Wood floors in bathroom pros are lying on the surface: they are ecological, hypoallergic, keep the temperature of the room unlike ceramics and scatter unique fragrance in the premises.
But can you put wood floors in a bathroom, taking into account moisture? A lot of people are afraid of wood tiles rotting, widening or compressing due to the temperature fluctuation.
In fact, it is not as scary as it seems. You should not forget that originally wood was used for marine building.
So, saying it is an improper material for bathroom flooring would be incorrect.
Humidity is not a concern if you seal the joints with a good marine sealant that canl help you to achieve moisture resistance of ceramics.
The lasting quality of laminate wood floors in bathroom totally depends on species of wood, so the key point is to pick up a correct type of wood, according to your region, climate and budget, of course.
The best variant will be teak flooring in bathroom. This kind of wood is well-known for its high fiber density making it almost 100% moisture resistant.
If wood tiles in bathroom were installed correctly, such wood flooring may serve for several decades.
Cheaper variants of flooring include larch, oak, ash and elm trees. They are quite long lasting and moisture resistant as well.
These wood species are being used for marine and bridges’ construction since old times.
Cork can also be considered a wood flooring as it is made of oak tree bark and is a natural material.
For base of coverage material creation cork is being chipped and pressed under high temperature.
The upper layer of coverage can be made of cork itself, wiener, or even vinyl. The cork flooring does not imbibe moisture, so it surely can be used for bathrooms.