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If you love the classic look of hardwood floors but not the maintenance required to keep them beautiful, then consider installing wood look porcelain tile instead. They provide the same versatility in your home, but unlike hardwood they are scratch-resistant and aren’t affected by moisture.
Why Use Wood Plank Look Porcelain Tiles
As popular as hardwood floors may be, it’s not be the best choice for every home. If installed below grade or in areas with higher humidity, it can swell. Laminate floors cannot be installed at this level either for the same reasons and in addition to that they are susceptible to scratching and denting over time. Using engineered hardwood is an option, but it can only be sanded and refinished a few times before needing to be replaced.
Wood look porcelain tile planks will give you the appearance of hardwood without all its disadvantages. Nothing will faze these floors: rambunctious children and pets, heavy furniture, even basement floods. They will continue to look as good as the day they were installed for years to come. They also require no special maintenance or cleaning products, adding to its list of benefits in design choice.
The Look of Wood Porcelain Tile Planks
What gives these tiles their look? Compressed clay dust is packed into a tile mold and fired at high temperatures. The grain pattern for the particular wood species is then printed on the tile resulting in an accurate wood grain appearance and color. They are then installed with a 1/16th-inch grout joint matching in color to the chosen tile and meant to be so seamless that most individuals cannot tell the difference from hardwood.
No matter what room of the house they are installed, there is a size and color for any taste. For a more rustic appearance, “painted planks” are available and give the room a weathered look. Since they come in a variety of shapes, there is sure to be a style that will fit in with your home’s design. So, if you’re looking for a way to get that hardwood look without all the maintenance, consider wood plank look porcelain tiles for your home.