Wood-look tile is the largest selling category in the tile industry right now, according to Daltile. It had a rough start due to the tiles not looking as authentic as real wood or real tile but now it comes in shockingly beautiful and amazingly durable varieties. It is quickly becoming a new standard in the industry and if the recent innovations provide any clues, will most likely be around for a long time.
Tile flooring can now serve as the official doppleganger of hardwood floors due to its ability to realistically mimic wood’s natural grain.
Tile flooring can now serve as the official doppleganger of hardwood floors due to its ability to realistically mimic wood’s natural grain. Initially you would only find home improvers putting these clever clones in kitchens and bathrooms but they have quickly become a whole-house staple says IncStores LLC.
2017 brings some exciting advancements to the wood tile industry around size, design, and finish.
New Size: Long & Narrow
Shorter, narrower planks that were hot stuff back in the mid-century are back in full effect – along with everything else from that era. New advancements have allowed wood tile to jump on this bandwagon as well. Longer planks will also become available to keep up with the larger plank offers in the natural wood industry. These new offerings will help you easily add character to your new home design.
New Design: Hand Scraped
Rustic is all the crave with hard wood floors and thanks to synchronized graphic printing, we will begin to see wood-like offerings in our local flooring store with chipped edges, saw marks, chatter marks and those hand scraped lines worth swooning over.
New Finish: Vaporized Wood-Looks
Vaporized wood is a process to make the grain and wood textures more noticeable and pronounced to provide a floor with character for days. And guess what? Tile technology has reached the point where it can now mimic both the appearance of grain and character. Mind blown.
What are your thoughts on wood tile? Love it? Hate it?