Wood grain tile—for the look of wood and durability of tile
When you want the look of a hardwood floor, but you want the easy-clean surface and long-term durability of tile, choose wood grain tile. Hardwood can be difficult to maintain, especially in high traffic areas, as it tends to scratch and dent. Tile is the answer.
Wood grain patterns printed on top of durable tile have become very popular because they mimic real hardwood floors amazingly well. Being tile, they’re less susceptible to scratching and denting than real hardwood would be.
Keep the grout lines thin to look as close to real hardwood as possible
When choosing a wood grain tile consider how closely it should resemble a real hardwood floor. After all, a real hardwood floor wouldn’t have grout lines. To keep the look as close as possible to real hardwood, keep the grout lines very narrow and use a grout color that disappears into the pattern.
Oblong wood grain tile can be set in a grid pattern, herringbone, 33% offset or even in a parquet pattern. Wood grain tiles are also available in hexagon and other unique shapes. Work with your project consultant to look at pattern samples and discuss your options.
Is the tile you’re considering embossed with a wood pattern? Can you feel the wood grain in the surface of the tile? This will enhance your hardwood look.
Consider durability, ceramic or porcelain?
When it comes to durability, check the tiles you’re considering. Are they ceramic or porcelain? Porcelain is more durable than ceramic tile, especially for floors.
Some of our customers have been amazed at how rich and warm wood grain tile can look, resembling a real hardwood floor but without the maintenance challenges.
Stop by our store, you’ll love all of our samples
Stop by our Portland, Oregon store to talk with a project consultant, or explore the room ideas on our website. Is it wood? Or is it tile? Only your project consultant knows for sure!