Do you love wood or stone, but can't afford the long term maintenance or the installation? Problem solved! Porcelain tiles that look like wood flooring or stone offer you a long list of benefits, without the headaches.
These days both budget and easy-care play a big role in home remodeling. You are busy and simply can't afford to worry about a finicky floor. You can simply choose one of the types of floor tiles made to resemble natural materials such as wood, stone, marble or slate. Porcelain ceramic tile is one such an option and can be an attractive and durable decor solution.
Better still, what if I tell you that you can even be ordering free Takla and Daltile tile samples online (at the time of writing) in just a minute or two? Yes, at the click of a mouse you can ensure that you have your choice of tiles in your hand to check how they will fit into your decor scheme.
Wood floors are beautiful and create a nice atmosphere, but if they are not taken care of properly, that beauty just won't last. The main benefits of installing porcelain tiles that look like wood flooring or stone, include...
Porcelain ceramic tiles are kiln-fired at extremely high temperatures. This, plus the high-pressure methods used, makes them harder and more durable than non-porcelain ceramics. You can click here to learn more about the primary differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles.
You can get Takla and Daltile lines at very affordable prices, far cheaper than wood or natural stone flooring would be. Add to that the wide choice of shades and designs, and this make them a very attractive deal in more ways than one!
These tiles can be used in all sorts of settings and for projects such as bathroom backsplashes and shower walls, as they are highly resistant to moisture. This also means that spills shouldn't lead to stains, although it is always recommended that you don't leave fluids on the tiles for long periods.
A great advantage of porcelain ceramic tiles is that bacteria don't like them at all! This is why they are such an hygienic option for use in bathrooms and kitchens. In addition, lines such as Daltile come with an extra antimicrobial system that is infused into the glazing. This gives you yet another level of protection.
This type of floor covering is extremely resistant when it comes to scratches and chipping. Provided that the installation is done properly, it should retain its good looks for many years.
Porcelain tiles usually do well in low, medium or high traffic areas. Some can even be used in commercial settings and may also be suitable for outdoor use. Always check with your supplier to make sure that the setting you have in mind and the particular brand or line, will be a good match.
Textures and patterns
One of the most appreciated benefits is that these tiles come in such a never-ending range of shades, designs and textures. You can pick and choose from tiles that look like wood flooring, natural stone, slate, marble, terracotta or travertine, to name a few. As technology develops, the recreations of the natural materials become more and more authentic.
Make the right choice and you can have excellent slip resistance in porcelain tiling. This is an important benefit to consider when choosing your tiles for use either inside or outdoors. Especially if you have kids or older folks in your home, you need to make sure that the tiles won't be slippery when wet.
Takla Porcelain Tiles
From the Takla brand, you can choose to your heart's content, whether you want wood-look flooring, stone, marble or travertine. Popular lines include...
Takla Porcelain Tile Marble Series in Dark Emperador, Crosscut Travertine, Daino Reale, Jura Beige, Statuario Extra or Crema Marfil
This is made to look like marble stone and does so in a very authentic way. The color runs right through the tile. In addition, each one is specifically manufacture to be unique, so that your flooring will show natural variations in patterning.
They do very well in moisture-rich areas and resist stains to a high level. This is considered a 'green' flooring option. The available dimensions are 12"x12", 18"x18" and 12"x24". The Marble Series come with a PEI rating of 5, attesting to the hardness and durability of this range.
Takla Color Body Porcelain Tile Exclusive Collection in Shady, Chocolate, Fog, Tan or Oyster
This is another of the natural stone design options and come in 12"x24" or 6"x24". The floor covering can be used in both residential and light commercial settings and do well with either interior or exterior use. They are highly stain resistant and also frost resistant, which is good news for outdoor use. Their wear rating is PEI 4.
You can also look at the Earth Collection or Manhattan Series for more stone-look choices.
Takla Legends Collection Full Body Porcelain Tile in Taupe, Beige, Charcoal, Caramel, Chestnut, Gray or Chocolate
Now we get to the tiles that look like wood flooring. These also come with an impressive PEI 5 rating. The matte finish is slip resistant. The available sizes are 35 1/2"x 9", 35 1/2"x 6" and 35 1/2"x4". Oh yes, I also have to throw in that these are made in Italy!
Takla Porcelain Tile Wood Grain Collection in shades such as Glacier, Crystal, Volcanic Ash and Desert Sand
These tiles have a water absorption rate of 0.04%, meaning that they can do well in high-moisture settings. They are also resistant to stains and can be used inside or outdoors. The matte finish is slightly embossed, with a PEI Rating of 4.
Daltile Porcelain Tiles
Daltile Porcelain Tile Yacht Club Series in wood-look designs such as Cockpit, Topsail, Bridge Deck and Sea Anchor
Here you will see more examples of porcelain tile that looks like wood flooring, yet can be installed in moisture-rich areas or settings where there could be standing water. They are impermeable and should not cause stain issues. They are also hard-wearing and durable. In addition, they also sport an extra level of protection in the form of antimicrobial technology, which helps to prevent bacterial growth and odors. The size of these tiles is 6"x24" and they promise a seamless wood-installation appearance.
Daltile Porcelain Tile Fidenza Series in Dorado, Bianco and Cafe
This is another stone-look variation. Daltile brings you hard and moisture-resistant tiles in the Fidenza series. This helps with both durability and stain-resistance. Another benefit is that they do well in certain outdoor settings, as they can withstand sharp shifts in temperatures. You can get these in sizes such as 12"x12" and 18"x18".
I hope that you have enjoyed this overview of porcelain tiles that look like wood flooring and that you find the perfect floor solution with the help of some of the free samples above!