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On The Green Arts & Crafts Festival!

The weather looks like it's going to be fantastic this weekend! Looking for something different to do outside?    The Nick is the venue for an arts and crafts fair. Best of all, it's free admission!!!

 

 

On The Green Arts & Crafts Festival

   

When: July 24-26

Where: The Nick, 10 Trotting Track Rd, Rt 28, Wolfeboro

Summer Vacation Arts & Crafts Fair: 10am-5pm, Sun 10-4pm Fine arts, crafts including wood furniture, food music, rain or shine under canopies, masks and social distancing required.  Free admission, Joyce's Craft Fair, held at Nick Recreation Park, More info. call 528-4014, www.joycescraftshows.com

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Free Virtual Tutoring and Summer Camp for Kids!

As featured on GMA3 last week, here is an amazing project created by teens for kids!  Yes, teenagers Sarah Shapiro and Skye Loventhal are the co-founders who kiddingly call themselves the "Dynamic Duo". Throughout their friendship, they have always collaborated on new ideas and inventions. During the pandemic, they recognized a need to keep kids motivated and active, as well as taking stress off parents by providing daily activity sessions and one-on-one tutoring. Together, they brainstormed the idea where high school students mentor elementary school students and best of all, it's fun and it's free!  

THEIR MISSION

The current COVID-19 pandemic is keeping children at home, leading them to no longer have their usual time spent in school, sports, art classes, etc. The Covid NineTEEN project provides FREE teen-led activities and one-on-one tutoring meant to support elementary school students. Their teen mentors help keep children motivated and take stress off of parents. They are a group of motivated teens who are using this valuable time to make a difference in the world. They hope to serve as mentors for elementary school children to help them fill their time and continue to flourish despite the uncertainty of the outside world.

For more information, please copy and paste the link below into the search bar: 

https://sites.google.com/view/covidnineteenproject/home

 

 

Home Offices Are Sprouting in the Backyard!

As remote working grows more common, homeowners are trying to carve out more space, indoors and out, for a dedicated home office.

From Realtor Magazine

When space is tight or household noise is too loud, some homeowners are taking their office outside. The backyard home office is a growing trend, The New York Times reports.

  

Some homeowners are taking inspiration from the "man cave" and “she shed” phenomenon of the last few years and putting up shed-style home offices. For example, the company Studio Shed offers prefabricated panels that can be shipped, built, and assembled in a backyard to create a 100-square-foot home office. James Wilson in Oakland, Calif., who works in finance, and his wife Meg Wilson, a nurse practitioner who engages in telehealth, used one to create a private backyard office. From the time they ordered it until their backyard office was complete spanned a little over four weeks at a cost of $31,000.

Space-constrained homeowners are looking for solutions for a workspace. For some, it’s even been motivation to move. A recent survey of real estate agents conducted by HomeLight says that a designated home office will likely be the most desirable or important feature to home buyers in a post-pandemic era.

Homeowners who want to stay put are turning to their backyard to make space. Several companies are touting backyard solutions, like Kanga Room Systems (units start at about $5,000 for an 80-square-foot kit the buyer can assemble) and Modern Shed. These companies can ship standalone structures that can be assembled by homeowners to keep their home offices separated from their living spaces.

Studio Shed officials say they’ve doubled their sales over the last year. In April alone, their sales were four times it was a year prior. The company’s units start at $10,000.

The Modern Shed says they’ve noticed their orders drastically increasing as well. “We’ve always offered this very simple solution because you don’t need to tear up an existing house and you can just add it to your backyard,” Ryan Grey Smith, founder of Modern Shed, based in Seattle, told The New York Times. “It’s this little structure where you can feel like you’re working miles away, even though you’re only 30 feet away.”

 

Source: “Your New Home Office May Be in the Backyard,” The New York Times (July 14, 2020)

 

Projects to Transform Your Home While Social Distancing

Thinking about making some home improvements, but not sure where to start? These projects will add value and help attract buyers should you decide to sell your home.

