Hardwood flooring has always been a classic and timeless choice for living rooms, dining rooms, and entry ways, but what about bathrooms? Homeowners are consistently told that bathrooms and kitchens simply aren’t the right place for hardwood flooring. They’re too wet, too busy, and tile is the only functional option. It’s important not to underestimate hardwood. Yes, too much water is problematic, but with a few precautions, the danger can be mitigated and your whole home can maintain its classy and stylish glow with hardwood floors throughout.
But It’s Wet
Bathrooms are probably the dampest room in your home. There’s a sink. There’s a toilet. There’s a shower. There’s a bathtub. Everything that happens in the bathroom generally revolves around water, and we all know that water and hardwood don’t mix particularly well. If water is allowed to form pools on hardwood and hang around too long, you’ll have a problem. Warping and rot are the main issues when it comes to mixing wood and water. All of these things are true, but they aren’t the major obstacles that you may perceive them to be. Barring some unforeseen flood or malfunction, water doesn’t often make its way out of the sink and onto the floor. Even if it does, as long as you wipe it up right away, you won’t have any issues. If you’re still worried, invest in some quality bath mats. They’ll warm up your toes on cold mornings, and protect the floor around the potentially wetter areas.
But It’s Wild
Bathrooms and kitchens are the only two rooms that every member of your household will visit more than once a day without fail. A lot of people worry that a natural product like wood won’t be able to hold up well under high-traffic conditions. Some softer woods might struggle with that amount of wear and tear, but most sturdy woods are built for those exact conditions. Wood is much more durable than you might think. Harder species like oak and maple are great options for your bathroom, and are up to the challenge of daily traffic. Look for a wood with a noticeable grain. On the off chance that something does scratch your floors, this detail will be important in hiding it.
John K. Eareckson & Co.: Baltimore Custom Hardwood Flooring
At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you are interested in a new look to your hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today!
If you have any questions about New Hardwood Floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit JKEHardwoodFlooring.com today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs.