Wonderful wood – your guide to wood effect tiles

Friday 15 August 2014, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Wood Effect

If you've ever dreamed of having a beautiful wooden floor in your home but have been put off by the idea of maintenance, warping, scratches and compatibility with underfloor heating, you're not alone. It's undeniable that a glossy hardwood floor is stunning, but it's simply not attainable for many of us, or suitable for our lifestyles.  So why not consider wood effect tiles?

The benefits of wood effect tiles

Wood effect tiles have been around for years, but have recently garnered more attention thanks to improvements in technology that now mean they are more realistic than ever. So much so, that it can sometimes be difficult to tell that they are replicas!

A wide range of choice is another key point to consider as there tends to be more plank sizes available in wood effect tiles vs real wood.

Porcelain wood effect tiles offer unbeatable durability as they are not susceptible to problems like scratching, scuffs and dents as many real woods are. Warping due to water spills is not an issue and they are much easier to clean so can be ideal for wet rooms and bathrooms.

One of the main concerns we hear from homeowners who are considering wood effect tiles is that their floor will be cold. Fortunately, porcelain tiles are compatible with underfloor heating and actually conduct heat. This makes them a far more efficient (and toasty!) option than genuine options like engineered wood.

Wood effect tiles can be installed all over your home (and many are suitable for exteriors) which can be beneficial for those who love a unified look throughout. Whether in bathrooms or on patios, wood effect tiles are incredibly durable and can be installed just about anywhere as a result.

Top tips for installing wood effect tiles

  1. Hire a professional. It might cost more initially, but it's a worthy investment - especially as your wood effect tiled floor will look amazing for years to come.
  2. You need a totally level floor - if you don't have one this is where the skill of a professional becomes essential!
  3. Lay the tiles as closely together as you can, with the smallest possible grout gap. This will ensure the tiles look more like a real wooden floor rather than a 'tiled' one.

Choose a grout colour that is similar to the shade of the tile, so it blends in rather than stands out for a more realistic finish.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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