May 21, 2018 Steve Shinn, CR

Pros and Cons of Shower Flooring Materials

As you are renovating your bathroom, you will find that you need to make multiple decisions about the materials that you are using throughout the space. One of those decisions will be about the flooring material that you will be using in your shower. While you may think that there possibly couldn’t be that many options and that they are all the same anyway, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of the flooring materials for showers are different and you will need to consider the qualities of each when making your final decision.

Here are the pros and cons of shower flooring materials:


There are many styles of travertine and that is why this natural stone material is such a popular choice for showers. This material is slip resistant and it can last a long time before needing to be replaced. The downsides of travertine are that it can get stained easily and it needs to be sealed regularly.


You may be wondering why anyone would put glass on their shower floor, but this material is practically maintenance free. A little glass cleaner and a cloth is all you will need to keep your shower floor sparkling clean. Unfortunately, shower floors made from glass can be very slippery. This material can also be pricey.


Wooden floors are commonly seen in saunas, but they can be used in showers too. The wooden slats are installed over the base of the shower, so that water can drain properly. The wood will need to be sealed regularly and it can warp and discolor over time. The one major issue with wooden shower floors is that you will not have access to your shower drain, which can be a problem if it gets clogged.


You may love the look of marble, and who wouldn’t with all the beautiful swirls. This material is very versatile and can be used to create numerous size tiles. Marble can stain and scratch easily and it needs to be sealed prior to its first use. This material can be slippery, and it is expensive too.


Porcelain is durable and waterproof, so you will not need to worry about scratching it or ruining it with soap. This material has numerous finishes, which means that you can have a shower that looks like marble, wood, stone, or another one of your favorite materials. The only problem with porcelain is that the grout can be difficult to keep clean. We recommend choosing porcelain tiles that have a textured surface to prevent slipping.

Your contractor can help you choose the shower flooring material that will work best for you and that is within your budget. The decision may be difficult at first, but in the end, you will love the one that you choose.