By: Christopher Kelly, RE/MAX Bayside

The Kitchen

You don’t have to completely redo the kitchen to make a big difference. If you have outdated countertops, cabinet doors, light fixtures, or a leaky faucet, just renovating those aspects of the kitchen can make a big difference! You’ll also be surprised at the difference a new backsplash can make.

The Paint

Almost every room can benefit from a fresh coat of paint, especially if you aren’t happy with the colors you have now. Start fresh or even just touching up your existing paint can make a big difference!

The Bathrooms

Does your home’s bathroom remind you of the spa? If not, it may be time for some updates. Simple changes like a new shower curtain or rug are a cost effective way to make a big impact, but even bigger changes, like replacing a toilet or shower head are easy to do and won’t break the bank.

Whatever this summer has in store for your family, we're here to answer any questions you have about real estate and the current market. If you or someone you know is in the market, let us know!

Three Reasons to Pressure Wash Your Home

You may be planning to spend more time at home this summer than ever before, so why not make your home look its best? Pressure washing can make your home look cleaner and newer, but it also has surprising maintenance benefits as well. Whether you tackle this as a DIY project or bring in a pro, here are the top three reasons you should pressure wash your home. 

By: Christopher Kelly, RE/MAX Bayside

 

Prevent Mold, Mildew, and Dirt

Over time, mold, mildew, and dirt can cause your home to deteriorate. If mold and mildew makes its way through your walls into the home, it can cause health concerns, particularly for those living with allergies or asthma. Pressure washing can help prevent damage to your home and protect your family.

Prepare for Paint

Have you been thinking about repainting your home? Pressure washing it first can clear off any grime or loose paint so that you can apply your new paint to a smooth surface and get the best possible results.

Improve Curb Appeal

First impressions can leave a lasting impact on how your guests view your home, and having a clean exterior can have a dramatic positive impact on your curb appeal. Having good curb appeal can also give your home a boost in value should you decide to sell your home.

 

Independence Day Celebrations - Virtually!

This weekend, Saturday, July 4th, marks the 244th anniversary of the birth of our nation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th of July will no doubt look bit different from previous years! Between parades, concerts and fireworks displays being cancelled across the country, we will be looking for other ways to celebrate. Though some shows are still on, it is important to be diligent when it comes to social distancing, washing hands often and wearing masks.

Here are some ideas you, your family and friends may want to try...

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Hamilton movie, on Disney Plus July 3, gets you 'best seat in the house'. The Broadway phenomenon arrives on the small screen just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Watch it online from your TV, phone or desktop.

If you're not subscribed to Disney Plus, you won't be able to use a free trial to see the show. Disney has recently shut down the free trial program, which means you'll need to watch Hamilton from a paid subscriber account.

Streaming�Hamilton on Disney Plus. The Broadway hit was filmed at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016 over the course of three days. Lyricist and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, rapper Daveed Diggs and the rest of the original cast, including Okieriete Onaodowan, Phillipa Soo and Anthony Ramos, were still on stage telling the story of US founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Hamilton opened on Broadway in 2015. It went on to take home 11 Tony Awards, and won a Grammy for its popular soundtrack.

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Nathans Famous 4th of July, Hot Dog-Eating Contest will go on.. with some COVID-19 changes.

When: July 4th at Noon, ET

Where: ESPN

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If you are missing sports due to coronavirus and "relish" the chance to watch something competitive, we have good news for you.

Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest will air as usual at noon, Fourth of July on ESPN.

The frank fest will be one of the first major televised post-COVID-19 competitive events to be held in the U.S.

The annual contest, which takes place on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, will go on in a private location without fans.

There will only be five entrants this year, instead of the usual 15.

According to Nathans Famous Senior Vice President James Walker, 2020 has been a year for the history books, and the realization that this storied July 4 tradition would be able to occur, is a great feeling. With that being said, our country and our world has endured so much in the last couple of months, that we'd be remiss if we didn't use this moment to honor those that have done so much for each of us during this time.

