Is Wood Like Tile For You? Angie’s List Has The Pros & Cons

There’s nothing quite like porcelain wood planks for flooring that inspires! I may go with the wood-look ceramic simply because I have a formal living room, albeit small, with Queen Anne-styled furniture. Variation is a good thing when it comes to wood style planks – it looks more natural and pleasing to the eye. Porcelanosa – As declared on their website Porcelanosa is a global leader and a trend setter in the manufacture of porcelain tiles” and as such their tiles are at the higher, more exclusive end. It’s best to cut tiles a few at a time, as needed, to keep your pattern consistent and even. Vinyl tiles and planks with a thicker wear layer can be used in commercial settings as well.

Just work a small area at a time, spreading the mortar out and installing a few tiles before moving to the next area (Image 3). If you do have to stop for any reason after you’ve already spread the thinset down, scrape it back up and put it in the bucket. If you do choose wood-look tile flooring, Angie’s List suggests you keep a few extra tiles just in case you need to replace one and the line you purchased is discontinued. LVP is luxury vinyl flooring that looks like wood planks in everything from color to species.

Wall/Backsplash Tile:Tile to be used on the wall or as a backsplash in kitchens or bathrooms (behind the sink or countertop). If you choose a textured tile then it will be less slippery then a completely smooth one and after that make some house rules. This is called lippage: when one tile is higher than the tile it’s next to. There’s basically two things that contribute to this: 1) The fact that most of these types of tiles have a crown, or a bow, to them; and 2) the offset patterns that are usually used. Our sheet vinyl is fiberglass-cushion-backed sheet flooring that is glued directly to the subfloor.


If you’re thinking of using wood tiles in your bathroom it’s a good idea to pick one with a little more texture for added grip when walking around in bare feet. Stone effect and contemporary tiles are usually laid with regular, straight grout joints but one of the great advantages of plank tiles is the number of different ways they can be installed. The first (obvious) thing I need to mention is that tile cannot be refinished and scratches cannot be sanded out like they can with hardwood. This ceramic tile has a virtually smooth surface with the visual texture of aged painted wood.

And because ceramic tiles work in any room, indoor or out, you can easily create a unified look throughout, mix and match different styles for a dramatic look or even make a bold statement with an accent wall. In addition to their realistic look, you don’t have to worry about the wear and tear that frustrates many homeowners with solid hardwood flooring.

If you rush and lay tiles unevenly, thinking that they will flatten out as the thinset dries…you are in for an awful surprise as it will look worse after it dries. Porcelain tile will not expand and contract in areas that are prone to moisture. These are only two of the many reasons that vinyl plank flooring is becoming a popular option for residential spaces. I set the tile using an 1/8″ grout joint to give the look of a real wood floor once grouted with a matching colored grout.

The result is a stable, sustainable floor material less likely than solid wood to change with heat, cold and humidity. Just like if you were tiling a concrete slab, you will first use mortar to secure tiles to the floor, create straight grout lines and then add the grout later. LVT is more affordably customizable, and is nearly indistinguishable from hardwood looks. If you love the look of reclaimed wood floors, wood-look tiles might be the perfect choice for you. It is important to understand that tiling over existing tile is possible, but you never want to cover up a bigger problem.

These have the look of more traditional hardwood floor planks and patterns, including herringbone. You can even install porcelain tiles in a large home or commercial building because it can withstand harsh chemical cleaning agents. Typically, every 10-12 years your hardwood flooring must be stripped, sanded and waxed to help maintain it’s beauty. Alternatively, for those wanting that extra authentic approach, our ‘Cantina’ collection has a subtle print across the tile remensicent of old wine boxes, oozing instant fascination and charm.