Hardwood Floors & Water Do Not Mix
It should go without saying that hardwood and water is like oil and water—they do not mix.
Moisture is hardwood’s worst enemy and combined with steam, splashes from the shower, bath, and sink, hardwood can become severely damaged. For a large family, floors can remain damp, contributing to the growth of mold and warping.
If you are adamant about hardwood floors in your bathroom, consider putting it in a half bath instead. In a half bath, there is only a toilet and a sink so the chance of water damage is small. For full bathrooms, give yourself peace of mind with these hardwood alternatives:
Laminate flooring is an excellent alternative to hardwood in the bathroom. This flooring gives you the most realistic look of hardwood while being scratch- and moisture-resistant, and durable. Laminate flooring is also easy to install, which makes it perfect for a quick weekend project.
You can also choose your desired widths and lengths, with or without beveled edges so you can customize your bathroom’s look.
Luxury vinyl flooring like COREtec comes in a wide variety of styles, including hardwood. You do not have to worry about moisture with luxury vinyl as it is 100% waterproof, which makes it a perfect choice for the bathroom.
These options will not expand or contract, and unlike real hardwood it is warm and quiet under the feet, thanks to an attached cork underlayer.
If you are willing to have a different material other than wood in the bathroom, ceramic tile is a stylish choice. Ceramic is easy to clean, low-maintenance, and water and stain resistant. If your family suffers from allergies, ceramic does not attract allergens like dust.
Consult With The Professionals At HomeTown Floors
While hardwood can help increase the value of your home, there are many viable, beautiful, and budget-friendly alternatives for your bathroom. No matter what flooring you choose, be sure to maintain them by:
- Promptly cleaning up spills
- Maintaining the finish
- Properly ventilating to reduce humidity
- Placing rugs in front of the shower, vanity, and other water prone areas and being sure to replace them when they get wet
To help you choose flooring that will work with your home and budget, contact the professionals at HomeTown Floors. We will come to your home to measure your floors and provide you with a free estimate.