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Naturcor Natural Grandeur for wet bathroom?



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Old April 11, 2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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Naturcor Natural Grandeur for wet bathroom?


I am reconstructing a bathroom for elderly parents. I want a "wet floor" in which the entire floor is level with the shower base so the floor can be wet and drain into the shower. I want a product that is cushioned in case of falls. The Naturcor Natural Grandeur line seems suitable, but I am not sure if it is okay for it to be soaked repeatedly. Does anyone know?

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Old April 11, 2009, 06:34 PM   #2
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First question, what is the substrate?

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Old April 11, 2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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We are gutting out an existing bathroom and taking space from an adjoining room. So we can install whatever substrate is needed for a resilient, easy to clean floor that can withstand water.

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Is it wood or concrete?

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Old April 11, 2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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It's important to know what the substrate is, concrete or wood, and what the wood subfloor is, if it applies. In some cases, the joists cannont be cut out to allow for a walk-in shower without sufficient bracing underneath.

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The existing subfloor is wood.

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Thank you.

Here is the short answer. If you think that there is any way (and it sounds like there is) for water to get between the floor covering and the substrate, especially regularly it would not be a good idea.

i know that the floor can be removed and dried if it is loose layed. But the chance for mold (another thread) and rot is greatly increased. (Even if it was a concrete floor the mold issue should preclude this application)

However, if you can secure the shower thresh hold in such a way that water cannot penetrate between the floorcovering and the subfloor, thus remaining topical and easily removed and cleaned, there is no reason not to use a floating fiber floor in the bathroom.

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Are you thinking that there could be a significant amount of water that gets out of the shower into the bathroom floor? While it would cost more, you could install Schluter Ditra on the floor and waterproof all seams with Kerdi. A piece of Kerdi could bridge the gap between the bathroom floor and shower floor. Then you could install the tile of your choice. Your floor will be waterproof, and any significant water in the bathroom area could be directed into the shower to drain.

Another option would be to install another drain in the bathroom floor.

I agree with Barry, though. You don't want to take any chances, especially with a wood subfloor.

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