What are my options bathroom Flooring?

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  1. maclover

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    Hi guys,

    About to start doing the bathroom in first house.

    Though I'm in a predicament with the flooring situation.

    The bathroom floor is chipboard :(

    I've read that you can put ply down, but its not a guaranteed solution.

    And the other downside is the height of a possible step up into the bathroom.

    I also want underfloor heating.

    Other option? - Vinyl tiles, but do any vinyl tiles/or similar allow underfloor heating?

    Wooden Flooring? - Haven't even looked at that.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers
     
  2. danmc_82

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    You can use underfloor heating with any type of flooring layed ontop, as long as its not 6" concrete :D

    I think the look of a wooden floor in the bathroom is great so thats what ill be doing when I do mine.
     
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    i suspect you would only need to fit ply over chipboard if you were tiling it with ceramic tiles , wouldnt have thought there would be any need for vinyl , what sort of area are you talking ? , if only small i wouldnt bother with underfloor heating , i would spend more on a quality radiator and make a showpiece of it :smashin:
     
  4. maclover

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    Thanks for the reply,

    When you say wooden flooring, do you mean solid wood/engineered/laminate?

    Cheers
     
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    We had ply under ceramic tiles. I'd disagree not bothering with underfloor heating. We have it in one ensuite and main bathroom and IMO it makes a massive difference having warm feet!. If you are having wood flooring it probably won't be as necessary but with ceramic tiles I'd say its a must.
     
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    I mentioned the ply, as I would have liked marble/granite tiles. However, from what I have read and been told, it's only a matter of time before the tiles either crack or the grout does.

    Whatever the decision, I'd like underfloor heating.

    It's quite a small bathroom, only 1 bathroom in the house, so want to hopefully make it all nice :), the property owners before did very little and what they did just made things worse.
     
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    I've got Amtico flooring in my bathroom, it's pretty good...

    Amtico UK Home Page

    ...worth a look.

    :)
     
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    Ourensuite is about6 years old and tiles are still immaculate. They are big tiles though which I think are more stable but using the right adhesive and grout will ensure they last.
     
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    Yes that is an option, my GF's dad uses this within his kitchen business, need to drop a subtle hint for him to mention it to the fitter.. :smashin:
     
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    Is this on a chipboard floor?

    As that is my only predicament for not not choosing ceramic/marble tiles.

    I would have thought smaller tiles would be a safer bet?
     
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    Wooden floor boards- which if anything I would have thought were less stable than chip board. The ply was screwed down every 6 "
     
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    We have floorboards (new) with plywood board (about 3/4mm) then vinyl tiles that look like floorboards. No problems with cold feet.

    I'd only have tile floor in the bathroom was on the ground floor tbh. And for tiles you would need underfloor heating.
     
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    no you wouldnt , you may like to have it , you wouldnt need it :smashin:
     
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    Dunno, have ceramic tiling in the understairs toilet downstairs, freezing if you're bare foot wouldn't want that in a bathroom.
     
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    We have porcelain tiles in all three bathrooms, they were laid with flexible tile adhesive / grout on the upper floors and so far have been fine.
     
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    People who are replying about the ceramic tiles being fine.
    Yes they probably will be on floorboards.
    But in my instance I have chipboard floor and fitting ceramic tiles directly to chipboard is a nono.
     
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    We had tiles on chipboard. Turned out the guys who built the place cut corners and the water would leak between the mastic/grouting (they used the cheapest stuff apparently). In the end we noticed a bubble on the downstairs ceiling, upon poking it the water 'gushed out'. Luckily the insurance company paid out for 2 new bathrooms (the ensuite also had a leak). Chipboard was soaked, but apparently it wasn't too bad and would dry out ok.

    All I can say is I'm glad I was renting the place, if it was my own property, would have stressed me out.
     
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    Our concrete floor pan equilibrates to the same temperature as the rest of the house so the marble tiles in the bathroom are at 20 deg C. Not toasty, but they don't feel particularly cold.
     
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    completely agree , i have posted this before so hopefully it is ok this time , try www.tilersforums.co.uk if you need any tiling advice , cannot fault the help i got :thumbsup:
     
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    I have tiles on ply on chipboard, been there for 6 years I think. No problems so far. No underfloor heating either, just a big towel rad. Does not get particularly cold under foot. There is a thread in the home appliance section iirc about a timer on a spur. May make you think twice about the underfloor heating

    Edit : it's in Renewables
     
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