If you’ve ever dreamed of having a beautiful wooden floor in your home but have been put off by the idea of maintenance, warping, scratches and issues with underfloor heating, you’re not alone. It’s undeniable that a hardwood floor with gloss is stunning, but it’s simply not attainable for many of us, or suitable for our lifestyles. So why not consider wood effect tiles?
Wood effect tiles have been around for years, but have recently garnered extra attention thanks to improved technology, meaning they are realistic now more than ever. So much so, that it can sometimes be difficult to tell that they are replicas!
A wide range of choice is another key point to consider: there tends to be more plank sizes available in wood effect tiles vs real wood.
Porcelain wood effect tiles offer unbeatable durability as they are not susceptible to scratching, scuffs or dents like many real woods are. Warping due to water spills is not an issue and they are much easier to clean so can be ideal for wet rooms and bathrooms.
One of the main concerns we hear from homeowners who are considering wood effect tiles is that their floor will be cold. Fortunately, porcelain tiles are compatible with underfloor heating and in fact conduct heat. This makes them the far more efficient selection over others like engineered wood.
Wood effect tiles can be installed all over your home and many are even suitable for exteriors situations which can be beneficial for people who love a unified look through their entire home. Whether in bathrooms or on patios, wood effect tiles are incredibly durable and can be installed just about anywhere.
Our top tips for installing wood effect tiles
- Hire a professional. It might cost more initially, but it’s a worthy investment – especially as your wood effect tiled floor will look amazing for the many years to come.
- You need a totally level floor – if you don’t have one this is where the skill of a professional becomes essential!
- Lay the tiles with a 2-3mm grout gap. This ensures the tiles look more like a real wooden floor rather than tiled.
Choose a grout colour similar to the shade of the tile, so that it blends in rather than stands out, for a more realistic finish.
Head over to our Tile Gallery for more info on our current range of wood effect tiles