Let me be plain and simple, I know you’re bent on finding a better alternative to traditional hardwood (well if you aren’t then I assume you’re satisfied with traditional hardwood flooring). You have to understand that wood-look tile is almost the best alternative when you wouldn’t want to get burnt looking for convenience and price.
Yet you can't deny the fact that it's a tough decision to make, should you go for wood-look tile flooring. After all, flooring is the bedrock of a home's holistic design. Which is why it's time-consuming and costly to change. This is why you wouldn't want to try and err but to get it in your first try. Isn’t this what you want?
Welcome to the truth about wood-look tile flooring, you would get the information in bits, starting from the pricing (isn’t this a major factor in our purchases), pros vs cons, and installation costs (this can’t be left out). Don’t worry you’re not alone. We are here to help you.
Pricing Guide for Wood-Look Tiles
As with any commodity on the market, the price of wood-look tiles is not any different, it fluctuates based on type, quality, and its stoutness. But with porcelain tiles of high-quality cost at an average of $6 - $12 for every square foot, while for custom-made porcelain cost even higher, from $20 for every square foot
For ceramic tiles, these type range from $3 – $9 for every square foot, this is the height it doesn't go lower than this, no wood-look tile does. You also need to know that ceramic tiles are of low quality and keen looking.
But you may be asking isn't there any exceptions to these prices? Well yes, it's a manufacturer closeout. At certain periods in a year, heavy discounts, amazing deals are unleashed for those hunting for quality flooring but are on a tight budget. (Personally, it's a marketing strategy to lure in more customers, well it's healthy for the company so no hard feelings). This also happens when both the retail dealers and manufacturers stop producing a line of tile, so they create an opportunity for creating newer styles, so heavy discounts are given to clear the stock. If you spot any of these deals, grab it!
If you decide to go to the market for wood-grain tile, and you want a personal experience where you can feel and touch the wood-look tile, then you can drive to your local home-improvement store.
N.B: if you already have a choice in mind then, by all means, do your shopping online, but if you haven't chosen any yet, I recommend you go out and see because pictures are not a good indication for texture and tone.
If you want to go for a popular brand be prepared for the options out there, so choose wisely. Also when buying always ensure you buy an additional 10 – 20% more, it’s better to have extra than less when installing the flooring (those extra tiles that you have can be kept for replacements later when you would need it).
N.B: Don’t forget to account for the cost of grout when budgeting for your purchase
Now we've got the pricing guide off our minds, let’s briefly look at the pros vs cons you should expect.
Major Wood-Look Tile Pros
The following are what we consider big benefits of using wood-look tile over the traditional hardwood flooring.
Here's one reason wood-tile is better than hardwood flooring; not until recently it didn't come close to delivering the warmth, hardwood flooring gives you, but thanks to technology advancement, it's now easier to achieve the warmth and the aesthetic look without breaking your bank
This is one of the obvious advantages you get when using wood-look tile, the fact is tile is one of the most durable flooring materials out there, your part would be to take care of it and it will indeed serve you for up to 20 years, at least you won’t have to suffer the perils of using hardwood (one of them being the DIFFICULTY to maintain)
Major Wood-Look Tile Cons
To be honest it can get really cold if you stay in a cooler climate as it could seem like cold blocks stinking your foot in the early morning. Fortunately, there are ways to fix this if you love the look of the tile but despise the cold. Since it won’t be costly to use, you can also easily spend some money on radiant underfloor heating.
• Installation can be frightening unless you’re an expert
Installing wood-look tile can be a difficult task especially if your weekends are always exciting. To successfully install the tile, you would need a trained eye to spot cracks or anomalies in the subfloor.
Then using a steeped subfloor can become home for bacteria and mold, and finally, it can be a puzzling experience laying the tile, you would need to blend tones and patterns to achieve an appealing and realistic design. All these require an enormous amount of patience.
N.B: If you don't have the patience of a saint, then I recommend you allow professional care of the installation process for you
Did you enjoy reading this post? Was it helpful to you?
Wood-look tile can be an exciting flooring alternative, especially if you have children or keep pets. Even though it has its drawbacks, but the benefits outweigh them.
In summary, always make sure whatever flooring you choose suits your needs and style.
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