Not all our floor coverings are suitable for use in the bathroom without restrictions. Laminate and ready-made engineered wood flooring, for example, react sensitively to moisture due to their wood content, which is why installation in the direct splashing water area around the shower, bathtub, toilet and washbasin is taboo. For laminate flooring, our special Aqua-Proof process enables use in wet rooms with up to one hour of standing water protection (Classic, Trendtime and Edition). In permanently wet rooms or damp environments (sauna areas, small bathrooms, etc.) laminate and ready-made engineered wood flooring should not be installed. The situation is different with our SPC and vinyl floorings made of solid material, which are an attractive alternative to the usual tile coverings even in splashing water areas due to their material properties. Our vinyl flooring versions with an HDF core board must also not be installed in areas where splashing water can get onto the floor. However, Modular ONE's waterproof surface and the special core board suitable for damp areas allow this flooring to be used in wet rooms with up to four hours of standing water protection.
Especially for the floating installation, we recommend Modular ONE Hydron, SPC and Laminate Hydron 600. Modular ONE enables use in damp rooms with up to 4 hours of protection against standing water. Laminate from the Classic, Trendtime and Editon collections can be used in damp rooms with up to one hour of protection against standing water. If you choose our SPC and vinyl floorings made of solid material, we recommend that you glue these floorings over the entire area (you will find a suitable adhesive in our range). This reliably prevents water from getting under the flooring and causing mould. For the same reason, you must seal the transitions from the floor covering to the walls and other rising components with a silicone sealant. If, on the other hand, you choose the floating installation, do not seal the transitions with silicone, but with special sealing profiles with flexible sealing lips. The silicone would not follow the movements of a floating floor in the long run and would tear. In addition, use a PE film to protect the substrate. In principle, you can say that the same conditions should be met for the installation of tiles.
In conservatories, above-average solar radiation is to be expected due to the large glazed areas. UV radiation can cause colour changes (darkening or lightening) in some versions of our floor coverings, such as engineered wood flooring. The high level of heating of the room associated with solar radiation leads to an increase in volume for flooring with a high wood content, as already described. For this reason, we recommend the use of laminate flooring, vinyl flooring with an HDF core board, vinyl flooring with an SPC core board (with 8mm all around expansion joint) or Modular ONE for conservatories. Due to the respective product structure, these coverings react less strongly to temperature fluctuations than vinyl flooring made of solid material or engineered wood and laminate flooring. Basically, you should always fit such generously glazed rooms with a functioning external shading system to keep UV radiation and heating within limits. Furthermore, approval for an installation in a conservatory is only possible if the room is used as a living space all year round (and a "normal" indoor climate prevails).
Nevertheless, discolouration of the planks in direct sunlight is to be expected.