What Is It?

Wood-look tile is a flooring option that’s become increasingly popular in the past few years. Made from porcelain, it mimics the look of traditional hardwood flooring without the risk of potential water damage. This hardwood alternative resists moisture and allows homeowners to achieve the look of hardwood in rooms where it usually isn’t recommended. We encourage you to read on to learn more about this innovative material, and consider adding it to your Bloomington home.

Wood-Look Tile Advantages

Durability—Traditional hardwood has a tendency to collect scratches, nicks, and chips overtime. Conversely, porcelain is stronger and harder than hardwood, making it more durable. Wood-look tile seals against moisture and can be easily wiped clean, one reason it’s a popular option for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. Homeowners don’t need to worry about the eventual deterioration of their hardwood, and can depend on wood-look tile for a lifetime.

Believability—One thing constantly said about wood-look tile is that it really does look like traditional hardwood. Oftentimes, you won’t notice wood-look tile until it’s pointed out to you. More than other hardwood alternatives, this option truly achieves the look of hardwood and is available in a number of colors and finishes.

Wood Look Tile Precautions

Price—Due to its high quality wood-look tile can be more expensive than ceramic or stone tile. Nevertheless, its longevity makes it a worthwhile investment. One way to keep expenses down is to install wood-look tile in spaces where it’s most needed. For instance, basements are naturally less welcoming because they’re located underground and receive little natural light. They’re a space in dire need of the warmth and character that hardwood provides, but installing hardwood is risky due to potential water damage. We recommend that you prioritize installing wood-look tile in colder, less welcoming areas, over those that tend to be cozy or see a great deal of natural light.

Hardness—The strength and durability of wood-look tile is one of its greatest advantages. Unfortunately, in some cases this hardness can result in an uncomfortable underfoot. Standing on porcelain for several hours can result in sore knees and joints, something you should consider before installing wood-look tile in rooms where you’ll likely be standing for long spans of time. We recommend that don’t install wood-look tile in large rooms where you’ll be on your feet for more than a few hours.