This new trend in tile is garnering praise from designers and the environmentally conscious, alike. A man-made product, porcelain wood-look tiles offer homeowners and designers a myriad of options for flooring, walls, and backsplashes. It’s versatile, beautiful and durable. In short, it’s everything homeowners are looking for!
Wood-look tiles come in a variety of colors, textures and shapes, allowing homeowners and their designers the freedom to create a custom look that is stylish and long-lasting. Shapes include the more traditional long and short planks, as well as large squares that offer a more contemporary pop. We particularly love using the square tiles for a warm, natural feel on patios and pool surrounds, as in the photo below.
How do wood-look tiles stack up against Mother Nature? Selections range from tile created to replicate the distressed look of your grandma’s old wood floor, to a more highly polished style. Wood patterns are printed on the tile and have all the shading and graining of real wood. Tiles vary in texture, from smooth (like traditional tile), to a wood-like texture. They can be installed with or without a grout line.
As far as durability, these tiles are a clear winner. Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is fired at higher temperatures, making it a denser product that protects against moisture and scratching. It will withstand anything the kids, dogs and the slow leak under the dishwasher can throw at it.