Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members – it’s free and quick! However, for anyone who loves parquet floors but doesn’t have the time or the means to maintain them, Refin offers an excellent alternative to wooden floors; porcelain wood tile, which can be laid anywhere. Tiles that suit industrial style were a huge trend at Coverings 2013 that we’ll explore in another ideabook, but in this case the wood planks take on the hues of a concrete floor. Lookalike wood tile caught my eye last year in a restaurant in Canada and I thought it was so cool I got down on my knees to caress that floor, no joke.
These Heartland Light Oak porcelain tiles have a durable glaze that’s suitable for light commercial foot traffic. The first planks I installed were 12 x 18. The longer and Skinner the tiles the harder it is. You need a special leveling wedge not those spacers to keep the tile level at both ends. Advances in the tile industry have produced a wood-look tile to rival everything you love about wood floors without the problems of hardwood. For more wood realism, it’s best to install the tiles with tight grout lines using a non-contrasting color. Most wood planks are fairly narrow because the wider the plank, the easier it warps.
That means that you can get the look of a costly, exotic wood at a much more reasonable tile price. I’ve seen it installed in restaurants in the Bay Area too which makes sense since it looks like reclaimed or hand scraped wood but has the benefit of repelling moisture while maintaining a great look, even with tons of traffic. Large format tiles, 20 x 40, look & feel like marble, but are lower maintenance and more cost effective.
Tim Perdieu, co-owner of Tile & Stone Warehouse in Merriam, estimates that sales of it in his store are six times what they were three years ago, when he began to stock it. We definitely wanted to go with tile in our basement – wood on a concrete basement floor is a no-no, and I’ve heard of lots of people who have problems with vinyl peeling up at the seams when installed on concrete. More recently, I considered porcelain wood-look tiles, which, purist that I am, I hesitated to embrace. If damage does occur, you can replace a single tile (or multiple tiles) easily without having to rip up a whole section of the floor.
Disney has installed wood-look tile in numerous places throughout the park (most notably in the new Fantasyland expansion) and not only did it look incredible, it easily stands up to hundreds of people walking over it every day. I went into a Fired Earth showroom yesterday and they had wood effect porcelain tiles and I really liked them but ruled them out is they were £100+ p/sqm!! With dozens of products to choose from in the wood look tile flooring category Daltile has one of the largest assortments available in the industry.
They look fantastic (grouting not so obvious as the photo, they have a warmer colourway and grouting colour very well matched) and feel fantastic with their underfloor heating. Wood Grain Tile is another option for tiling that offers a lot of design possibilities with a wide range of colors in a spectrum of styles, from rustic to refined. I went back to the store I purchased the tiles and called American oleans, they no longer make this tile and cannot replace the bad ones. All the floors are tiled in 30-inch by 6-inch Italian porcelain planks that resemble wood.
Scott Finley, a sales associate at Big Bob’s Outlet in Overland Park, recalls that about 18 to 24 months ago, shoppers started asking for wood grain tile. Basically, if you’d like to decorate your garden with beautiful wood, but you don’t fancy maintaining it on a regular basis, then view our range of Abruzzo wood look tiles ! These tiles are a great look for those of us who have radiant floor heating and would love to have a decorative match to other stone in our flooring. This particular tile is great for a coastal cottage, a rustic cabin or an updated Shabby Chic space.
Daltile’s wood-look lines offer you all the beauty of domestic and exotic hardwoods with the high-performance qualities you’ve come to love in our tile. My husband was skeptical because most wood-look tile planks are wider and shorter than a normal hardwood plank and he thought it might look strange, but after visiting Disney World a couple months ago – we were both sold. While wood can expand or crack in wet environments, tile resists moisture, allowing a wood look on decks, around pools, or in baths or kitchens.
This includes our exclusive wood-look porcelain line Woodcraft, which we import directly from the manufacturer for lower costs on a quality item. You can use faux wood tile in parts of the home where moisture and water make real wood impractical, such as bathrooms, kitchens and foyers. It’s also recommended that you keep a few extra tiles just in case you need to replace a chipped tile and the line of tiles you’ve bought is discontinued.