Wood-look tile has become extremely popular, and for good reason. Tile that looks like wood provides the aesthetic and feel that so many homeowners crave, without the limitations that hardwood or laminate floors might have.
Let’s take a closer look at why wood-look tile continues to set flooring trends year after year.
Advancements in floor manufacturing have allowed porcelain and ceramic tile to resemble natural wood planks, resulting in wood-look tile. Photorealistic photography and printing technology capture the character and random patterns of wood, and the images are printed onto the tile itself.
What’s even better is that the wood-look tile flooring is made in the shape of wood floors—no square tiles here—so you can get that plank look. There are different plank sizes available, such as 12” X 24”, 13” X 17”, and more.
In many cases, people have a hard time telling the difference between wood-look tile and actual wood flooring. And that’s not just a visual comparison. The actual feel of wood-look tile can mimic the hand-scraped, rustic qualities of a plank of hardwood flooring.
Have you ever wanted wood flooring in areas of your home where solid hardwood floors and/or wood laminate floors are not recommended? Hardwood looks timeless and beautiful, but you wouldn’t want to have it installed in wet rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, or laundry rooms.
Wood floors, like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and even laminate, are susceptible to damage if they’re exposed to high levels of moisture. In this case, tile that looks like wood is a great alternative.
Tile is constructed to be extremely durable—it resists most scratches and moisture, making it a great choice for high-traffic or high-moisture rooms. Finally, you can have a floor that looks like wood, with all the benefits of tile.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can be bad news for hardwood floors. UV Fading can drastically alter the color of some wood floors. That’s not the case with wood-look tile options. Throw the blinds or shades open and let the sun shine down on your beautiful interior with less worry.
Real wood and water are not a good match. Plus, real wood can scratch from a mistake as simple as using the wrong setting on a vacuum. And don’t let us get started on steam mops.
Wood-look tile flooring, by contrast, can be easily cleaned with a damp mop once a week or so. Skip the strong detergents and soap—water will get most jobs done when it comes to tile. Remember to always check the manufacturer recommendations on cleaning before you use any household cleaner on your tile floor.
There’s no guessing why wood-look tile flooring has become one of the hottest trends in flooring recently. It is manufactured to look just like wood floors, but it has all of the great properties of tile, like moisture and scratch resistance.
Wood-look tile allows you to get that great wood look in any room without the worry of how your floor will handle traffic, splashes and spills, or even something as simple as sunlight.
Empire Today® has several different options for wood-look tile flooring that can be professionally installed. Get started by scheduling a free in-home estimate and a sales representative will show you samples, measure your rooms for free, and help you find the perfect wood-look tile for your home. You’re sure to love our wood-look tile flooring options and great customer service. Empire® has over 3 million satisfied customers and more than 60 years of flooring expertise and quality service. If you want to see what others have said about us, head over to our Shopper Approved page where you can find thousands of trusted reviews.
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