Hardwood flooring is long lasting and beautiful, but can it stand up to high-heeled shoes? How about a basement flood? Sometimes, even pets with sharp nails can damage your hardwood floors. Luckily, there’s a way to get the beautiful look and longevity of hardwood without worrying about these problems. The solution is wood-look tile, and here at Floor Coverings International Jupiter, we love this hardwood alternative for many reasons. Read below to learn if wood-look tile is a match for your West Palm Beach home!
What is Wood-Look Tile?
Wood-look tile is ceramic or porcelain tile that is manufactured to mimic the look of real hardwood. These tiles come in plank shapes and are imprinted with realistic hardwood graining to better emulate the look of actual hardwood plank flooring. Wood-look tile is installed with grout and mortar like any other tile floor, but some types of wood-look tile can be installed in such a way as to hide the grout to truly look like a hardwood floor.
Wood-look Tile Water Resistance
There are many reasons why homeowners are choosing wood-look tile over real hardwood flooring, and one of these reasons is because wood tile is incredibly water resistant. Water damage on a hardwood floor is a frustrating problem that many homeowners encounter. Fluctuations in humidity can cause a hardwood floor to warp, and excess water can lead to swelling and discoloration.
Wood tile, on the other hand, is highly water-resistant and can be safely installed in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms because it will not warp, stain, or become altered from excess water. This makes wood-look tile the perfect alternative for homeowners with messy pets and kids, or for homeowners who want the hardwood look in moisture prone rooms.
Wood Tile Longevity and Maintenance
One reason why so many homeowners love real hardwood is because it is a long lasting floor. When cared for properly, a solid hardwood floor can last a lifetime. Of course, maintaining such a floor will require lots of time and money, especially when it comes to refinishing or special hardwood cleaners.
With wood-look tile, homeowners can still have a reliably long lasting floor, but they won’t have to worry so much about maintenance. When cared for properly, a ceramic or porcelain wood-tile floor can last a lifetime, just like hardwood. However, wood tile will never have to be refinished (or re-polished), and maintaining it is as simple as regularly sweeping and mopping the tiles.
Cost and Installation
Wood-look tile is installed with grout and mortar just like any other tile floor. Some types of wood tile can be installed in such a way as to hide the grout and make the floor look even more like real hardwood.
When it comes to cost, wood-look tile is an affordable alternative to hardwood. Many types of hardwood can be quite expensive, but most of the same hardwood looks are obtainable with wood-look tile for a smaller price.
Get Started in West Palm Beach Today
Wood-look tile has been growing increasingly popular in West Palm Beach homes for many reasons, and it could be the perfect fit for your home, too! Call Floor Coverings International Jupiter today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We proudly serve Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and surrounding areas.
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