooring for the Bathroom

For vinyl plank flooring, we can argue the pros outweigh the cons for a bathroom installation. Let’s discuss why.

Advantages of Vinyl Plank Flooring

  • 100% Waterproof – Vinyl flooring is 100% water resistance and can withstand daily water exposure with no issue.
  • Affordable – Vinyl plank flooring is a very affordable option for a small project, like a bathroom. You can also save money on installation, as it is DIY friendly.
  • DIY Installation – As mentioned above, you can save on your vinyl flooring installation by doing it yourself. Installation doesn’t require any power tools and can easily be completed in a few hours depending on the size of the space.
  • Commercial Durability – Vinyl flooring can have commercial-grade durability. Since a bathroom is used frequently, it can withstand a lot of traffic from busy families.
  • Anti-Slip – With vinyl flooring, the worries of having a slippery surface go out the window! Vinyl has an anti-static and anti-slip surface.
  • Flat Surface – With traditional bathroom floors, you may have a grouted tile. With vinyl flooring, you will have one continuous, flat surface.
  • Low Maintenance – Vinyl flooring is one of the most low maintenance floors on the market. You will find these floors easy to clean and care for with a simple maintenance routine.
  • Cohesive with Other Rooms – If you’re looking for a floating look between all rooms, vinyl is a great option! Instead of transitioning to tile, you can float the same flooring throughout the rooms and bath.

Disadvantages of Vinyl Plank Flooring

  • Subfloor Damage – Although vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof, you want to ensure that your flooring has no gaps or potential for water to leak between edges. Water can cause damage beneath the planks, it is it important to caulk where necessary and follow all manufacturer instructions for installation in the bathroom. If you opt for a glue down vinyl, you will have a lot less worry, as the glue will be a protective barrier between the subfloor.
  • Puncturing – Vinyl flooring is durable, but the surface is soft. Sharp objects can cause dents and scratching. We’d recommend selecting a vanity that doesn’t have sharp or pointed legs to avoid any damage over time.
  • Glue Down Removal – If you go with a glue-down vinyl plank, it will be harder to remove if you ever want a change in the flooring.
  • Fading – Vinyl flooring is known to fade in direct sunlight. Most bathrooms will have some type of shade, so this may be less of a concern than usual installations.

Do The Pros Outweigh The Cons for a Bathroom?

For a bathroom, you can see there is a long list of pros. From being budget and DIY friendly, to its water resistance, vinyl is a great option for a full or 1/2 bath project. In our experience, the cons are minimal for this type of installation.

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Is Vinyl Flooring For Me?

That is for you to decide! For the consumer searching for an affordable, stunning looking floor; vinyl plank flooring offers a nice solution. It is also of the utmost importance that the instructions are followed when it comes to installing vinyl plank flooring, especially in a bathroom application. Most companies will not honor warranty requests when the flooring is not installed properly. If you are not a DIY project person, you may want to hire a professional to install your vinyl plank flooring. For the DIY project lover, vinyl plank flooring should be an easy project.

Vinyl plank flooring can be a good choice for the consumer searching for an affordable, durable floor that will look nice and withstand the wear and tear that can be tossed its way. As with any flooring purchase, educate yourself and know your limitations when it comes to the installation process. Know the pros and cons of vinyl plank floors before you install and you will appreciate the value of your new floor.

Have you installed vinyl plank flooring? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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Vickie Randall March 12, 2020 - 10:38 am

Why does most of the LVT flooring come in a mat finish? I want it to look glossy like REAL hardwood flooring! I can only find a few offerings in glossy. Is there a reason for this? If it’s less desirable, why?

Alana Kane March 19, 2020 - 6:58 am

Hi Vickie, thanks for the question. The top coating is different on a vinyl than a hardwood, so it makes it look matte. Glossy floors can also lead to more maintenance with foot prints and dirt, so that may also be why they are not as popular.

Brit March 11, 2020 - 11:47 pm

Do luxury vinyl planks generally make noise when stepped on? Or does it depend on how level your floor is?

Alana Kane March 19, 2020 - 6:57 am

Hi Brit, thanks for the question. Usually vinyl is pretty low-sound. A level floor will make a huge difference in noise reduction. If your subfloor is not level, then the planks will move into the low spots, which can cause noise when walking on it.

Lori Robinson January 31, 2020 - 9:24 pm

We have rolling chairs as our dining room table and chairs. Our living room furniture has motorized lifts and are very heavy. I worry that these two things will damage vinyl planks. Am I right or wrong?

Alana Kane February 4, 2020 - 11:34 am

Hi Lori, yes these can potentially dent and scratch your vinyl. You will want to put mats under your rollers and pads under any legs or sharp corners of your furniture.

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Dean Phillips February 5, 2019 - 10:22 pm

My wife and I both work full time, so it is difficult for us to maintain our home. It’s refreshing to see in your article that vinyl would be a low-maintenance choice for flooring. We will take these pros into consideration as we look for the perfect floor.

Alana Kane February 6, 2019 - 2:16 pm

Awesome Dean!

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