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Bathroom improvement question... Moisture resistant wood?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Apr 23, 2005.

  1. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    What's the best wood to use in a bathroom? I've heard Cedar stands up to weather (moisture) pretty well, but we' probably going to have an oak finish vanity, and Im' not sure I want the wood mismatched.
    I'm going to use stained pine for a shelf, but I need to add 2 pieces of trim and that's the wood I'm wondering about.

    1 piece will go at the top of the shower tile surround, the other will go down the edge of the tile where it meets a doorframe (same as a wall), basically the end of the shower surround.

    Thanks for any responses!
     
  2. Eric M.

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    Use anything you'd like, just seal it well. Put it up, seal it and then run a bead of clear caulk (silicon or acrylic latex - I like the Dap Alex Plus II) along the top and bottom.

    Redwood and Cedar are very water resistant when left unsealed, but, will run and stain when they get wet. Looks "pretty" on a fence or trellis .... looks like you made a mistake if it happens in a bathroom.

    Good Luck,

    Eric M.
     
  3. Stickseler

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    If I knew somthing about wood i would be glad to help you :grin:
     
  4. hi pinion

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    USE GOOD WOOD!!! :grin:

    I dunno, never did the whole wood on water deal :)
     
  5. Storm Trooper

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    Just use a good finish (maybe a marine spar?), precut your wood and seal it on all sides. Use whatever wood matches the rest. It will look much better.
    Oh, and put in a good fan and use it :)
     
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    Cypress, if you can get it. I read folks are pulling old submerged Cypress logs outta swamps, milling it and selling for big bucks.
     
  7. Storm Trooper

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    My whole front deck on my house is made out of cypress. It still needs to be sealed or it turns gray/black but when cleaned and sealed it looks like pine and is a much harder wood. It only comes in std sizes and not in trim.
     
  8. Stickseler

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    Cypress is a good choice. Oak is not meant to be submersed in water but it does stand up to high moisture. People use alot of white oak in wet conditions especially barns and stuff.
     
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    The also sell plastic that looks pretty good as well for trim.
     

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