People who love the idea of having hardwood flooring throughout the house may hesitate when it comes to getting this material installed in the bathroom. Wood floors are beautiful and durable, but they are more susceptible to water damage and high humidity than other flooring materials are. A more suitable option may be laminate in Topeka KS, since this can be designed to look almost exactly like wood.
If everyone in the home is diligent about using a ventilation fan and mopping up water spills quickly, it’s possible to avoid damage to hardwood flooring in bathrooms. However, this can be difficult. Children, for instance, may not even realize that they’ve spilled water on the floor. Water from the shower may leak from under the curtain or door as someone lingers in the steam for 20 or 30 minutes. Guests may not understand the importance of cleaning up water that gets on the wood floors. This isn’t to say that leaving a puddle of water on the floor for an hour or two is advisable even with laminate, as it may gradually move down into the seams and cause damage.
Laminate in Topeka KS has the image of a preferred material adhered to the surface, which is then covered with clear protective melamine. That image can look like any flooring the property owner likes best but would rather have laminate for its various advantages. People choose laminate that looks like marble, for example, if they don’t want to spend the extra money that a marble bathroom floor would cost. That advantage applies to laminate as opposed to hardwood too. The property owner typically will save some money on the bathroom floors if they’re made of that substance instead of hardwood.
If hardwood floors will be installed in the rest of the house, the homeowner may want a somewhat contrasting wood style instead of trying to identically match the bathroom floor with the look of the adjacent material. A contractor such as Capital City Flooring, Inc. might install laminate in a noticeably lighter shade than the adjoining hallway, for example. Contact Us for more information.