wood-look tile in mediaTile technology has advanced considerably in the last decade alone. Today, processes are sophisticated enough that very convincing wood grain and natural stone patterns can be replicated through ceramic and porcelain tile. Rather than installing hardwood, many Media homeowners are instead choosing to invest in wood-look tile to get the appearance of wood with some additional benefits.

Our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley has gathered the pros and cons that you should consider before installing wood-look tile in your home.

Benefits of Wood-Look Tile

Wood-look tile is durable and easy to clean. It has the same maintenance benefits as the porcelain or ceramic from which it’s made, and it doesn’t have to be sealed like hardwood. It won’t swell or warp with water, which means you can have flooring that looks like wood in areas such the kitchen or bathroom without fear of damage. Wood-look tile also comes in an extraordinary number of grains, patterns, and colors, including styles that wouldn’t even be possible with real wood. It provides a more consistent appearance and it lasts for a very long time.

Drawbacks to Wood-Look Tile

Unlike wood, tile cannot be refinished. It is colder and harder than wood, and does not bring the same warmth and character as a natural material. Essentially, wood-look tile doesn’t convey the same benefits of wood even if it may look like the real thing. Also, it’s always possible to replace and repair hardwood flooring; with as many wood-look tiles as there are available now, you’re not guaranteed that you’ll be able to find the same tile if you need to complete a repair or a remodel down the road.

Style Considerations

Wood-look tiles have become very popular due to their durability and appearance. When remodeling to flip a home or simply to catch up on the latest trends, wood-look tile is one of the most desirable choices. Many people are looking for homes to buy with this type of flooring because they know it’s going to be very easy to upkeep and maintain. Wood-look tiles can also replicate exotic woods that may not be readily available in some areas, or available at all at a reasonable cost.

That said, every big trend has the potential to eventually “date” a home. Wood-look tiles became popular within the last decade, and if they eventually fade from popularity they will date a home to 2010 through 2020. For a new home, or a home that you expect to keep, this may not necessarily be a bad thing. For a home that you eventually want to sell (such as a starter home), you should know that wood-look tiles may not necessarily be as desirable in five years as they are right now.

And what about cost? In terms of cost, wood-look tiles can actually be very similar in price to hardwood. Generally wood-look tiles are going to be a little more affordable in cost, but they may cost a bit more in installation. It also depends on the hardwood species you prefer. Some domestic hardwoods may be comparable to the cost of the wood-look tile, while exotic hardwoods may be much more expensive than their tile equivalent.

It’s a good idea to look at samples of any type of flooring before you decide to install it in your home. Contact our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley. We’ll come to your home with our mobile showroom to help you find the perfect wood-look tile or hardwood flooring for your home.

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