Can I have wood flooring in my bathroom?
A question that I regularly get asked from my clients.
Yes, but you need to follow some guidelines to ensure that your floor can cope with the high humidity environments that bathrooms experience.
GO FOR EXOTIC WOOD FLOORING
So they tend to absorb less moisture and therefore are more stable.
These species are often used as decking too because of their durability with changing environments.
THE TECHNICAL BITS
You must go for an engineered construction, I would strongly advise against installing solid hardwood flooring as it just wont be able to cope with the changing temperature.
Engineered hardwoods are far more stable because they often come as a multi-layer plywood or a counter balance board with plywood in the middle.
What this all means for daily use is that an engineered board will contract and expand a lot less than a solid plank will.
The best finish to opt for in a bathroom is a lacquer.
When a floor is a lacquered, a film is applied to the top surface and completely seals the wood.
This repeals against water and I also recommend lacquered products in high traffic areas such as kitchen because of the amazing protection it offers.
If you would prefer an oiled finish, be warned that hard wax oil penetrates the pores of the wood making it more prone to stubborn water marks.
BEST LACQUERS TO USE ON WOOD FLOORS:
If you are considering having wood flooring in the kitchen, check out my guide here.
PAINTED WOOD FLOORBOARDS
If you are looking to achieve that Shabby Chic style, you could use a brushed, engineered hardwood flooring and white lacquered oak such as shown above.
This product will give you the construction and finish you need whilst making your bathroom feel modern and contemporary.
If you already have a wooden floor, you could paint it with a floor paint.
Consider using a wood floor with a distressed edge.
Your floor will naturally contract and expand over time and by having a distressed edge this will mask this action.
Distressed flooring will instantly add character and warmth to your bathroom.
Keeping your bathroom well ventilated by opening the windows or having a circulation fan will eradicate most of the moisture from the air.
Invest in a thick bath mat to help prevent water going on to the floor but be sure to hang it over the bath or towel rail to allow the floor to ventilate.
The main trick is to keep the relative humidity in the room to a reading of 45% - 65%.
You will achieve this by keeping the room well ventilated and dry.
Here are some stylish bath mat ideas to lay over your wood floor:
If you are planning on doing a bathroom refurbishment and want to use wood flooring, feel free to contact me should you have any questions.