Now that summer’s getting closer, it’s the best time to start thinking about home improvement projects. That includes: giving your bathroom an update with the best long-lasting materials! That means not only finding the best materials, but also finding the best humidity and mold resistant ones - which is what matters when getting your bathroom done, right? Check them out!

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Plywood Cabinets

"Grade A" plywood is resistant to humidity and moisture exposure.
“Grade A” plywood is resistant to humidity and moisture exposure. Image source: coco kelley

Plywood might not have the best reputation when it comes to being a resistant material for your bathroom. However, nowadays there’s the “grade A” type that offers you a better outcome to humidity and moisture exposures.

Engineered Stone Countertops

Engineered stone countertops don't need to be sealed at all!
Engineered stone countertops don’t need to be sealed at all! Image source: HGTV

Engineered stone is the best option to replace marble countertops in your bathroom. That’s because while natural marble needs resealing every year or so, the engineered stone mimics it and never need to be sealed! Plus: your cost will be pretty much the same for a lot less work!

Bamboo Floor

Bamboo looks gorgeous and it's mold proof!
Bamboo looks gorgeous and it’s mold proof! Image source: Smitty Smit

When it comes to flooring, bamboo is a great option not only because it’s mold proof, but also because it’s environmental friendly. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s super easy to install - and easy to replace damaged pieces, if necessary.

Vinyl Floor

Vinyl can come in several different looks as well.
Vinyl can come in several different looks as well. Image source: DigsDigs

Vinyl floors don’t necessarily need to look like vinyl. There are a couple of options that mimic stone, tile, or even wood. It’s a great option for dealing with moisture in your bathroom! More than that, vinyl sheets are huge, so if you have a small bathroom, you’ll probably only need the one sheet to cover the whole place, and guess what? It’s super easy to clean up!

Acrylic Panel Shower Walls

Acrylic wall panels are already known as ‘shower surrounds’ and with reason! They:

  • Resist chipping
  • Resist cracking
  • Resist peeling
  • Don’t require grout
  • Are less likely to scratch

Not good enough for you? They’re also among the most affordable options!

Tile Walls

What about this mix and match of tile walls and bamboo floor?
What about this mix and match of tile walls and bamboo floor? Image source: Domino

Sure, talking about tile walls isn’t exactly talking about the best material for your bathroom. But let me explain: it’s because tiles come in many different materials that include marble, ceramic, porcelain, slate, glass, granite, and even cork.

Getting to what matters:

The best among these for your bathroom are marble, stone, and granite! And among those, you’ll also have lots of shapes, sizes, colors, and sometimes patterns too, in this case, the best for your bathroom will depend on the style you’re going with.

Remember: Whichever material you choose, you’ll need to seal it properly to keep moisture and water from damaging it too soon. It’s always good to get a quote for these and see what works best within your budget.

Tempered Glass Shower Doors

Tempered glass doors are simple and easy to clean.
Tempered glass doors are simple and easy to clean. Image source: HGTV

Tempered glass is perfect! It’s stain resistant without the need for any special treatments and, as long as you simply wipe it every now and then, your bathroom will always look classy and beautiful.

Cast Iron Tub

First thing that comes to mind might be the trouble you’re going to have to actually get a cast iron tub into your bathroom, and indeed, you will need some extra help not to cause any damage to the rest of the house. But cast iron has many advantages as well: it won’t chip, scratch, or dent!

Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless steel is mostly used in kitchens, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it for the bathroom. Being resistant to stains and corrosion makes it great for keeping it safe from the constant water flow there will be happening there. Stainless steel also doesn’t melt easily, so if you put a hot curling (or straightening) iron on top of it, it will remain brand-new - unlike many other materials that could either melt or scratch.

Drywall and Greenboard for Ceilings

With the right paint your ceiling will look amazing.
With the right paint your ceiling will look amazing. Image source: Home Guides

Even though drywall is most commonly used outside the bathroom, it’s a great material for the powder room. That is, if you go with the moisture-resistant option that we call greenboard. The material itself might be a bit more expensive, but installations will be the same and you won’t need to replace it for a long time, so it’s worth it.

Bonus: Glossy Paint

Glossy paint will make your bathroom shine (literally).
Glossy paint will make your bathroom shine (literally). Image source: Country Living

Not only the type of material you use important, but also the type of paint you choose will help protect your bathroom. So, to the question “what paint should I use in my bathroom?” the answer is: glossy paint! It’ll seal the surfaces and block moisture, add a shiny, fancy look, and it’s even super easy to clean.

Need some help finding the right materials for your bathroom remodel? Get a free quote from a professional today!

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