Water spilled on a hardwood bathroom floor can easily stain and cause the
wood to swell and buckle. Similarly, high humidity levels that are normally
found in bathrooms can cause the wood floor to swell and buckle. Spilled water
and high moisture levels can also lead to mold and mildew growth between and
under hardwood flooring boards. However, Iíve seen many historic homes that have
indeed used hardwood in their bathrooms. So, using hardwood flooring in the
bathroom is nothing new. Itís just that more care and thought have to go into
the installation and maintenance of it.
Tips for Installing Hardwood Flooring in Bathrooms
First, if youíre going to use wood flooring in the bathroom always use hardwood
flooring materials. Softwood flooring is more absorbent and sensitive to
moisture. The best types of hardwood to use in a bathroom include oak, cherry,
maple, and ash.
Second, when it comes to installing bathroom hardwood flooring I highly
recommend using prefinished hardwood flooring. Unfinished hardwood flooring is
more difficult to finish and inevitably youíll not be able to do as good of a
job as the factory in finishing and sealing the wood. In addition, when
finishing a wood floor after it is installed, it is impossible to seal the back
and sides of the lumber pieces.
|If I canít convince you to use a prefinished hardwood
flooring material then plan on applying several coats of Polyurethane over
the bathroom hardwood flooring after it is installed. Polyurethane forms a
water tight seal and will work well at protecting the bathroom hardwood
flooring in all but the most humid of bathroom conditions. The polyurethane
will also seal in between the board gaps to ensure no water spills down in
between the boards. Polyurethane is manufactured in such a way that it will
also expand and contract with the wood while maintaining a perfect seal and
without cracking and peeling.
Third, install a stone or tile border
directly adjacent to the tub or shower where water has the tendency to spill.
Besides protecting the bathroom wood flooring, a stone or tile border can also
help to complement and accent the bathroom wood flooring.
Finally, if youíre intent on having hardwood flooring in your bathroom, hire a
professional wood floor installer. Youíll increase your odds of a better
installation and ensure little to no gaps between board pieces. Theyíll also
most likely do a better job of sealing the hardwood floor, if you so choose to
go with a non-prefinished wood flooring material.
Bathroom Wood Flooring Maintenance
In order to protect your bathroom wood floor always wipe it down after taking a
shower or bath. In addition, make sure to install and always use a bathroom
ceiling fan when taking a shower or bath. I also suggest using bathroom throw
rugs with rubberized bottoms near the toilet, tub, and bathroom vanity to help
protect the flooring and absorb any small accidental water spills.
So if you are committed to the installation of a bathroom hardwood floor fear
not and go for it. As described above, with proper installation and maintenance
a hardwood bathroom floor should last a long time, and provide unparalleled
warmth and beauty.
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