Few things are more appealing in a home than beautifully crafted hardwood flooring. However, many homeowners question whether that gorgeous wood can extend into the bathroom, or if it will just become damaged. That’s why we’ve created this guide to using hardwood floors in the bathroom.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
One of the main concerns in a bathroom with hardwood flooring is water and moisture damage. There are multiple ways to prevent these from happening. Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure proper ventilation in your bathroom so that moisture won’t become problematic for your flooring:
- Use the fan while bathing or showering.
- Keep the doors cracked, if possible.
- Open windows after bathing, if you have them.
- Try to take lower-temperature or shorter baths or showers.
Use the Right Wood
The type of wood you use in your bathroom truly makes a difference. Hardwood is a vast category, and some types are better for bathrooms than others. Try to avoid the softer varieties, such a pine. These types of wood tend to hold moisture more than others. We recommend going with our high-quality maple engineered hardwood flooring for your bathroom, as it comes with a lower likelihood of moisture absorption.
Get a Protective Finish
Even if you choose the best type of wood available, there’s always a chance it will warp or stain with prolonged exposure to moisture or water—which is highly likely in a bathroom situation. Consider using a finish that’s protectant against liquids and damage. This will not only keep your floors looking great but also help them last longer.
There are many considerations for installing hardwood flooring in bathrooms. We’ve listed a few top considerations in your guide to using hardwood floors in the bathroom. Please contact us at From The Forest for any questions or guidance in installing any of our high-quality hardwood flooring.