The tile industry is a serious competitor .. to wood flooring! Wood is warm, often times more universal to the change of times in design. So why tile (that looks like wood) over the real thing?
- No longer is it risky to have wood (looking) floors in your bathroom.
- Dog owners, no worries about scratches, and resanding/finishing your floors.
- Forgotten, or unknown spills, no worries
- Porcelain tile is one of the most durable building materials on the market.
- Tile will never be a victim of insects and the affects of the sun, or water (if properly installed)
Let's take a quick look what is out there – note that each manufacturer have an impressive color selection, as well as patterns (wood specie).
PORCELANOSA Parker Series is a 8"x47" tile – most of which is rated for walls, commerical and exterior applications.
"Montana Cottage" Bathroom
How about exotic woods? Porcelanosa steals the stage ..
For those looking for an aged wood, for a coastal design or even a modern theme consider this "Driftwood" from American Florim's Plantation series. It available in 6"x24" planks in a variety of colors to meet any style.
Pop culture you say? Ora Italiana brings you Uonuon with an emotionally intertwined lineup that can make decorative statement with an esteemed elements of unusual colors and mixtures.
Think beach home, play area, children's bathroom or a sophisticaled contemporary home.
Next up, for those with distinguised taste for organic materials to the fullest is Ann Sacks line of Petrified Wood that can be used for walls, counter tops and other applications. Available in 12×24 and 12×12 tiles … as well as customized slabs! It is a hard surface that is actually composed of trees, or better said, the actual cross-sections of a real tree that has thereafter been polished or antiqued.
Wood tile has been a growing trend for a few years now. It's encouraging and appreciated that their are manufacturer's who are producing tiles that meet nearly any budget. Real wood flooring tends to start around $5-7SF installed, so the inital investment is less expensive, don't let the cost detir you. The tiles here start in the $3-5/SF + installation, but the maintainance (no refinishing needed over time) is where your investment has its value – likely out living your home!