When planning your bathroom, the flooring you choose is extremely important. Not only from a design perspective but in terms of functionality too. Hardwood flooring is one of the top choices in Canadian homes and many homeowners wonder if it is suitable for bathrooms. Here’s what you need to know about installing hardwood floors in your bathroom.
Hardwood benefits in your bathroom
Apart from the fact that hardwood is aesthetically superior in so many ways, it is also known and loved for the warmth it brings to a room. You can walk around barefoot without getting cold feet. In terms of durability, hardwood has a long lifespan. With proper care, you can enjoy your hardwood floors for over 20 years. You might need to refinish these floors after several years but, once you do, they will look good as new.
What to beware of
Water and wood are not known for going well together. If you have children, you will know just how much water can spill from the shower or bathtub onto the bathroom floor. Spills need to be wiped up right away when you have hardwood flooring. If you allow the water to sit too long on the surface, it will penetrate the seams and make its way into the wood. You may also notice watermarks as a result.
It takes time for the water to really make its way into the wood, however, so if you wipe it up right away, there is nothing to worry about. It’s also important to make sure that your floor is level. If not, the water will end up pooling in a particular spot every day and repeated pooling can result in damage.
It is also important that you install a moisture barrier beneath your wood flooring and make sure that you install your flooring using the click method or adhesives instead of nails.
Finally, don’t forget to be careful when using different products in your bathroom. If you are planning on coloring your hair, for example, you definitely need to protect your floors or the hair dye can stain the wood.
Apart from cleaning up spills right away and avoiding the use of substances that can stain your floors, there are also a number of additional maintenance tips you can follow. Firstly, you should perform regular maintenance on your floors. After installation, you should apply a strong finish layer. Check and inspect this layer regularly. Reapply as needed.
You should also invest in quality bath mats so that you don’t drip water on the floor when getting out of the shower or tub. Make sure that your plumbing fixtures are also well-maintained so there’s no dripping on the floor. Refinish your hardwood bathroom floors when you notice that they are no longer looking their best.
When shopping for hardwood flooring for your bathroom, make sure that you choose the right type of wood. If you are not sure which type will suit your needs best, discuss the various options with an expert. At Flooring Liquidators, we have a wide variety of hardwood flooring designs and colors. Our team will be more than happy to help you find the perfect floors for your bathroom. Visit your nearest location or contact us for more information.