Wood-Look Tile: Why It Continues to Be a Trendsetter
Wood-look tile has become extremely popular for good reason. It provides the wood look and feel that so many homeowners crave, without the restrictions that hardwood or laminate floors might have. Let’s take a closer look at why Tile that looks like wood continues to set flooring trends year after year.
What is Wood-Look Tile?
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 captures the character and random patterns of wood, and the images are printed onto the tile itself. What’s even better is that the tiles are 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 wood flooring. And, that is 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.
Why is Wood-Look Tile Better?
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 even laundry rooms. Wood floors, like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and even laminate are susceptible to damage if they’re exposed to moisture. Wood-look tile is a great alternative in this case. Plus, tile is constructed to be extremely durable – it resists most scratches and moisture, making it a great choice for high-traffic rooms. Finally, you can have a floor that looks like wood, with all the benefits of tile.
Wood-Look Tile is Unlikely to Fade
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 and shades open and let the sun shine in on your beautiful interior without a worry.
How to Clean Wood-Look Tile
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. Don’t let us get started on steam mops. Wood Look Tile can be easily cleaned with a damp mop once a week. 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 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 a 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 of wood tile floors 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.