The Disadvantages of a Teak Shower Floor

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There are some disadvantages to a teak shower.
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A self-contained mat made of wooden slats can be a popular choice to add something extra to your regular shower floor. Wooden shower floors can add some warmth and character to your shower and can feel better on your feet than a regular acrylic or fiberglass shower tray. However, when choosing your shower floor option, it's important to consider the potential disadvantages of a teak shower floor.

About Teak Shower Floors

Rather than a shower floor made entirely of teak wood, a teak shower floor typically refers to an insert of teak slats that can be placed into your shower tray. Wood would not be a good choice for an entire shower floor, as it's not reliably waterproof. Teak shower flooring is usually a mat or insert but could also take the form of tiles, planks or even a custom-designed tray.

Advantages of Teak Shower Floors

When it comes to wooden shower floor options, teak is a popular choice. A teak shower floor tends to be more resistant to moisture than most other woods thanks to the natural oils it contains. This can also mean teak shower floors are less prone to mold and mildew and can look newer for longer.

Teak also has a naturally attractive appearance. The warm tones can add a rustic feel to a bathroom and make your shower more interesting than the usual stark plastic look. Many praise teak shower floors as feeling particularly comfortable on their feet as they use the shower. They can even help add some grip to prevent falls.

Disadvantages of Teak Shower Floors

While teak is resistant to water and mold, this doesn't mean the surface is impermeable. Many of the everyday products you use in your shower can have a staining effect on a teak floor. Harsh bathroom cleaners can also have an adverse effect on the appearance of teak. Removing stains from teak can be difficult and can cause damage to the structure.

While teak is resistant to mildew and mold, a teak shower floor can still cause these issues in your shower or tub. The join between your teak floor and the surface beneath can attract moisture and become very unsanitary over time. Adding a teak shower floor to your bathroom can make your shower more difficult to clean.

Teak shower floors also require a fair amount of maintenance to ensure they keep looking their best. Over time, the grain lines can be prone to rising up, compromising the smooth finish of your floor. The best way to prevent this is by regularly scrubbing it with a stiff brush and soap, but this is a time-consuming process and can even end up staining your floor further.

Teak shower floors also require extra maintenance along with this scrubbing. They'll need to be treated with oil periodically to help keep them water-resistant and looking lustrous. During this time, you won't be able to get your teak damp, so you'll either have to give up the use of your shower or remove your teak floor. It's generally ill advised to get a teak shower floor if you're unwilling to put in the work of maintaining it.

Another disadvantage of a teak shower floor is its high cost. Teak shower mats are already fairly expensive, but if you opt for a custom-built teak floor for your specific shower shape, it can get even more costly. While the look and feel of a teak shower floor are worth it to some people, it's certainly worth knowing the downsides before making such a big investment in order to make a more informed choice.

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Annie Walton Doyle is a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Professional Photography Magazine, Bustle, Ravishly and more. When not writing, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature and mysteries.

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