Wood-look tile is becoming an increasingly popular flooring solution for a number of reasons. Here at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY, we love installing wood-look tile because we know that the homeowners are going to love its durability and style. Below are the wood tile basics you’ll need to know when considering this unique floor for your Middletown home.
What is Wood-Look Tile?
Wood-look tile is exactly what it sounds like: tile that looks like wood. It is often made of porcelain or ceramic and is designed to look like hardwood floors. Advanced inkjet technology is used to create a realistic hardwood image and texture on each tile. These tiles come in various plank lengths, making it possible to recreate a number of hardwood looks.
One reason why so many homeowners are turning to wood-look tile is because of its durability. Hardwood is prone to scratching, denting, and water damage. On the contrary, porcelain and ceramic tile is very resistant to such damage and is incredibly water resistant. This makes it possible to get the hardwood look in rooms that are otherwise unsuitable for real hardwoods, like the bathroom or basement. Your tile floors won’t fade in sunny rooms like other hardwood, either.
Wood tile is easy to maintain and requires only a regular sweeping and mopping. Unlike their tile counterparts, real hardwoods require special care during cleaning to avoid water damage and will need to be periodically refinished. Wood-look tile can also last a lifetime if maintained properly. Since the hardwood look will never go out of style, you won’t have to worry about your wood-look tiles going out of style either.
One thing to keep in mind is that tile tends to be cold and hard underfoot. Wood-look floors may appear warm and inviting, but won’t necessarily feel this way. Luckily, radiant heating works well with these floors, and will keep your feet warm in the winter. Tile is a highly conductive material, meaning that it will warm up quickly when paired with radiant heating, and it will stay cool during the hot summer months. This could help you cut energy costs and will keep your home cozy year round.
Installation and Cost
Ensuring that your tiles are placed to mimic real hardwood graining makes installing wood-look tile difficult. Selecting the exact grout color and placing the tiles to disguise the grout can be tricky and is a task best left up to professional installers. Our experts have experience with wood-look tile and can easily install it in your home. To top it all off, wood tile is often more affordable than hardwood floors, and it saves on refinishing costs otherwise required by the real deal.
More and more homeowners are turning to wood-look tile for its countless benefits; it could make the perfect addition to your Middletown home, too. Call Floor Coverings International Orange County NY for a free in-home consultation and to learn more about our tile selection. We proudly serve the greater Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick areas.
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