Here are 4 Shower Floor Options and Ideas

By Samuel N •  Updated: 07/03/23 • 

When looking for bathroom or shower flooring, check for a type that can handle high moisture, humidity, and standing water without damage. Apart from being able to take in high moisture, check for a flooring option that will help you create an environment and style you’ll enjoy for years to come. Choose the wrong flooring material, which can turn into a big mess and waste your hard-earned dollars.

If you’re looking for the best flooring for your shower or bathroom, you are in the right place. In this post, I’ll discuss the common shower flooring options and their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision. Enjoy.

1. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are commonly used flooring for showers. These two are often used interchangeably, and even at first glance, it can be tough to tell the differences. However, ceramic and porcelain tiles are different, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The major difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is the rate of water they absorb. Porcelain tiles are denser, hence less porous. This makes them harder, more durable, and less likely to absorb water. Ceramic tiles are less dense and absorb 0.5 percent more water than porcelain. However, this does not make them less superior, and they are still one of the popular shower floorings.

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are suitable for shower floors. Porcelain is durable and more water resistant, but it is more expensive. On the other hand, Ceramic is cheaper and budget-friendly and comes in different design options to spruce up your bathroom and shower flooring.

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles can get slippery when used in the shower. When choosing them, choose anti-slip options or apply a non-slip coat later if necessary.

2. Travertine Tile

Travertine is a form of limestone that comes in various earthly tone colors, including browns, tans, rust, and beige hues. It is durable, heavy, and comes in beautiful designs. Travertine tiles are also naturally textured, which reduces the risk of a fall in the shower. Showers can get quite slippery, and this natural feature in travertine tiles is welcome.

Travertine Tile

Travertine Tile

The major disadvantage of travertine tiles in the shower is their porosity. Travertine is porous, which means it will require regular maintenance to perform well. It needs to be sealed properly, and you’ll also require to reseal it once after every one or two years. Apart from being porous, some products can easily be stained by travertine, especially those with soap scum and minerals.

3. Slate Tile

Slate is one of the budget-friendly natural stone flooring options available. Slate is available in different solid colors and combinations that seamlessly match your shower decor. It is textured, which is welcome for a shower floor, and does not easily stain. Though slate flooring can handle water, it should be sealed and well-maintained when used in the shower.

Slate shower room floor

Slate is made of different layers. This can be a problem down the line as they start flaking or chipping away. Although sealing it helps, it is a 100 percent solution. However, there are different types of slate flooring depending on where it was mined. Some types of slate will hold up better in the shower than others, but you’ll pay more.

4. Pebble Flooring

Pebbles in the shower give off a relaxing and spa-like vibe. Round pebbles are kind of therapeutic and feel nice to stand on. However, there are also sliced pebbles that are flat for those who prefer a flat underfoot. Pebble shower floors are affordable, easier to install, have good aesthetics, and are resistant to slipping. Pebbles create unique flooring when installed in your shower because of the natural color variations, sizes, and placement.

Pebble Flooring in the Shower

Pebble Flooring in the Shower

The major problems with pebble shower flooring are water drainage and maintenance. Because the floor is uneven, water will have difficulty flowing properly to the drain after taking a shower. The installation also requires a lot of grout, and you’ll need to regrout and reseal the floors to avoid knocking off pebbles after some time. Read more about the pros and cons of pebble shower floor.

Samuel N

Samuel N is the founder of Improve Floor and has been in the flooring industry since 2005. Since then, his mission has been to make flooring easier for everyone. He helps countless people with flooring installation, finishing, maintenance, and repairs each year.