Combining the benefits of both hardwood flooring and ceramic tile, “wood” ceramic floor tiles are a new trend that homeowners and renovators may want to consider. Wood ceramic floor tiles have the appearance of wood planks and can be styled to mimic many different types of wood. Though they can be expensive, they are also extremely durable and will be a worry-free surface in your Boca Raton home.
The Advantages of Wood Ceramic Floor Tiles
Hardwood floors are sometimes considered to be difficult to maintain. They do need to be polished, waxed, and otherwise cared for, and they may need to be refinished if they are damaged. Some types of hardwood may be more fragile than others, but all are susceptible to damage over time. Wood tiles don’t have these issues. They look like wood, but are not prone to the same wear and tear.
Wood tiles are particularly useful in high traffic areas, homes with children, and homes that have pets. Because they are naturally water resistant, ceramic floor tiles are also good in areas of high humidity. They can be used in areas that traditionally are relegated to tile, such as kitchens and bathrooms. They can also provide an unbroken flooring pattern between kitchens and living rooms in open concept designs, making the entire property look wider and more open.
The Disadvantages of Wood Ceramic Floor Tiles
Wood tiles can be more expensive than hardwood, though this does depend on the type of wood. Expensive exotic woods can be replicated in ceramic and cost less than the real thing. At the same time, cheaper woods such as maple or bamboo may be less than the ceramic floor tiles mimicking this species. Ceramic floor tiles also do require grout lines, which can be considered unattractive to some homeowners. Thin grout lines can be used to offset the impact that this has.
Because wood tiles are long lengthwise, they suffer from many of the same issues of other large format tiles. They can be more difficult to install and they will require a very smooth surface. This does mean that wood tiles can cost more to install than hardwood. However, the cost of installation may be offset by the lower total cost of ownership.
Though wood ceramic tiles aren’t ideal for every installation, there is a reason that they are trending in upper end homes in the Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach areas. Wood tiles offer the durability of ceramic with the appearance of natural wood. Where the budget allows for this option, it can be an excellent addition. If you are interested in learning more, reach out to our team at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton for a free in-home design consultation.