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When choosing a flooring for your bathroom there are a number of wooden finishes that you can have installed. Your bathroom fitter or flooring installer should be able to advise you on the best finish for your bathroom, but you can choose from laminate, wood flooring, real wood finishes and wood-effect tiling.
You will need to buy flooring that is suitable for bathrooms, as it will need to be both waterproof and easy to keep clean. Your local DIY superstore should have a section specifically for bathroom flooring, but your tradesman or a manufacturer should be able to let you know which wooden flooring provides the finish that you need.
Your fitter will first remove your old flooring if you have any and will then clean up the floorboards to attain an even surface on which to lay your choice of flooring. After laying out the flooring to ensure a good fit, your tradesman will then cut the flooring to size.
Next, the tradesman will apply an adhesive to your floor, which should provide a good waterproof finish and stop water going through to a ceiling below. Some wooden finishes may be nailed or screwed down at one end, while others may simply have screw holes for decorative effect.
Planks will generally be sealed before the job is finished to stop any leaking. If you intend to simply have your floorboards painted or stained in the bathroom then do remember that you should have them taken up and the joists below treated, before sealing the floor.
It is hard to attain a truly waterproof floor with floorboards and your flooring expert should be able to tell you whether this is possible or advisable in your home.
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