The first-ever unofficial contest took place in 1916, when, legend says, four immigrants gathered at the very first Nathans Famous hot dog stand in Coney Island and made eating contest history, according to Nathan's Famous website. As the story goes, they were competing to see who was the most patriotic. How did they determine the winner? With a hot dog-eating contest, of course!

The contest is a 10-minute sprint in which competitors usually eat the buns and hot dogs separately, dunking the buns in water to help them consume them faster.

Last year, Joey Chestnut ate 71 hot dogs to win the mens side, while Miki Sudo downed 31 on the way to her sixth straight womens title.

Chestnut has�held the title of reigning champ a total of 12 times�eight consecutive years from 2007 to 2014 and from 2016-2019.

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He holds the record for most hot dogs eaten: 74 franks in 2018. Three-time winner Sonya Thomas set the womens record of 43 in 2011.

by: Nexstar Media Wire

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James Taylor at Fenway Park with special guest appearance by Bonnie Raitt!!

When: Saturday, July 4�https://bit.ly/2Bp5hhl

YouTube: 11am PT / 1pm CT/ 2pm ET
Facebook: 2pm PT / 4pm CT / 5pm ET�

Then spend the evening with a Taylor family favorite: The�Boston Pops! "A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes" is a 3-hour concert extravaganza that will air July 4 at 8pm ET on�Bloomberg Radio�and�Bloomberg Television.�

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Boston Pops to present a "Boston Pops Salute To Our Heroes", paying tribute to the frontline workers in many fields and honoring those who have lost their lives during the current health crisis, while celebrating our diverse Nation's founding values of liberty and justice for all.�

A Boston Pops Salute To Our Heroes to feature newly created content from the Boston Pops and guest artists, as well as highlights from recent presentations of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

Live performance on the Charles River Esplanade will not take place this year, due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.

Instead, plan a socially distanced (with masks!) picnic with family and friends not more than ten! Better yet, organize a socially distanced watch party! Listen while you work or exercise and plan to post your photos and videos online! James's team will repost photos and videos during the concert and all day long.

Fire Pit Safety and You!

"Unfanning" the Flames - Preventing Fire Pit Injuries

By Greg Barnhart

 

Outdoor living spaces have become a trend in homes. Whether one lives on the coast, has a glimpse of the ocean or enjoys the lake and mountain views, bringing the interior to the exterior is a common theme among homeowners. The result is a change in backyard landscaping that includes the wildly popular fire pit.

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, the fire pit ranks No. 1 among a trio of top outdoor design features. A survey of members found fire pits at 75 percent, followed by lighting (67 percent) and wireless connectivity (66 percent). Fire pits have popped up at resort hotels, trendy restaurants and other public places, but it is their increased addition to private properties that has the National Fire Protection Association concerned.

“Summer outdoor parties are some of the best events of the year,” the association’s Web site states. "The warm balmy nights, food cooking on the grill, and friends and family spending quality time together in the backyard or around the pool create wonderful memories that last a lifetime". Although, in addition to exercising social distancing and wearing face masks during this pandemic to stay safe, hosting outdoor events also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. Fortunately, following some simple fire safety tips and guidelines can help ensure you and your guests stay safe.”

“Many people are burned the next day, when abandoned coals are still hot,” NBC News states in an article titled “Injuries from backyard fire pits on the rise, experts warn.” “Even if a parent is nearby, it can take just a few seconds for a serious accident to happen.”

Here are some safety tips:

  • Supervise children at all times and make sure they know to stay at least 10 feet from the fire pit.

  • Alert children when the fire pit is lit, when it is re-lit and when extinguished. Go over the rules with them every time to prevent them from getting burned.

  • Extinguish the fire pit properly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

“Fire pits can remain extremely hot into the next day,” the NBC News article states. “Be sure children are aware of this and supervised until all embers are burned and the temperature returns to normal. If someone suffers a moderate burn, use cool, not cold, water on the burn for 3-5 minutes, then cover with a clean dry cloth. For serious burns, go to the hospital right away.”

