For many years people have dreamed about using hardwood in their kitchens and bathrooms, but the fear of water damage was just too great. People were forced into installing a vinyl or tile surface which wasn’t exactly what they wanted. Modern technology has brought the hardwood look and texture to life with a very durable and water resistant porcelain tile. You can now easily create a unified look in your home by being able to lay it throughout your home; there’s no need to confine it to “wet” areas like kitchens and bathrooms, as it can work equally well in the living room or bedroom.
Porcelain is perfect if you want that classic wood look in a high-traffic area such as an entryway or a kitchen, in a wet area such as a bathroom or steam room, or if you have a very active household with children or dogs. Porcelain tile that looks like wood is a scratch resistant, durable, low-porosity material that will stand the test of time. They look exactly like wood, down to the textured grain surface.
Advantages of porcelain over hardwood floors…
- Tougher than ceramic. No chips, nicks, scratches, fading, denting or every need to be refinished.
- Wood can expand or crack in wet environments. Tile resists moisture, allowing a wood look on decks, around pools, or in baths and kitchens.
- They work better with radiant floor heating than solid wood flooring.
There are many different options when it comes to colors and textures. They can be given the look of natural stone, granite, slate, travertine, limestone, marble, quartzite and terracotta. Since they are harder and denser than ceramic tile floor tile product, this wood look porcelain tile can endure heavy foot traffic at both residential and commercial locations.
*Written by Paul White from PG Interiors