Trying to decide between hardwood and tile? Homeowners in Columbia can get the best of both worlds with porcelain wood-look tile. Learn more about this popular trend in flooring from the team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East.
What Is Wood-Look Tile?
Wood-look tile has become very popular in recent years. These porcelain or ceramic tiles are printed with a wood grain pattern and installed with narrow grout lines so the finished product is a tile floor that looks just like hardwood. There are even wood-look tiles available with a textured finish to mimic the hand-scraped hardwood that is popular today.
Benefits of Wood-Look Tile
One of the biggest benefits of wood-look tile is the price point. While most homeowners would love hardwood flooring in every room of the house, that can be cost-prohibitive. Wood-look tile is typically cheaper than solid wood planks and easier to install over any level sub-flooring.
Tile can go where wood cannot. If you want the look of wood in a bathroom, basement, or other area of the home that accumulates moisture or humidity, then tile is your best option. Wood-look tile can also be installed over radiant floor heating, which is not an option with solid wood flooring.
Drawbacks to Wood-Look Tile
Wood-look tile does require grout for proper installation, and cleaning extensive grout lines can be a challenge. Using thin grout lines between tiles will help reduce the maintenance concerns and improve the authentic look of the flooring. Also, using a dark colored grout will help hide dirt and stains.
Porcelain tile is super durable, but if your wood-look tile is scuffed, scratched or otherwise damaged, it cannot be refinished like solid wood. Ordering extra tiles when you first install the flooring will ensure there are replacement materials on hand if a section of flooring ever needs to be replaced.
If you are ready to explore the trend of wood-look tile, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East. We will come to you with our mobile showroom so you can browse samples in the comfort of your own home.
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