It is important to consider the location of a fire pit in proximity to the home, its surrounding vegetation and the neighbors. A good 25 feet from the home, is preferable, if possible, and 10 feet away from bushes and trees and the house next door is a sufficient. A fire pit never should be positioned on a covered patio or under branches, nor should it rest on grass or wood; it should be placed on concrete blocks or tile. In an abundance of caution, fill a bucket sand or water, or fill two with each, or – better yet – have a hose and gloves nearby in case of an emergency.

Fire pits are a fantastic addition to any homestead or rural backyard. They are attractive, inexpensive to use and help to extend the use of your yard through the fall and winter. But when you use a fire pit you are literally playing with fire! Careless misuse could not only set your own house ablaze, but also could spark a grass fire and endanger others nearby.

Baby Got Back(yard)! Maximize Your Outdoor Space

Here are some important considerations to make when planning your outdoor design.

By Julea Joseph

Now that stay-at-home orders have been relaxed, the backyard—which may have been used infrequently recently—has regained primacy as a home feature. So, baby, if you got back(yard), use it!

Recently, clients who I hadn’t worked with since 2011 approached me about updating their outdoor space. They wanted a new deck. Their current deck had no stairs, which didn’t allow them access to the rest of their yard.

Like this client, so many homeowners are rethinking how they can use their outdoor space and make it as usable as their indoor space. Here are a few tips to consider in unlocking the potential of a backyard:

1. Consider how you get access to your backyard. Which spaces on the interior of the home get you to the outside? Are there multiple options? A door from the breakfast area or family room? Can you easily walk around to the backyard from the front yard? These traffic patterns may determine how each usage area of your backyard is then planned out.

2. How do you want to use the space? My client had grand plans for her outdoor space: hot tub, firepit, gazebo, and dining/cooking. After you determine your wish list, you can then pinpoint areas in the backyard that will be best suited for those activities.

      

3. How big do these areas need to be? How you plan to use your backyard will determine the size of the space needed. This is important to consider when plotting out your landscape and ensuring you don’t overcrowd a space. If you want a fire pit area, the key element is the firepit. So, size that, and then take into account adding seating around it and safe distances from the heat and flames.

    

4. What surface hosts these activity spaces? Will you rely on grass, concrete, decking, paving stone? Determine your flooring or turf, and budget accordingly.

5. What are the existing assets or hindrances in your backyard? Do you want to incorporate that large tree in the middle of the yard as part of the design, or will it need to be removed? Do you want to take advantage of a great view? My client had a beautiful pond in her backyard and wanted to make sure that the gazebo she planned to build did not block her neighbors from the great view.

Have fun with your backyard! You can be inspired by your indoor space’s color theme, but don’t be at the mercy of it either. It’s OK to break that rule. There are oodles of ideas to inspire your patio design. Search online for inspiration. Keep a keen eye for ideas.

 

Julea Joseph is the owner and lead designer at Reinventing Space in Chicago. Visit her website and blog at Julea.com(link is external)

To buy or wait?

Whether you’re hearing about low interest rates or longing for more space, you might be wondering if this is a good time to buy. Here’s what you need to know.

From Zillow.com

Are You Missing Out if You Don't Buy Now?

Not necessarily. There are many factors to consider beyond the current shifts in the market.

Zillow economists predict that home prices will most likely decrease between 2-3% through the end of the year from pre-COVID levels and slowly recover by late 2021.

The predictions include two other possible scenarios: Prices decline as much as 4% and take longer to recover, or as little as 1% and recover more quickly. For example, a home priced at $250,000 in February 2020 could be priced between $2,500 and $10,000 lower, at least through the end of the year, according to the forecast.

Which scenario plays out depends on many things, including how quickly the market reopens and whether interested buyers can still afford to purchase a home.

