WOODEN EFFECT TILES
Everyone knows I love wood effect tile! They’ve come so far, there are an amazing amount of shades and so many of them look as good, if not better, than real wooden flooring!
Wooden floors work well in settings such as traditional country houses or when used to create a natural outdoor look, however wooden effect tiles are far more versatile and can be made to fit in with not only the natural and traditional look, but they also work with more modern room designs and in rooms of all sizes including bathrooms.
Many tile manufacturers are now offering wood effect tiles that are extremely realistic. The latest technology offers high quality printing of a selection of tones and wood type to be printed on the tiles and also includes intricate details such as knots and exceptional tone and texturing. The high quality floor tiles replicate real wood so well, they are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing and this is just one of the reasons I love them!
More and more people who choose wooden effect tiles are opting for a wood effect porcelain tile in the kitchen are of the home. There are some fantastic choices out there. One of my personal favourites is from Topps Tiles and is an Oak effect tile from the Mora range, it’s realism is incredible. Check out my Instagram and Facebook for the photos.
Many people who choose wooden flooring over tiles do so because of natural instillation, tiles aren’t the warmest in the winter - however underfloor heating combats this easily. It’s not as expensive as you’d imagine and transforms all tiled floors. One warning though - once you discover this in one room, you’ll wonder how you lived without it before installation!
Apart from the warmth of wooden flooring, people also like the look of a “natural” wood flooring so opt for this over tiles. I’m certain everyone will be able to find a tone and shade of a wooden tile they will love just as much as a real wood floor! The advantages of tiles are endless and we will talk through a few of them below.
They are far easier to replace if something goes wrong than wooden flooring! It’s not often a tile cracks, but it can be often wooden flooring gets damaged. The cost to replace is unmeasurable. Just remember to keep a couple of the left over tiles “ just in case” as some tile ranges do get discontinued, and if in say 10 years for some reason one cracks, you may struggle to get hold of the original. This is an overly cautious approach of course because 99% of the tile all tiles will be fine for as long as you require them.
Hard wooden flooring often suffers with cracks, warping or chipping. If you think about high traffic areas such as the living area or kitchen - wooden flooring can become a nightmare to maintain. Porcelain wood effect tiles are the complete opposite. Made for durability and to overcome heavy use, the tile can withstand most things thrown at it and is a godsend to keep clean.
Wooden flooring doesn’t deal with moisture well. Therefore bathrooms and kitchen areas with real wooden flooring needs to be looked after and maintained which can be costly and timely. However with tiles, there are none of these issues as porcelain tiles are made to deal with human use including spills, muck and dirt.
Leading on from this Wooden effect tiles are made from a hygienic material which does not favour the development of bacteria. You can also use the harsher cleaning products on the floor if needed to wipe away tough stains and germs unlike wooden flooring where you have to be careful of using harsh chemicals.
Picking a natural wood for flooring doesn’t mean you will receive exactly that particular wood chosen in the showroom; every tree is different, every plank is different. On one hand, this makes the natural material even more “natural”, on the other hand, you can lose control on the final result of your floor: the colour may be different, a brighter or darker shade, knots more or less frequent, bigger or smaller and so on however picking a tile - you know what you’re getting because of the technology used to make them. As stated in a previous blog, you may want to take a tile sample home to ensure the tone and colouring is the same in the light in your room as the show room etc.
So apart from the fact that wood style tiles are more cost effective, easier to maintain, offer the choice of underfloor heating and what you see is what you get with them. There are other benefits and uses too!
Decking. Yes! You can use them outside to create a decking area that’s non slip and again easier to maintain and clean. Better yet the tiles won’t fade as wood does over time and when hit by the winter weather they are far more durable.
Walls. We’ve touched on feature walls in our last blog and I advise you to read this if you’re thinking about tiling walls, there’s a section in there too on using wooden effect tiles for feature walls. Wooden tiles can be used to create a warm cosy space and are on trend right now.
Herringbone. Laying wooden tiles in this fashion makes smaller spaces seem larger and brings a rustic feel to the flooring, alternatively you can lay the wooden tiles in parquet flooring style which is making a massive come back and brings warmth to the feel of the room. It also creates a modern retro feel to all rooms which we love. Again Topps tiles do a parquet flooring wood tile if you’re thinking of this. I recently laid a floor with this and loved how it made the internal decor stand out so much more.
Transition flooring. Some people combine wood tiles with another tile of a different texture, shape and colour to break up a look. At the moment hexagon tiles are very fashionable and work perfectly to help break up two spaces such as a kitchen / diner or a hallway to lounge area. I would however be certain you absolutely love this look and are happy to live with it for a prolonged period of time. Tiles don’t require changing often, however trends such as transition flooring don’t always stick around. This is why some people choose to do transition flooring in smaller spaces such as hallway to lounge, rather than throughout the entire home.
There’s a way to be bold with wooden effect tiles too! Mix and match, there’s no harm in using different colours and tones of tiles on the same floor. There are so many shades out there as mentioned,many of them compliment each other perfectly.
In terms of grout you should make sure your grout is a close to the wood tone as possible, your tiler will be able to help. If you’re trying to keep a natural look, a contrasting grout will break up the tiles making it less natural and more “tiled”. If you want less grout lines look for a rectified edge and not a pressed edge. This allows tighter grout lines.
This short blogs probably something you’re reading if you’ve considered wooden tiles, but are looking for reassurance you’re considering the right choice! I can assure you you won’t regret it. If you’ve got any other questions drop us an email or message on our Facebook page.
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