Great vibrancy: wood in the bathroom
Wood in the bathroom gives the functional wet room naturalness and a homely atmosphere. Wood planks, mosaics made of coconut shells or tiles with a wood look are suitable as wall and floor coverings.
All surfaces in the bathroom are exposed to strong temperature and humidity fluctuations. Bathroom wood should be able to react without swelling, discolouration or even mildew. Due to its small-pored structure, for example, the wood of the Canadian hemlock firs – known from sauna construction – is very well suited for use in damp rooms. But also woods from domestic forests such as Douglas fir or smoked oak have these properties.
The laying of woods as parquet or plank flooring should be carried out very carefully and preferably by a specialist company. They must be fully glued and the edge joints sealed so that no moisture can get under the wood.
Durable: Thermowood for damp rooms
The otherwise very popular beech wood should normally not be used in bathrooms, as it swells up too much. One way to make beech wood more durable for damp and wet areas is a thermal treatment. It is heated over a relatively long period of 40 to 60 hours at temperatures between 170 and 280 degrees Celsius. Duration and temperature vary depending on the wood, manufacturer and type of application. Above all, the strong loss of moisture increases the durability of the so-called thermowood.
Another way to make wood more durable without chemical additives is to soak it in wax. This impregnated wood is even suitable for direct use in the spray area!
Attractive in the bathroom: wooden mosaics
Wood mosaics are an aesthetically very appealing variant of impregnated wood. For example, wood that has been pre-treated especially for wet rooms can be glued to a glass fibre net and thus be laid particularly easily. Wood mosaics can be used both as a floor covering and as a decorative wall surface. Even direct contact with water in the spray area of the shower cannot harm the attractive wooden tiles.
Mosaics made of coconut shells are not suitable for direct wet areas, but otherwise very suitable for use in the bathroom. The expressive tiles can be used to create individual surfaces on walls and floors. The bowls are available as smooth, sanded surfaces as well as with a slight curvature, which in the barefoot area looks like a small foot massage.
Practical: tiles in wood look
For those who are primarily concerned with the appearance and who otherwise value an easy-care bathroom, a tile with a wood look is probably better. The quality of the tiles has increased enormously in recent years and their charisma can hardly be distinguished from real wood. However, the ceramic tile will not be able to keep up in one respect: Without underfloor heating it will always feel cooler than a wooden surface.