Bozeman homeowners desire hardwood flooring because of the warmth and beauty it brings to their homes. But hardwood is not without its challenges. Depending on its hardness, it must be protected from dents and scratches. Also water can lead to staining and warping in the wood, so this type of flooring is generally not recommended for humid areas like the bathroom. If you want flooring that looks like wood, but doesn’t have the same maintenance, consider wood-look tile.
What is Wood-Look Tile?
Wood-look tile is made from ceramic or porcelain materials. It mimics the color, texture, and grain pattern of hardwood through a high-resolution print on the tile surface. In fact, high quality pieces can even fool the naked eye. Due to advancements in technology and manufacturing, a high quality tile surface can have over a hundred distinct faces.
Wood-look tile generally comes in plank form, but other sizes and shapes are also available including square tile and herringbone mosaic pieces. We partner with leading national tile manufacturers, such as Shaw Floors and Daltile, to bring you a wide selection of products. In particular, Daltile has one of the largest assortments of wood-look tile in the industry.
One design consideration to keep in mind is grout color. We recommend wood-look tile be installed by professionals to ensure grout lines are properly concealed. However, you can also choose a grout color that contrasts with the wood for a unique design.
Wood-look tile can be used for several applications including on floors, walls, and counters. It can add a rustic charm when used as a backsplash or as a shower tile. It also makes an excellent hardwood flooring alternative for pet owners. If you are concerned about its cold feeling underfoot, area rugs can be used. Also radiant heating pairs well with both ceramic and porcelain wood-look tiles.
If you are planning your next tile project and are interested in wood-look tile, call Floor Coverings International Bozeman and schedule your free, in-home design consultation. Using our mobile flooring showroom, we bring all our samples straight to your door. Our design associates are happy to help you select the perfect tile product to suit your needs, and our professional installers will complete your project in a high-quality and timely manner.
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