One way of turning your bathroom into more of a relaxation place than one to complete daily task, is putting hardwood floors. There are many factors to consider, but when done right the finished product will have you in love.
Usually hardwood floors don’t mix with high humidity environments as they will absorb it and cause cycles of swelling and shrinking that eventually will lead to damage. Even more so if you have small kids that will not care to cause spillage when taking a shower or bath.
With a few extra precautions, wood floors can perform as well in bathrooms as they do everywhere else. And unlike most other bathroom flooring choices, wood floors can be periodically refinished and resealed, increasing their practicality.
A few months ago we were hired todo new installation of hardwood floors in a bathroom that had new tile on it. The homeowners loved the idea of the warm floors and decided to go with Red Oak 10” wide planks in Ebony stain.
After removing the tile Albert found that the subfloor was completely rotten and needed to be replaced, you can see in the “before” picture the black rotten area near the bathtub. So a two day job turned into a 3 day labor intensive job. After replacing the subfloor and doing the installation, the crew made it a point to fill cracks between the boards with wood putty to prevent water from seeping in between or under the boards; they also applied a couple more layers of oil-based polyurethane than we normally would have. You can see the finished floor in the “after” picture. The homeowners couldn’t be happier with their new floors. We followed up with them and they claim the floors are still as beautiful as the first day.
Take the plunge, you won’t be disappointed!
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