Do you REALLY want to use wood in a bathroom? (Score: 1)
posted Saturday, February 09, 2008 - 10:27 PM (#40832
Is this the Guest Bathroom that's there for show, or the Real Bathroom that will get used daily by Real People? Or worse, Real Children?
Because wood floors are fine in a 'Show Only' Guest Bathroom that's like a Living Room - nobody ever does any Living in their Living Room, that's for showing off your "Perfect House" to guests. You know, the one with the clear plastic slip-covers on the couch that get taken off only when your Rich Aunt Sarah comes over.
The real Living in your house always happens in the Den or the Entertainment Room if you have one.
I'd be very hesitant to put down any sort of wood flooring in a Real Bathroom, unless you are all Type A personalities and are really careful not to drip or slop water all over, or to clean up fast and thoroughly if you do...
Because water and any wood flooring products do not get along well at all. It soaks in, then the wood expands and warps and goes all yucky. And then you have to replace it all.
They do make black ceramic floor tiles, and they even make "Plank" tiles in 6" x 18" to give the illusion of a plank floor.
And if you go with the wood, remember to do the sub-floor prep right. Make sure the sub-floor is sound and tight and dead level before you lay the floor, so you don't have to do it again.
And for tile, a fresh layer of concrete board underlayment cemented and nailed down to near death. Wood (or Bamboo) will flex a little, but tile cracks if the floor gives under load.
If you want exotic, see if you can find a deal on Black Marble tiles. Or Black Terrazo (black marble chips in colored concrete), but it's really messy getting it ground after placement.
Oh, and whatever you do, take up the toilet and tile completely under it, do not just cut the flooring around it. Toilets do get broken and need replacement occasionally, and the footprints never match - you would have to redo the whole floor again.