As it sounds, wood-look tile is tile that’s manufactured to mimic the look of hardwood flooring. Also referred to as wood tile, this type of flooring has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Made from porcelain, its claim to fame is an ability to achieve the look of hardwood in rooms where hardwood is usually not recommended. We encourage you to read on to learn more about this innovative material, and consider adding it to your White Bear Lake home.
Wood Tile Advantages
Repels Moisture—Traditional hardwood expands and contracts when exposed to moisture, making it a poor option for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. Comparably, wood-look tile is made from porcelain, which resists moisture. It’s a great option for homeowners who want to achieve the look of wood in several rooms or throughout an entire home, but don’t want to worry about water damage.
Customization—Wood-look tile is man-made and therefore available in a number of different colors, designs, and styles. Homeowners can choose tile that mimics dark hardwood or light hardwood, or anywhere in-between. They can also decide how uniform they would like each tile to be, depending on whether they desire a polished or distressed finish. The range of wood-look tile options gives homeowners the ability to customize their floors.
Wood Tile Disadvantages
Difficult to Install—Since wood-look tile is a form of faux wood its grout lines need to remain hidden in order to achieve the look of authentic hardwood. If tiles aren’t arranged perfectly mistakes tend to stand out, and therefore DIY installation isn’t recommended. Luckily, the design experts at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake will complete your wood-look tile installation from start to finish.
Hardness—Porcelain is a hard material and standing on it for several hours can result in sore joints and knees. We recommend that you don’t install wood-look tile in rooms where you’ll be on your feet for a large span of time, such as in a kitchen.
Here at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake we look forward to helping you find the perfect wood-look tile or hardwood flooring for your home. We offer a large selection, which you can take a look at in our product galley. Our design experts proudly serve the greater White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis areas and provide free consultations. Call us today!
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