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Councillor - Christine Billings

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ADDED Thursday Apr 10th - 2014

I'm not Allowed Hardwood in my Kitchen?

April 9th, 2014

Question from Twitter sent to me asking me why city hall would care, or "tell me what to do in my home" about using hardwood in a kitchen.


Staff response:

Hi Cam,

Water Resistant Flooring in Residential Bathrooms, Kitchens and Laundry Rooms is addressed under Article (Division B) and Appendix A9.30.1.2. of
the Ontario Building Code(O. Reg. 332/12).

The Building Code requires water resistant flooring in residential bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. The Building Code specifies what types of flooring are acceptable and this list includes resilient flooring (such as vinyl and linoleum), concrete, ceramic tile, and other type of flooring which provide a similar degree of water resistance. The Appendix of the Code provides further explanation.

These code requirements are intended to minimize risk of damage to flooring to subfloor beneath. In addition unsanitary conditions may be created by absorbed moisture, particularly in washrooms.

Carpet is therefore not permitted in washrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms.

Wood, laminate, cork and similar flooring will be permitted in kitchens due to less chance of water spillage and difficulty in determining kitchen perimeters. It should be noted that other municipalities may be more restrictive and require ceramic tile, resilient flooring, et cetera in kitchens.

In general wood, laminate, cork and similar flooring will not be permitted in washrooms and laundry rooms.

We believe that this approach results in a minimal risk of damage to subfloor(structural damage), minimizes the risk of generation of contaminates (unsanitary conditions), as well as recognizing that new water resistance products may come onto the market even though not specifically mentioned in Division B, Article

This has been our approach in Guelph for more than 15 years.