Wood flooring in wetrooms possible with new technology

Up until recently, it has not been advisable to install wood flooring in wetrooms, but new waterproof membrane technology is changing this.

Wetrooms are shower rooms that do not need shower screens or trays, as the water can freely flow in the room. The main concern when installing wetrooms is to make sure that the floor covering is weatherproof and any water can drain off. This has ruled out using wood floors, as wood is not fully waterproof. However, advances in water drainage and waterproof membrane technoplogy means that wood floors are now a practical option for wetrooms.

Before installing flooring in wetrooms, there needs to be a drainage system. A screed can produce a gradient floor that guides water to a drainage outlet. New advanced waterproof membranes must first be laid before the wood floor covering is installed. Wood flooring will last a long time, so it helps to install a membrane that is guaranteed to stay waterproof throughout the floors lifetime.

For more environmentally friendly membranes, homeowners can choose a butyl-based membrane that is environmentally sustainable.

Natural solid wood flooring by itself is not waterproof, and prolonged exposure to water can cause timber to warp. To make wood water resistant, a polyurethane or resin-based solution needs to be applied. A good drainage system makes sure that the water is quickly dispersed and does not damage the flooring.

Solid wood flooring is popular in Chester, and perhaps it need not be restricted to dry rooms.