Why use wood effect tiles rather than the real thing? Here’s a guide to using wood effect tiles in your home.
Why use wood effect tiles rather than wood?
Well for one thing, wood is prone to warp in damp environments, so putting a new wooden floor in a bathroom could be a problem and leaving exposed floor boards can be draughty. In flood prone areas wooden floors can be ruined if the worst happens and in fact many insurers are now insisting on fully tiled ground floors in properties at risk of flooding. So if you want the look of a wooden floor without the problems, wood effect tiles are the answer.
Modern technology means that the latest models are produced using high definition ink jet printers making them extremely realistic, especially as they are often available in plank format. The printers can print on to textured tiles which have been pressed to give a finish like wood grain. When the space between the tiles is minimised and the same colour grout is used, it is more or less impossible to tell that they aren’t real wood. Add underfloor heating and you even have warmth underfoot.
Hundreds of Styles
Designs aren’t limited to standard wood – stripped, varnished, painted and distressed, or just painted. You can have wood effect tiles that look like the interior of a Swiss chalet or a beach hut that has faded with time.
Outside as well frost proof porcelain really comes into its own, allowing you to have a “wooden” deck without having to varnish it to stop it rotting. Perfect for summer barbeques or lounging by the pool, if you are lucky enough to have one!