wood look tile austinWood look tiles have been a growing trend in 2017 even though they’ve been around for a long time. If this popular flooring choice is something you’ve considered, then you’ll want to know what to expect after installation. The experts here at Floor Coverings International Austin have compiled a list of wood look tile basics, so you can be thoroughly informed when selecting floors for your Austin home!

What Exactly Is It?

Wood look tiles are made of porcelain or ceramic. High-definition inkjet technology is used to print the wood grain and texture onto these tiles to resemble real wood. While the tiles won’t feel like hardwood, they tend to be much less expensive than real hardwood, and come with a number of advantages that have boosted their popularity in the home.

Installation

The installation of wood look tiles will be just like that of regular tile floors. However, if you’re thinking of installing wood look tile yourself, you may want to think again. These tiles are trickier to install than regular tile, because they must be aligned in such a way that resembles wood as closely as possible. It can also be difficult to match the color of the grout to the color of the grain. For these reasons, it’s best to have professionals with years of experience install your wood look tile to ensure the best results.

Durability

Wood look tiles have the warm appearance of hardwoods, but the notable durability of tile. While hardwoods are known for being prone to scratching and damage, tile is almost indestructible. If the look of hardwoods is your main priority over other hardwood qualities, then you may consider choosing wood look tile for its longevity and for the ease of mind it brings. However, tile can feel colder and harder under foot than hardwood, and this is important to keep in mind if these qualities are important to you.

Maintenance

Maintenance will be a breeze with wood look tile. Just like with regular tile, you can mop and sweep it with few concerns. You’ll mostly need to pay attention to the grout, which can collect grime and may need a bit of extra cleaning. Real hardwoods are more sensitive to chemicals and moisture, and will require much more care when maintaining. They’ll also need to be refinished after being worn down over the years – something that you won’t need to do with wood look tiles!

Call Your Wood Look Tile Experts Today!

Wood look tile could be the perfect addition to your home. Call Floor Coverings International Austin today for a free, in-home estimate, and to learn more about our tile options. We proudly serve the greater Austin, Westlake areas!

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