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Plank Sized Wood Look Tile Flooring

September 5, 2012

SEVERAL PLANK SIZES TO FIT YOUR DESIGN NEEDS

While nothing out there quite matches the natural warmth of authentic, traditional hardwood, ceramic tile is catching up very quickly.  Porcelain tile that looks like wood is perhaps the fastest growing aesthetic among designers and homeowners, thanks in large part to high definition imaging technology and tile’s proven durability.  Technology has become so advanced that in some collections you will have to feel the tiles with your bare hands to tell the difference from actual hardwood.  With that in mind, many ceramic and porcelain tile manufacturers across the globe have increased their output of wood-look tile; several collections in their repertoire come with striated surfaces to give the tile a texture that closely resembles actual hardwood.

Traditionally, ceramic and porcelain tile have come in symmetric square sizes, although this is changing due to the introduction of wood-look designs.  To accurately represent hardwood, manufacturers have introduced varying plank sizes that are consistent with the dimensions of authentic hardwood planks.  The Eleganza Wood Acacia collection is available in planks as long as 40”.  The Wood Patina collection is another beautiful  even offers planks that go up to 48” in length, proving the trend of consumers to seek out longer plank lengths for a remarkably realistic appearance.  Mohawk Stage Point is available in 3”x24” ceramic tile planks, replicating the vintage hardwood strip look with extreme precision.

Overall, the trend in ceramic tile that looks like wood planks has been leaning toward longer planks, but there are many designers who still prefer the unique aesthetics that symmetrical square tiles can bring to the wood-look genre.  Surfaces that replicate natural wood grains and striations can be placed in nearly any direction for a vast selection of design permutations.  Quarter turn installations of square wood-look tile can bring a remarkably unique, textured appearance to any room.  An ashlar pattern, in contrast, exhibits a flowing look to your floor, with the wood-look tiles gently cascading throughout rooms with large, open floor plans.  Interceramic Tile offers its Alma Natura collection in oversized, monolithic 20”x20” tiles that project the beautiful imagery of hardwood with unconventional style.  Crossville Wood Impressions also offers symmetrical square tiles in 6”x6” dimensions; the smaller tile sizes can add stunning layered visuals and increase spatial depth throughout your living space.

A surge of demand has also been seen in rectified—or dimensionally stable—tiles.  While most ceramic and porcelain tiles are cut before they are fired in a kiln, rectified tiles are cut after they have been fired, allowing for closer dimensional congruence between tiles.  This, in turn, permits narrower grout lines with these products that further enhance the realistic appearance of wood-look tile.  Most wood-look tile lines, in fact, are rectified to achieve this design aesthetic.  The Old Lisbon and Wood collections from Kertiles are rectified wood-look tiles that closely match authentic hardwood in appearance thanks to their ability to be installed with narrow grout lines.  Although nothing narrower than 1/16” grout lines are recommended for any application by the Ceramic Tile Institute of America, highly skilled installers can go as narrow as 1/32” without any problems.  When it comes to wood-look tile, narrower grout joints will give more realism to your floor.  To achieve this look properly, we recommend using professional installers, as even 1/16” grout joints are extremely difficult to install in do-it-yourself projects.  The last thing you want is a botched ceramic tile installation.  Selecting the proper color for your grout is also essential; using black grout in wood-look tiles with an ashen birch color will severely take away from the authentic hardwood appearance.

Given the vast, varied selection of wood-look ceramic tile available on the market, whichever you choose will certainly bring elements of elegance, sophistication, and style to your home while simultaneously providing the warm, inviting comfort of traditional hardwood.  For more information, view our website or feel free to call us at 866-705-1340.

Plank Sized Wood Look Tile Flooring

September 5, 2012

SEVERAL PLANK SIZES TO FIT YOUR DESIGN NEEDS

While nothing out there quite matches the natural warmth of authentic, traditional hardwood, ceramic tile is catching up very quickly.  Porcelain tile that looks like wood is perhaps the fastest growing aesthetic among designers and homeowners, thanks in large part to high definition imaging technology and tile’s proven durability.  Technology has become so advanced that in some collections you will have to feel the tiles with your bare hands to tell the difference from actual hardwood.  With that in mind, many ceramic and porcelain tile manufacturers across the globe have increased their output of wood-look tile; several collections in their repertoire come with striated surfaces to give the tile a texture that closely resembles actual hardwood.

Traditionally, ceramic and porcelain tile have come in symmetric square sizes, although this is changing due to the introduction of wood-look designs.  To accurately represent hardwood, manufacturers have introduced varying plank sizes that are consistent with the dimensions of authentic hardwood planks.  The Eleganza Wood Acacia collection is available in planks as long as 40”.  The Wood Patina collection is another beautiful  even offers planks that go up to 48” in length, proving the trend of consumers to seek out longer plank lengths for a remarkably realistic appearance.  Mohawk Stage Point is available in 3”x24” ceramic tile planks, replicating the vintage hardwood strip look with extreme precision.

Overall, the trend in ceramic tile that looks like wood planks has been leaning toward longer planks, but there are many designers who still prefer the unique aesthetics that symmetrical square tiles can bring to the wood-look genre.  Surfaces that replicate natural wood grains and striations can be placed in nearly any direction for a vast selection of design permutations.  Quarter turn installations of square wood-look tile can bring a remarkably unique, textured appearance to any room.  An ashlar pattern, in contrast, exhibits a flowing look to your floor, with the wood-look tiles gently cascading throughout rooms with large, open floor plans.  Interceramic Tile offers its Alma Natura collection in oversized, monolithic 20”x20” tiles that project the beautiful imagery of hardwood with unconventional style.  Crossville Wood Impressions also offers symmetrical square tiles in 6”x6” dimensions; the smaller tile sizes can add stunning layered visuals and increase spatial depth throughout your living space.

A surge of demand has also been seen in rectified—or dimensionally stable—tiles.  While most ceramic and porcelain tiles are cut before they are fired in a kiln, rectified tiles are cut after they have been fired, allowing for closer dimensional congruence between tiles.  This, in turn, permits narrower grout lines with these products that further enhance the realistic appearance of wood-look tile.  Most wood-look tile lines, in fact, are rectified to achieve this design aesthetic.  The Old Lisbon and Wood collections from Kertiles are rectified wood-look tiles that closely match authentic hardwood in appearance thanks to their ability to be installed with narrow grout lines.  Although nothing narrower than 1/16” grout lines are recommended for any application by the Ceramic Tile Institute of America, highly skilled installers can go as narrow as 1/32” without any problems.  When it comes to wood-look tile, narrower grout joints will give more realism to your floor.  To achieve this look properly, we recommend using professional installers, as even 1/16” grout joints are extremely difficult to install in do-it-yourself projects.  The last thing you want is a botched ceramic tile installation.  Selecting the proper color for your grout is also essential; using black grout in wood-look tiles with an ashen birch color will severely take away from the authentic hardwood appearance.

Given the vast, varied selection of wood-look ceramic tile available on the market, whichever you choose will certainly bring elements of elegance, sophistication, and style to your home while simultaneously providing the warm, inviting comfort of traditional hardwood.  For more information, view our website or feel free to call us at 866-705-1340.


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