Your laundry room floor can sometimes take quite a beating– between muddy shoes, dirty clothes, and potential washing machine overflow, as well as high amounts of daily traffic, it has to be tough to handle everything it’s put through. Because of this room’s highly specific needs, it requires a specific floor as well.
The best choice of material for a laundry room floor is vinyl, for several reasons. First, vinyl is moisture resistant, so it won’t warp or mold like wood or carpet. Even if you never experience a washing machine flood, chances are you’ll have some lingering moisture in your laundry room just from daily use. Over time, this moisture can damage some flooring materials, but vinyl won’t be harmed by it.
Second, vinyl is easy to clean. Anyone who’s ever accidentally spilled liquid laundry detergent onto carpet knows how much of a pain it can be to clean up. With vinyl, spills wipe right up with ease. It’s also a convenient floor to keep clean because all you have to do is sweep up any dust or lint from the dryer. You can clean in between and underneath your washer and dryer without having to reach around awkward spaces with a vacuum hose.
Finally, vinyl is your best choice because of its affordability and ease of installation. Over time, even the best laundry room floors will deteriorate and need to be replaced. Vinyl is very reasonably priced, and it is not a difficult material to install, making the interruption to your life minimal. Your vinyl will serve you well for years to come, but when its days are up, you can bring in new vinyl with ease.
If you prefer a different material, you still have options. A good alternative to vinyl is tile. Although it is more expensive, tile makes for a strong floor that will resist damage more than any other common material. It shares all of the key benefits of vinyl, as well– it is moisture resistant and easy to clean. Tile makes for a more elegant look if you aren’t a fan of vinyl, which is a perk for many homeowners looking to tie rooms together as one coherent space. If you choose to install tile, select a dark grout color so that collected dust, dirt, and lint won’t make the floor look dingy.