The latest trend in flooring offers homeowners the look of wood with the durability of tile.
The Home Depot guys, Joe Autry and Scott Krueger, are showing the advantages and versatility of installing a wood porcelain floor.
The product is imported from Italy, and it can be used in commercial and Residential settings. And it's versatile. Many people are using it on walls as a substitute for wainscoting. It can also be used outdoors in Kentucky and southern Indiana, which is significant because not many tiles can be.
Wood tile is a ceramic or porcelain tile that is made to look like a genuine hardwood floor. With today's technology the look isn't the only thing that will make people think it is genuine hardwood, wood-look tiles can also be textured to resemble a more natural hardwood surface.
Why would you want ceramic flooring that mimics the look of wood? Why not just install wood?
Ceramic tile offers advantages that traditional hardwood just doesn't have. Hardwood can contract in rooms that are exposed to a great deal of moisture, like bathrooms, basements or even some kitchens. Ceramic, on the other hand, has no such issues. Ceramic is also durable; you have less to worry about when you drop something on the floor.
Vinyl or resilient flooring also comes in a variety of looks that emulate wood planks. It offers big advantages in the softness department. Resilient planks (also called luxury vinyl planks) are warmer to the touch in cold months and also considerably less expensive than installing wood-look ceramic or porcelain tile. One of resilient's biggest selling points is its durability. Whether you're looking at commercial or residential flooring, this type of flooring can take a beating in even the most high traffic of areas and look great for the full 10 or 15 year life of the flooring. And, if damaged over time, the process to replace a few planks is quick and easy.
But even outside of the standard advantages of tile, wood-grain ceramic offers a unique look that makes a big impact. Once it's laid down and grouted, no one is going to mistake your floor for real hardwood. But you'll enjoy the warm, organic look of wood with a completely modern, updated spin.