All You Need To Know About Wood in the Bathroom
Increasingly, home decor magazines and ambient magazines are showing the luxury and beauty of a solid wood worktop under a bathroom sink. Not every plumbing specialty store can provide you with such shelves or tops under the sink. Often you have your vision of the finish of your top or the sizes are not entirely standard. Furniture makers are frequently able to realize your wishes in solid wood. When the price is a factor and sublime finishes are desired, it’s a good idea to take a look at what’s available from the various online suppliers. Among the possibilities is the visual thickening of the countertop, the creation of matching mirrors, and free-hanging wall shelves for accessories, for example.
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Of course, wood is sensitive to water and moisture, and yet it is increasingly being installed in bathrooms. This is not so surprising when we know that it has made its mark on ships for centuries. But wood is a living material and therefore totally different from most materials used in a humid environment. In the bathroom, it can be in direct contact with the water (bathroom sink tile, grating in or in front of the shower tray, parquet, etc.) or it can simply be part of “furnishings”. (paneling, furniture, …). To ensure that the wood can hold its own in the humid environment of the bathroom, several points can be observed; Choosing rot-free wood is the least risky but also the most costly solution to prevent deterioration. Teak is the most well-known example for many people. There are perfect alternatives besides teak such as iroko, merbau, ipé, jatoba or sipo. If you leave this wood untreated, it will gradually turn gray. This is due to the influence of light. Oiling with teak oil, for example, prevents this and leaves the wood feeling silky soft. A less natural approach is to varnish the wood. Rot-free wood can be used without treatment as decking in the shower, a platform under the bathroom sink, vanity unit, or seat.
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Wood that is not rot-free will swell and deform in contact with water. Therefore, it needs protection. In such cases, the very strong polyurethane varnish is recommended. The application of the varnish must make the wood waterproof, so this must be done very carefully. The wood must be varnished on all sides, and always before it is installed. Such varnishes can have a lifespan of up to 10 years, but the wood remains vulnerable to scratches or impacts. For intensive use in a family, furnishing with varnished wood is therefore not recommended. Some practical tips from online lumberyard www.houtmerk.nl: – Regardless of the type of wood you use, you should avoid standing water and promote its flow. – Around the outer edge of a built-in bathroom sink, some water inevitably remains. This inconvenience you can remedy by building the bathroom sink “under” the tablet. – More than ever, good ventilation is essential. Varnished or oiled wood can take a little wet, but it does not tolerate being kept in a damp state all the time.