What the forecast doesn’t change is whether buying now or in the foreseeable future is right for you. The decision to buy depends on your personal circumstances. Trying to time the market for the best deal is something even professional investors aren’t very good at.

According to Zillow economists, the current environment poses both opportunities and challenges.

New opportunities for buyers might be out there

If demand stays strong and the crisis passes relatively quickly — both big “ifs” at this moment — then we can probably expect price growth to accelerate like it was earlier this year. If that’s the case, it might be a good time for some buyers in some markets to get ahead of any growth in home prices. Other factors that could help buyers:

  • Mortgage interest rates are very low, which has the potential to significantly boost your buying power.

  • There could be less competition for the still-limited pool of homes for sale, with many people putting plans on hold and staying home.

  • Sellers may be more flexible on pricing and/or timing in order to close a sale, especially if letting their home stay on the market will cost them or delay their own plans.

But the challenges could be daunting

Even with the best forecasting, we can’t know for sure how things will unfold over the coming months. If the crisis persists and social-distancing and other behaviors last through the bulk of the year, home prices may fall somewhat in response to the lack of demand from buyers. It could make sense for some buyers to wait to see if the home they’re eyeing today is available at a lower price tomorrow. Additional considerations:

  • Inventory is already low, and it’s unlikely that many would-be sellers will list their homes right now. That could make it harder for you to find the right home.

  • Mortgage interest rates are low but volatile — and lenders are working through a flood of refinance applications. For would-be buyers who secured financing in early March, this may not be as big an issue. It’ll be a lot tougher if you have not yet started the mortgage process.

  • Logistical hurdles need to be addressed. It may be difficult to complete the sale on time if some of the connected businesses, such as appraisals, inspections and title services, are temporarily closed due to public health orders.

If you have the time and willingness to face the current challenges, now could present some interesting opportunities. But you should have a plan to ensure you can back off or reevaluate as the situation unfolds. If you’re risk-averse or don’t feel ready, you’re likely to be more comfortable waiting until the situation is more clear.

For the most up-to-date housing market analysis, data and commentary on how the market is responding to this situation, visit Zillow Research.

Top Home Bathroom Flooring Options

Freshome Team By Freshome Team in Flooring

Choosing the most suitable bathroom flooring can be daunting. You want your bathroom flooring to complement the rest of the home yet still withstand high moisture levels, humidity and heavy foot traffic. The sheer number of bathroom floor designs, colors, textures and material types further complicate the process. To help cut through the clutter, we’ve narrowed down the best flooring for bathroom areas as well as the pros and cons of each.

Best waterproof bathroom flooring options

There are many bathroom flooring options on the market today, with many of them claiming to be waterproof. But are they? Waterproof flooring means that no water or moisture will penetrate it no matter how long the floor is exposed. In genuinely waterproof flooring materials, the waterproofing product is baked in rather than just being used as a coating. By contrast, water-resistant floors are usually not resistant to moisture under the top layer of the floor. 

While the flooring material may be waterproof, the subfloor is usually not. As such, water can seep through cracks, between floorboards or along the wall and cause damage to the bathroom’s structure. Bathrooms often need a silicone sealant around bathtubs and toilets no matter what flooring type you choose. 

Waterproof bathroom flooring is easier to clean and maintain, but it also protects. Because water will always find its way down through cracks on the floor or in walls, this leakage can manifest itself in the form of damp ceilings or walls, especially if the bathroom is on an upper floor. As waterproof flooring is watertight, there’s little risk of leakage.

Waterproof vinyl flooring

Gone are the days when vinyl was perceived as flimsy or cheap. Today it is one of the most popular flooring options for its durability and comfort. Vinyl planks and tiles come in virtually any color and style imaginable.

Waterproof vinyl flooring’s core is reinforced by additional layers to enhance its rigidity. When shopping for waterproof vinyl flooring with rigid core construction, you are likely to come across wood plastic composite (WPC)and stone plastic composite (SPC).

