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What parquet in damp rooms?


Choice of wood, type of laying, waterproofing and finishing: what you need to know to choose a parquet for the bathroom, the kitchen ... To discover our selection of parquet models, follow the photo gallery ...

Which essences to choose your parquet?

Traditionally, it is considered that only massive woods of exotic origin can endure the humidity and all the phenomena of condensation specific to kitchens and bathrooms. These are the only naturally rot-proof species that are mostly used indoors and outdoors. These include teak, kempass, merbau, iroko, doussie, ipe, jatoba, wenge, moabi, padouk and bamboo. Count between 50 and 100 € / m2 depending on the species and their rarity (Marty Parquet, Panaget, Gaillard Parquet, Design Parquet, Parquet of the World, Artepy, Wood and Company ...).

Thanks to the retification (or oven treatment), some European species also find their place in bathrooms and kitchens. This is the case of ash, beech, maritime pine, spruce or poplar. Count a minimum of 30 € / m2 for a parquet maritime pine and 60 to 100 € / m2 for beech, ash or poplar (Emois and Wood, Wood and Design, Parquetry Berrichonne ...).

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And the laminate?

First reserved for dry rooms (living room, bedrooms), the laminate can acclimate to the bathroom. The heart of the blade is then coated with melamine resin, which creates a barrier against moisture, and avoids the swelling of the laminate. The songs are treated to reinforce the peripheral sealing. A process that allows the entry into the kitchen or bathroom of noble essences (maple decor, Japanese cherry, walnut, oak, etc.) for a reasonable budget (about 28 € / m2) and a simplified maintenance (range "Marena Select V4" from Witex).

What kind of laying for your parquet?

Only a fully bonded installation allows the parquet to withstand the hygrometric and temperature variations associated with wet rooms. Whatever the nature of the support, the glued pose ensures the stability and solidarity of the blades together, despite the natural expansion of the wood. Installation is imperative with a polyurethane adhesive (Bostik).

Waterproofing and finishing

The tightness must be irreproachable between each blade, but also on the periphery. A jointed "boat deck" installation (butted blades and joints in black polyurethane sealant) improves the seal while giving a maritime dimension to the room. Finishing side, protective oil (lin) is the most suitable option. Many manufacturers offer pre-oiled floors in the factory, but you should know that the application is to renew every six months to a year. Vitrification is possible, but it has a disadvantage: it "closes" the wood and can cause stagnation of water and deterioration of the protective film.