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Bath wood floor

Posted by David on January 1st, 2003 05:51 PM
In reply to bathroom wood floor by Steve on January 1st, 2003 05:30 PM [Go to top of thread]

Steve, There are some very attractive wood-look floors available in laminate-surface products such as Pergo, however, I'd be cautious about using them in a potentially wet area. These laminate surfaces are "floating" rather than nailed down, because they expand and contract. This means that all the outer edges of the floor are cut slightly short of the wall, and this is covered by a quarter-round trim which cannot be sealed down to the floor. This allows water on the floor to seep under and around the floor, which will damage it. A true hardwood floor is also subject to expansion and contraction, and would mean much the same type of installation trimming and possible damage problems.

There are also wood-patterned vinyls, some looking better than others, and a few wood-grained floor tiles available. Although harder to find, the tile would be your best option for long performance.

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