As the name suggests, WPC incorporates fine sawdust or other wood-like materials, a thermoplastic resin, fiber and a foaming agent. Sometimes referred to as wood polymer composite, this type of flooring material is lightweight, resilient, warm and comfortable when you are standing for long periods.

SPC vinyl flooring material uses ground limestone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and stabilizers. SPC is thinner, denser and heavier compared to WPC flooring. Due to its thin nature, there’s little padding underfoot, which makes it less comfortable.

Types of waterproof vinyl flooring for bathrooms

Waterproof vinyl planks are perhaps the most popular WPC vinyl flooring option on the market today. Made to mimic hardwood floors, they are available in several shapes and sizes.

Waterproof vinyl tile

The top surface of waterproof vinyl tiles is glazed, preventing moisture from seeping through it. Most mimic natural stone, but there are a few that look like wood.

Pros and cons of waterproof vinyl

Pros:

  • Affordability: Vinyl is relatively inexpensive as compared to other flooring options such as porcelain tile or hardwood.

  • Ease of installation: Because vinyl is lightweight, you can cut and adjust it to fit your bathroom floor exactly.

  • Waterproof: Vinyl floors are water-resistant, making them practical for bathrooms.

  • Versatility: Vinyl flooring is available in many shapes, textures and colors.

Cons:

  • Impossible to repair: Once damaged, vinyl flooring cannot be repaired. You have to replace the entire tile or plank.

  • Prone to wear and tear: Compared to other flooring materials such as hardwood that can last a lifetime, vinyl flooring has a maximum lifespan of about 20 years.

  • Tough to remove: If installed using a vinyl adhesive, vinyl floors are challenging to remove.

Porcelain and ceramic tile bathroom floors

From the appearance, it’s difficult to tell porcelain and ceramic tile apart. Both are made from a clay mixture that’s heated in a kiln. However, porcelain flooring is made of refined clay and is heated at higher temperatures making it denser and more durable than ceramic. Porcelain and ceramic are often the best tile for bathroom floors for durability and affordability.

Porcelain and ceramic planks

Technology has made it possible to achieve the appearance of a hardwood floor while maintaining the features of porcelain or ceramic floors through planks that mimic real wood.

Porcelain and ceramic tile

Homeowners are particularly fond of porcelain and ceramic tiles for their bathroom floors due to their versatility and durability. Porcelain tiles are harder, denser, tougher and less porous. On the downside, they are more expensive than ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are more affordable because they are less refined, but are also less durable.

Thin-gauged floor tiles

Gauged porcelain tiles (GPT) measure 36-by-36 inches or smaller. These tiles offer superior porcelain features that are only available from natural stone or marble. Gauged tiles are available in a wide range of styles, textures and colors.

Pros and cons of tile flooring

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain: Tile floorings are normally coated with liquid glass which protects them from stains.

  • Chemical and heat resistant: Tiles made of porcelain and ceramic do not corrode when exposed to chemical agents or extreme temperatures.

  • Diverse colors and styles: Tiles are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, sizes, styles and textures to fit most decor.

  • Durable:  Porcelain and ceramic tiles are rather long-lasting. And water-resistant.

 

Cons:

Hard surface: This type of flooring can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. Professional installation is required: Even slightly uneven tiles can result in breakage, so the installer needs to be skilled and knowledgeable. Cold: This type of floor getscold during colder months. Grout lines: It’s impossible to prevent grout lines entirely. Tiles need some maintenance to keep grout lines clean and mold-free.

Natural stone tiles

When used on your bathroom floor, natural stone tile adds warmth and depth to the bathroom. The tiles are uniquely textured and colored, and can be made of marble, granite, limestone, slate and travertine, among others.

Pros and cons of natural stone tile flooring

Pros:

  • Enhances your bathroom’s elegance: Natural stone flooring can be beautiful and enhance your decor.

  • Aesthetic value: While the tiles may be the same material, each has a different coloring or grain alignment, which adds depth and texture to the space.

  • Increases home resale value: Natural stone flooring is as expensive as it is unique, thus improving the home’s value.

  • Durability: Natural stone is long-lasting when compared to other flooring materials.

Cons:

  • Expensive: Compared to other flooring materials such as vinyl, natural stone is quite costly.

  • Uncomfortable: Like ceramic and porcelain tile, natural stone adapts to existing weather conditions. The floor could become uncomfortable to walk on in cold weather.

  • Difficult to maintain: Soaps and detergents can lead to floor discoloration.

  • Porous: Unlike glazed porcelain or ceramic tiles, natural stones are quite porous and prone to water damage.

Water-resistant laminate floors

Laminate flooring came up as an easy-to-install and more affordable option to hardwood flooring. Since its inception, laminate flooring has undergone tremendous improvements. Today, it is difficult to tell hardwood and laminate flooring apart. There are also laminate flooring styles that resemble natural stone, vinyl and even tiles.

Pros and cons of water-resistant laminate floors

Pros:

  • Easy to install: Laminate flooring is lightweight, so it’s easier to install and ideal for a DIY bathroom floor remodel.

  • Waterproof: Laminate flooring is water-resistant, especially when silicone-sealed around tubs and toilets.

  • Affordability: Laminate flooring is an affordable alternative to hardwood and other flooring types.

  • Durability: Waterproof laminate is long-lasting and practical for a high-traffic bathroom.

Cons:

  • Difficult to repair: While it is durable, laminate flooring has to be replaced when damaged.

  • Less versatile: As it is a relatively newer material, there are fewer options when it comes to design and style as compared to other flooring types.

  • Appearance: While laminate may mimic natural stone or hardwood, it can look less realistic up close.

Engineered wood floors

If you are keen on getting long-lasting hardwood floors for your bathroom, go for core engineered wood floors. Unlike traditional hardwood floors, core engineered wood has several layers, with the outermost layer being hardwood veneer. The inner layers are made of hardwood, fiberboard or plywood.

Pros and cons of rigid core engineered wood floors

Pros:

  • Water-resistant: Compared to traditional hardwood, engineered hardwood does a better job of reducing moisture problems.

  • Easy to install: Real wood flooring is rather difficult to install, unlike engineered wood flooring which can utilize click-lock installation.

  • Easy to clean and maintain: As engineered wood is coated with wood veneer, it is easy to clean and maintain, holding up well against dents, fading, scratches and stains.

Cons:

  • Price: Compared to conventional wood, tile vinyl and laminate, engineered wood is considerably more expensive.

  • Health concerns: Some people have allergic reactions to the adhesives used to bind the various layers of engineered wood together

  • Prone to damage: The outermost surface is not scratch-resistant and needs more care than other types of flooring.

  • Fewer chances of refinishing engineered wood: Unlike traditional wood flooring which you can re-sand numerous times, engineered wood cannot be sanded (or only once) due to its thin top layer of hardwood.

Frequently asked questions

What are some bathroom floor tiles for a high-use bathroom?
Porcelain tiles are great for high-use and high-traffic bathrooms as they are denser, harder and less porous than other types. Ceramic tiles have the same benefits as porcelain tiles but are more affordable. Vinyl is the most affordable option for a high-use bathroom.

What are the best cheap flooring ideas?
Laminate and vinyl are both affordable flooring options for a bathroom. Both come in various styles, designs and colors and are two of the more easily installed flooring types.

What are some small bathroom tile ideas?
A small bathroom should have small- or medium-sized tiles in neutral colors. It is not a good idea to install large tiles in small bathrooms. Apart from disrupting proportionality, large tiles may need to be cut off, resulting in waste, which can also interrupt any patterns. 

What are the best bathroom flooring ideas for households with kids?
Porcelain and ceramic flooring is great in a kid’s bathroom. These tiles are scratch-, stain- and water-resistant. They are also more durable than bathroom vinyl flooring and can withstand splashes from exuberant playing in tubs and sinks.