Lots of homeowners want the appearance, durability, and value of solid wood. However, concerns over cost, ease of installation, and, in some cases, climate may also cause them to consider wood- look alternatives. Wood-look floors look like hardwood floors, but the planks are made from other materials that can emulate the coloring, grain, and texture of popular wood styles. Let’s take a look at why the team here at Floor Coverings International® of Avon Lake recommends wood-look alternatives for some Avon Lake homeowners.
Wood-Look Tile as An Alternative to Solid Hardwood
Homeowners who want durability, classic appeal, and value will always benefit from choosing hardwood flooring. Besides the appearance, hardwood flooring can also help provide sound and environmental insulation and a comfortable surface. With proper care, solid hardwood floors can last for centuries, so they’re a good choice for people who want to invest in their home for a lifetime.
Wood-look tiles can offer many of the same benefits of solid hardwood floors – durability, easy maintenance, color versatility, to name a few – and are easier to install. Though solid hardwood floors will last far longer, they aren’t perfect for every environment. For example, humid spaces like bathrooms, below-grade rooms, and even kitchen can pose risks to solid wood whereas tile is build to withstand that heat.
Advantages of Wood-Look Porcelain Tile
As an alternative, some manufacturers produce porcelain planks that look just like hardwood planks. At the same time, they offer the benefits of any porcelain tile.
Consider these advantages of wood-look porcelain tile flooring:
- Installers can apply them right over the foundation and sometimes, over an existing floor. The tile planks will be thinner than wood flooring, so they’re a good choice if the floor height is an issue.
- Wood-look tiles also tend to hold up better to water and humidity than either solid wood or engineered wood. If more waterproof floors are important, tiles are a better option.
- These ceramic tiles are also extremely resistant to scratching and won’t require periodic refinishing. Families who have rooms with heavy traffic, pets, and children will probably find tiles a more practical alternative.
- Since tile manufacturers can simulate the look of almost any wood finish, it’s also easier to find variety. For instance, white or gray finishes have become increasingly popular but may be harder to find in solid or engineered hardwood.
The main drawback of tile is that it may feel colder, harder, and more slippery than wood. Some people solve this problem by placing area rugs around the room.
Should You Choose Wood-Look Tile Over Solid Hardwood?
Most homeowners are happy with solid wood because it provides them with a durable and comfortable flooring choice that can also enhance the appearance and value of their home. On the other hand, porcelain tile that looks just like wood offers a good alternative because it’s almost waterproof and resistant to scratches. In many cases, tile flooring can also be installed in rooms where humidity or height would cause problems for hardwood floors.
The team of experts here at Floor Coverings International® of Avon Lake can help figure out which flooring style is the best choice for your home. Give us a call or schedule a free in-home design consultation today here! We proudly serve greater Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH,Bay Village, Rocky River, Olmstead Falls, and beyond!
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