Is it possible to install parquet in a bathroom?
In general, it is important to remember that installing a wooden floor in a damp room (eg. a bathroom) will mean increased work and maintenance expense. You will need to be more careful with regards to water-splashing out of baths, showers, etc., as well as expansion and cupping.
As far as possible to minimize the unavoidable changes in the dimensions of the timber, we recommend that you maintain a room climate of 20°C Air Temperature and a Relative Humidity level of 60% throughout the year. It is also helpful if you select a timber species with low expansion and contraction characteristics, and a timber with a low speed of absorption of moisture (eg: oak).
Ideally, we would recommend products with a multi-layered structure (2 or 3 layers). It is also advisable to lay one or two rows of tiles or stone immediately next to the bath/shower or basin to allow for any spray/splashes.
We do not recommend timber floors to be installed in wet rooms.
Every time you use the bathroom, you should wipe away as much spray/splashed/pooled water as soon as possible to prevent the timber being exposed to water (risk of staining and cupping). The bathroom must be ventilated regularly. Every time you fill the bath or take a shower, ensure that the room is thoroughly ventilated to regulate the room climate.
Maintenance should be carried out as and when necessary, depending on how much the bathroom is used. This may involve renewal of the impregnating layer which should be carried out if the water no longer “pools” on the surface and begins to penetrate into the surface instead.
Water stains and changes in dimensions due to fluctuations in wood moisture content can be prevented by regular maintenance and inspection.