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Definition and the Benefits of Wood Look Tiles
Wood look (or wood effect) floor tiling, like the name suggests is designed to look like wood, be realistic and feel so comfy underfoot you’d wonder why no-one thought of it decades ago. In terms of the benefits, firstly they’re made to look very much like traditional classic wooden boards. Second, since they’re porcelain they don’t stain; whether it’s coffee, wine, or oil, just sponge them down and you’re good to go.
Thirdly, if you like underfoot heating while retaining that timber look, porcelain wood effect tiles are the answer. While many wooden boards dry out and warp under constant temperature changes, floor tiles are designed to not allow that to happen. This tile type works both indoors and outdoors, so if you still want to give off the impression of wooden floors outside, while avoiding the need to treat for moss, waterlogging or being over-dried, then porcelain is the perfect solution. Wood effect is also easily achievable on walls, depending on your needs and the recommended tiles for the job.
Laying Guide for Different Timber Tiles
When laying wood effect tiles, there are a few popular patterns that might be suitable to your taste.
Crosshatch, an unusual way of laying tiles, is done by putting a set of parallel planks at right angles to each other. This is certainly eye-catching, however we recommend dry-laying a couple of square metres to be certain they’re the right fit for your project.
Herringbone, often seen as think planks connected at right angles, is great for adding a touch of class to hallways and smaller rooms especially. This design is often seen in traditional antique Parisian apartments so it’s definitely the stuff of dreams for many!
Using random planks as the next example, laying these tiles with a staggered joint is the most popular way. This guarantees a natural, timeless atmosphere and it’s also well known that oak floors have been laid this way for centuries. Get your tiler to lay their joints at random, making sure they don’t overlap by more than a third, ensuring a smooth and flat finish.
Of course, laying random planks in two or more sizes is also great and creates a truly authentic finish. This style is often best for larger floor areas that show off the mixed sizes.
Finally, our last example is the Repeating Joint. If you’re looking for something that, unlike wood floors which have a random bond that is more traditional, this type of tile creates a contemporary finish. It’s best used modern living areas, so please remember while is it’s best to use grey tones in your tiles for the best effect, make sure the plank tiles don’t overlap by more than third of their length. This is best to ensure a consistent flat finish.
That’s it, we hope these recommendations helped you. For more information, please call us or drop in to the store to see what’s on offer and chat with our professional, friendly staff.