One of the biggest trends in the tile industry right now is ceramic and porcelain tiles that look like wood. Almost every tile manufacturer has their own line that mimics the look of wood flooring.Porcelain Tile Cape Town
The Advantages of Porcelain over Real Wood Floors
Porcelain wood tiles are much more durable than wood flooring. Extremely scratch-resistant, they never need to be refinished. Porcelain tiles are almost completely pore-free, and as such are stain-resistant and can be cleaned with any household cleaner.
They can be installed in wet areas such as showers, in commercial spaces such as restaurants and shopping malls, and freeze/thaw-resistant porcelain wood tiles are suitable for exterior installations such as patios.
If you want that classic wood look in a high-traffic area such 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, consider porcelain instead: a scratch-resistant, durable, low-porosity material that will stand the test of time.
Print quality plays a large role in the price point of all man-made tiles. A more sophisticated inking/glazing process will result in natural-looking patterning, more realistic and subtle colors, and variation from tile to tile.
A cheaper printing process often results in flat, monochromatic looks, frequent pattern repeats, and discernable dots from low-quality ink-jet printing. The vast majority of our wood tiles, however, are of high print quality, resulting in realistic-looking products. This includes our exclusive wood-look porcelain line Woodcraft, which we import directly from the manufacturer for lower costs on a quality item.
The physical texture of a wood-looking tile contributes heavily to its level of realism. From hand-scraped texture to saw chatter marks, faux ridges, and knots help to create a convincing look and heightened realism. A shiny finish, as with laminate, can create a decidedly fake look. A more matte finish duplicates the way real wood diffuses light.
The added friction from the wood-texturing also creates a safer walking surface, making porcelain wood tiles ideal for bathroom floors, entryways, and patios.
Grout and your Porcelain Tiles
But what about grout, you ask? Many people are hesitant about choosing tile because they’ve had bad experiences with stained, mildewed or dirty grout.
Fortunately, there are new grout types available that are non-porous, stain-resistant, mildew-resistant, extremely color-consistent, flexible, and easy to clean up and install. Pre-mixed grouts are easy to keep clean, no sealing required, and they are just as low maintenance as your porcelain tiles. You can install your grout in grout joints as small as 1/8th or even 1/16th of an inch for a minimal appearance.
Most people choose a grout color that matches their porcelain tiles so that it blends in and doesn’t draw attention to itself. If you want your pattern to pop, however, consider using a contrasting color. If you want your floor to look like real wood but with the absolute lowest maintenance required, we recommend grouting your porcelain tiles with a matching (or slightly darker) grout color in a small grout joint with a pre-mixed grout.
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