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Can I Use Hardwood Flooring in My Bathroom? Yes!

Refinishing Hardwood StairsThe idea of hardwood flooring installation in the bathroom is not very appealing to many homeowners, but it is really not a poor choice of flooring. As long as you go about it the right way, it can add a lot of value to your home overall.

Picking hardwood for your bathroom does require a little research, and a traditional, real wood floor is not an ideal choice. After all, if your bathtub or toilet ever overflows, you may find yourself dealing with warped or ruined floor boards.

Options for Hardwood Floors in the Bathroom

Installing hardwood in the bathroom is possible, but you need a type of flooring that can stand up to the constant damp environment as well as the cleaning chemicals needed to properly sanitize the room. Some options you have include:

  • Engineered Hardwood - This is better than solid hardwood and it holds up nicely against moisture. It still will require some ventilation, but it works well in guest bathrooms that do not have a lot of foot traffic. If you are flooring up a child’s bathroom, however, engineered hardwood may not be the best option.
  • Faux Hardwood Surfaces - These surfaces are made to imitate the look of real wood and it is almost impossible to tell the difference. They typically come in a vinyl-based form and you can find one that matches your natural hardwood flooring already installed around the house for a similar or consistent look.
  • Decking Surfaces - You can also use pretreated wood that is specifically designed for high traffic and moisture, such as decking surfaces.

Care Tips for Wooden Floors in the Bathroom

Even if you opt for real wood, there are some things you will want to do to protect your investment, including:

  • Minimize the humidity in your bathroom by using proper ventilation at all times.
  • If there is a spill, promptly clean it up.
  • Place rugs over the high-risk zones, such as in front of bathtubs, toilets and showers.
  • Fix plumbing issues as they arise and never let them sit, because an overflowing toilet will not just be a mess to clean up, but could damage your real wood floors.
  • Seal your wooden floors properly. Wood can be exposed to water. After all, there are boats that sit in water daily; but it needs the right installation and combination of sealants to keep it waterproof.

Contact an Established Toronto Hardwood Flooring Company

A luxurious bathroom with hardwood flooringTo get the best finish and ensure your hardwood floors are water-tight, contact the team at Robar Flooring. Our skilled hardwood flooring installation team in Toronto can install real or faux wood finishes in your bathroom with expert care. We use safe, effective sealants as well so that your floors are free from the risk of warping or mold over time.

See the potential of hardwood floors in bathrooms today or learn more about refinishing your hardwood floors. Call Robar Flooring at 416-822-6184. Feel free to request a quote online too.

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Samples of hardwood flooring installation

There are many options and possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring installation. Few of the most common types include:

All of the above are either nailed or glued down on top of existing sub-floor. In condominiums or commercial properties where sub-floor consists of concrete, plywood is applied on top of the slab in order to allow for nailing of the floor. All glued down floors can be directly applied on top of the concrete. See diagrams below outlining different floor types, installation techniques as well as examples of transition and finishing trims commonly used.