What makes wood look tile flooring so popular? Is it the stunning aesthetics? Is it the incredibly durable format? Maybe it is the low-cost and easy installation that draws businesses and homeowners to choose these versatile lines of porcelain and ceramic tile. Whatever the reason, tile that replicates genuine hardwood flooring is a trend that has grown exponentially in recent years, offering the high-end looks of native and exotic wood species in an enduring tile format that is sure to last for years to come. Advances in high definition and digital 3D printing have afforded manufacturers the opportunity to offer incredibly realistic wood characteristics, graining, knotting chatter marks and scraping without the headaches that often come with hardwood floors.
The diversity of porcelain wood tile has broadened immensely over the last few years. There are as many categories of this designer-imposter wood flooring as there are categories of the genuine hardwood article. Additionally, some of the biggest names in flooring are presenting collections that will wow even the most hardened skeptics and critics of wood-look tile. Brands such as Shaw, Eleganza, Interceramic, Daltile, Mohawk, Marazzi, Kertiles, American Olean and more have all developed incredible collections of tile that could be used to ‘knock on wood,’ based upon visual representations alone.
Considering updating the look of your home? If you want to achieve the popular look of hand-scraped or reclaimed wood, consider Eleganza Veranda with its flowing lines and 6” wide-format styling. Shaw Fired Hickory also presents a compelling option for lovers of the distressed-look wood. To create the style made popular by long plank flooring, we recommend the visually captivating StonePeak Crate in 8” x 48” planks that offer incredible color styling. One of our best sellers, Marazzi American Estates, offers a multi-width format to allow you to create the ultimate genuine wood aesthetic in your home or commercial space. Love vintage, time-worn or antique design? Consider Shaw Phoenix in 6” x 36” planks that feature worn looks bearing warmth and charm. Do you have a modern décor theme? Contemporary, urban styling is created with superb results in Daltile Chalet or Cerdomus Over. The Over collection offers Cerdomus’ signature designer styling in a multi-width format for exquisite layout options, including the trendy herringbone design. Last, but not least, traditionalists will love the classic look of American Olean Terreno or Eleganza Acacia with warm hues and archetypal lines.
No matter your final choice, tile masquerading as hardwood is no longer just an alternative to hardwood or laminate, it is a highly desirable type of flooring in its own right.