Bathrooms are some of the wettest rooms in your entire house. Because of this, the finishes that are in your bathroom should be able to withstand this moist environment. Otherwise, water damage is likely to occur. Here are some remodeling projects that you may what to take on in order to prevent water damage from happening in your bathroom.

Replace Your Flooring

Your bathroom floor probably sees a lot of action when it comes to water. Make sure that your flooring material is up to the challenge. There are lots of waterproof flooring options that can resemble the rest of the flooring in your home. Some of the newer types of flooring are designed to be wood-like. This means that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty when it comes to your bathroom floor. If you have water-damaged flooring, you can take steps to repair it before you put down a new floor.

However, you may need to remove the flooring all together if there is already damage and professionals don’t see it as being repairable. Going forward, though, do what you can to protect your flooring. Keep a rug—preferably with a grip mat underneath it—near the edge of the tub, shower, and skink areas. This will help collect any water that may drip off of those who have just used them. Also, encourage those in your home to make it a habit to spot check the floor after they have used the tub or shower and wipe it down with a dry towel.

Redo Your Walls

The second most common place to see water in your bathroom is the walls. They need just as much protection against possible water damage as the floor. Having wall tiles installed could ensure that your walls can last through your children. As with flooring material, there are lots of options when it comes to tiles for your walls. Your bathroom doesn’t have to look like a locker room in order to be protected. You may want to redo your shower surround in something that stands out from the crowd.

Renovate Your Shower Surround

A shower surround sees a lot of abuse over the years. There are a variety of options and styles that you can select. The most budget friendly selections tend to be the plastic or fiberglass surrounds. If you decide to go with this, make sure to appropriately seal any seams. Another solution is to go with a one piece surround. This will provide you with the maximum amount of protection against water damage. Tiles are another possibility when it comes to renovating your shower enclosure.

Upgrade Your Bathroom Fan

A good bathroom fan will help to rid the air of built-up moisture. This water vapor can cause just as much physical damage as standing water. Mold and mildew can start to grow on your surfaces. You may find yourself having to clean your bathroom more frequently. Upgrading to a quiet bathroom fan can make it more agreeable to leave the fan running for enough time. Fans are more stylish and can even help to provide additional lighting in your bathroom.

The bathroom may be a fairly small space, but it sees a lot of action. Take steps to protect it from water damage so that you can enjoy it.