If you are toying with the thought of bathroom wooden flooring, then read on. You might just learn more than you bargained for…
It’s one of the most frequent questions we get in the trade – can I have a wooden floor in my bathroom? Here’s what we say. Given right preparation, selection of materials and aftercare, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from having wooden bathroom flooring. In fact, you can have wooden flooring just about anywhere you want.
Clients often get panicky at the thought of moisture irreversibly damaging something they’ve invested time and money in. However, the simple (and blunt) the truth is that moisture will rot anything and everything in a room if surfaces and joints aren’t sealed. Our advice – don’t let the ‘wood factor’ overrule your decision. If you were prepared to invest in something a bit special, you’d likely pay the same due care and attention to it after that, regardless of its material. There are many key factors when installing a wood floor to consider. Making the best choices at the start can help preserve your floor for generations to come.
The path to a happy bathroom floor:
Once your new wood floor is installed, the next step is to think about the finish to best protect it in its new environment. The two we recommend are lacquer and hard wax oil. Lacquer makes the hardwood flooring nearly waterproof and also keeps maintenance (required on your part) down to a minimum. The protective coating over the wood formed by the lacquer will act as a steadfast shield from damage for the life of your floor.
Just like paint, there’s a choice involved when opting for lacquer – typically this is either a matt or satin finish. The finish you choose for depends on personal preference, but to help make your mind up; know that satin has a shine to it, whereas matt does not. Thinking modern? Think satin. If you prefer a rustic look, then a matt finish may be the best option.
If you want to create a more authentic look for your new bathroom floor, than the natural complexion of hard wax oil will do the trick. The oil breaches the wood deep down; affording a high level of protection from humidity and other elements you’d associate with a bathroom. It’s also kind to the environment, so what’s not to like?
Any more reservations?
If you’re still sceptical about installing a wood floor in a bathroom for fear of upkeep, ask yourself something. Has the same thought-process ever stopped people buying wooden garden furniture? Is Homebase’s sales in free-fall because of the havoc a spot of rain may pose to your prized scaffold tables or Bali dining set? Of course not, because people (and furniture manufacturers) take precautions to protect their assets. On your side, it’s all about making minor adjustments to your living habits to prolong the lifespan of a stunning wooden floor.
Keeping your bathroom ventilated is not rocket science. By doing simple things like opening windows and installing a quality extractor fan, your bathroom will be a haven for any wooden floor. Still leaning to the side of caution? The purchase of cheap air humidity meter might well be the route to peace of mind.
Bathroom wooden flooring is a way of life, albeit a simple one. So in summary, nothing is stopping you from making your luxury bathroom a reality.