So you love the look of wood floors but you want the durability of ceramic or porcelain tile? Good news – there’s a happy medium. A wood look tile could be a perfect match for you and your home.
Sometimes casually referred to “tile that looks like wood,” wood floor tile is great for areas that get a lot of foot traffic. It’s also commonly installed in kitchens and bathrooms due to porcelain tile’s water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent. Solid wood floors and even engineered wood floors have a higher risk for cupping, cracking, and crowning with water damage.
Another advantage of wood floor tile is that it doesn’t fade like many hardwood surfaces. The color of the tile will not have the fading problem that some hardwood floor dyes suffer from. With tile, you will also avoid many of the scratching and chipping risks that come with hardwood.
Some residents have complained that wood tile is colder on their feet than regular wood floors. However, with the warm climate of Metairie and New Orleans, that shouldn’t be a problem with your wood tile floors. Also, consider the humidity that we get here in Metairie and New Orleans. Wood tile floors can handle moisture better than hardwood.
A caveat you may face is that if you do have a damaged wood floor tile down the line, it may be almost impossible to get an exact color match. That’s why you should always save a couple tile pieces after your installation.
Floor Coverings International Metairie has several wood look tile styles. Some examples include alder, nutmeg, pecan, cottonwood, beech, antique, spicebark, and ancient. Don’t see the exact style and color you’re looking for? That’s okay! Just contact Floor Coverings International Metairie so our experts can get a better idea for what you want. We proudly serve the Metairie and New Orleans areas.
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