The tile industry is a serious competitor to wood flooring. Wood is warm, oftentimes 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 effects of the sun, or water (if properly installed)
Let’s take a quick look at what is out there. Note that each manufacturer has an impressive color selection, as well as patterns (wood species).
PORCELANOSA Parker Series is an 8″x47″ tile rated for walls, commercial 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 is 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 a decorative statement with esteemed elements of unusual colors and mixtures.
Think beach home, play area, children’s bathroom or a sophisticated contemporary home.
Next up, for those with a distinguished taste for organic materials is Ann Sacks. This line of Petrified Wood can be used for walls, countertops, 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 initial investment is less expensive, don’t let the cost deter you. The tiles here start in the $3-5 per square foot + installation, but the maintenance (no refinishing needed over time) is where your investment has its value – likely outliving your home!