Treading on Solid Ground
By far, hardwood flooring is one of the most popular types of residential flooring materials used by homeowners nowadays. But what if you want to put hardwood flooring where no man has gone before or at the very least, in places not recommended by the mainstream bathroom floor design experts of today?
Is there such a thing as a water resistant hardwood flooring engineered specifically for a high moisture environment such as your washroom floor?
Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd is a design Flooring Specialist Company, their proverbial focus is on hardwood flooring and nothing else which makes them experts in the flooring field so they know all about the different hardwood flooring types.
Down at the 10th Annual Buildex Calgary Show I asked Tory Cook an account manager from Divine Hardwood, that very question and like most things in life, I found out there is no one cut and dry answer to this hardwood flooring question.
While installing hardwood floors in your bathroom isn’t as risky as it used to be, we are all aware that wood is normally susceptible to water damage and even mold in a high moisture environment, therefore hardwood bathroom floors are not covered by warranty if installed in a bathroom.
According to Tory of Divine Hardwood Ltd, hardwood flooring for your bathroom has come a long way from its predecessors and now comes in water-resistant materials and if you are diligent and intelligent about its use, you can actually install hardwood in your lavatory.
We have all heard that water and wood don’t mix. Now you may be asking yourself, is it worth the hassle or the risk of accidentally damaging your investment, well, it all depends how badly you want hardwood in your loo.
Aside from your hardwood fetish there are also some other good reasons for installing hardwood in your home.
Not only are hardwood floors ideal for allergy sufferers, they are easy to clean, offers you a variety of beautiful natural grain patterns and are long lasting (many lasting for decades) with most companies offering you a 25-year structural warranty on the product.
Also, you can enjoy the warmth of hardwood floors in your bathroom as compared to the cold impartial feel of natural stone.
And with the introduction of new innovations such as wood tiles, which combines the look of tile with the traditional feel of wood, this opens up a whole new world of bathroom design possibilities for you to explore. These new wooden tiles are elastic and break-resistant and installation is easy with connecting technology and glue-down tiles.
Fending Off Water Damage
If you are one of those types that laugh in the face of controversy, you are not swayed by popular thought or convention and are confident in your resolve, then there are precautions you must take to protect your hardwood floor in your restroom.
Humidity and water splashes are inevitable so any water drops must be cleaned up immediately. It should also go without saying, that proper installation of your hardwood floor is the first step to protect the sub floor from water damage.
Each seam in your wood floor is a potential avenue for water to seep through.
Apply an oil-based polyurethane varnish to the floor and periodically refinish the floor to ensure a tight seal. Using a Polyurethane finish on your bathroom hardwood floor makes your floor resistant to everyday bathroom use and the humidity should not be a problem unless you accidentally spill large amounts of water on your floor.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that if you are overtly cautious, you can install a line of ceramic or stone around the tub or shower area to protect your hardwood floor from droplets of water when showering or taking a bath.
Another important thing to note is that urine will inevitably take off the finish on your hardwood, so guys have a seat instead of practicing your aim.
When it comes to hardwood in your bath, a shower enclosure with doors is a must, just having a shower curtain is akin to throwing a bucket of water on your hardwood floors, water will get by your curtains and the result will be disastrous. Use bath mats as it is a rare thing indeed that the soles of your feet will not be wet when exiting the tub or shower.
Common sense dictates that you should not use water to clean your floor; using a dry mop, sweeping with a broom or using a vacuum is the best way.
Do not use steel wool or other abrasive scouring pads as you may scrape off the protective synthetic resin finish. It would be in your best interest to use use only colorfast and non-scratch pads or carpeting on your hardwood floor to avoid discoloration and scuffs.
It cannot be overstated how imperative it is to turn on your exhaust fan when showering; mainly because it is essential that the floor boards dry evenly, when too much moisture occurs over an extended period of time, cupping or crowning of your floor boards may occur.
Excessive direct sunlight may also cause problems in the long run such as swelling and cracking but this is normally not a problem in your restroom.
There are many other bathroom flooring materials such as marble, ceramic tile, vinyl and linoleum you can use in your bath. Yet few have the natural warmth and beauty of hardwood floors. Just remember to avoid excessive moisture and you are pretty much guaranteed a hassle free use of your hardwood floors in your lavatory. To learn more about hardwood floors in your bathroom contact:
Divine Hardwood Flooring
6717 Fairmount Drive SE
Phone: 403-285-2188 Fax: 403-291-9889
Web Site: http://www.divinehardwood.com/
Everyone should know about the 5 pillars of bathroom flooring before they begin to renovate their bath. If you like to stay up to date with new technology in your water closet then you should really look into heated tile floors to keep up with the latest trends.