Although wood-look tile has been around for over a decade, it is only increasing in popularity.
This popular flooring option gives your home the same warmth as traditional hardwood flooring, while also maintaining an unparalleled durability.
If you’re looking to choose new flooring, wood-look tile may be the perfect addition to your home.
However, check out this list of pros and cons of wood tile before making your final decision.
Pros and Cons of Wood Tile
If you’re considering the increasingly popular option of wood-look tile, keep reading for some pros and cons.
Tile flooring is renowned for its durability. Whether you’re moving furniture or accidentally drop a set of weights, tile floors regularly experience heavy wear and tear. Even when installed in moist or damp areas of the home, tile flooring proves durable and provides a long lifespan.
Especially for those looking for pet-friendly flooring, wood tile’s durability is unmatched. If you want the beautiful look of hardwood flooring without its sensitivity to wear and tear, wood tile is a great option for you.
Wood-look tiles are made from clay, including some post-industrial waste (yay-recycling!)
Although hardwood flooring is also from a renewable source, trees take a long time to reach maturity, and we all know deforestation is a growing global problem.
The durability of tile also makes it more sustainable, as it will not have to be replaced nearly as often.
Tile prices are more affordable than high-end hardwood floors, ranging from $1 to $20 a square foot.
With wood tiles instead of hardwood, you can achieve the same aesthetic with less cost. When you account for the durability of tiles and low maintenance costs (no waxing!), tile often emerges as a more affordable option.
Unless you have an underfloor heating system, wood-look tiles may not be the best choice in a cold climate. Because they quickly dissipate heat, the tiles become cold very quickly.
However, wood look tiles work great in southern states and climates, especially those with high humidity.
Most people know how difficult it is to install tiles. They require a precision that the average homeowner and DIY-er simply does not possess. Especially with wood-look tiles, precision is essential to make the tile look as natural as a hardwood floor.
This requires color-matching grout, and accurate aligning.
The grout needs to be sealed properly, and errors could be very costly. You shouldn’t attempt to install wood tiles without professional help.
Although tile is durable, it’s not indestructible. You can shatter it, and unless you have spare pieces of the original tile laying around, repair can be difficult. If you are going 20+ years on the tile and haven’t saved spare pieces, you may not even be able to find matching tile.
If you’re looking for an affordable hardwood look with more durability, wood-look tiles may be right for you.
Be sure to weigh the above pros and cons to decide whether or not wood tiles are perfect for your home. For more information on wood tiles and other popular flooring options, contact us to see how we can help!