Tile That Looks Like Wood – The Definitive Buyers Guide

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One of the biggest new trends in home décor over the past few years is the rise of porcelain and ceramic tile that looks like wood. This kind of wood tile has always been available but has only recently found favor with global décor trendsetters, thanks in large part to vastly improved technologies that make the wood effect more realistic than ever.


realistic wood look tileLarix Collection courtesy of www.refin-ceramic-tiles.com

Added to that is the knock-on effect of the ever-increasing desirability of authentic hardwood flooring; a desire that cannot always be fulfilled, depending on your budget, sizing requirements or location, can now find some release in ceramic & porcelain wood look tile.  As Becky Harris explains on the Houzz blog:

“With reclaimed wood so on trend, buying wood tile is an alternative to searching for the perfect hundred-year-old barn wood, and tiles are available in dimensions that wood is typically not.”

Tile makers and lovers also point to the advantages of opting for wood look tile flooring, the main one being the more durable nature of tile over wood.  Susie Kurkowski from the Roomology interior design blog argues that with faux wood tiles you can

“avoid the anathema of all hardwood owners… the dreaded chips, nicks, and scratches. Anyone who has paid for hardwood and then cringed when their friends arrive for a party wearing high heels knows the dangers here.”

Is Tile That Looks Like Wood Flooring Really That Great?

Of course some of the advantages that are touted with regards to wood looking ceramic tiles are debatable, namely that it is better for underfloor radiant heating, easier to find in larger plank widths, generally cheaper and easier to clean.

Yes, ceramic tiles can be used with underfloor radiant heating, but so can certain types of real wood flooring. And whilst it’s true that wood look tile planks come in a greatly affordable range of sizes and widths, the increasing popularity for wide wood floorboards means that there are more budget ranges available in larger widths.

With regards to the cost of wood ceramic tile, anyone who claims that this tile is cheaper evidently hasn’t done their homework. For just as with real wood, how much you pay will very much depend on brand and style: from budget ranges at around $3 per square foot to exclusive ranges from upwards of $15 per square foot, there is a great deal of budget variation and plenty of choice either way (see below for our selection of top brands for all budgets). Click here to get an overview of tile and natural stone flooring prices.

And as any homeowner knows, whatever kind of floor you have it needs to be properly cleaned and maintained, so the argument that ceramic wood tile is an easy-clean solution is not so clear cut; this is particularly true in this day and age when there is a vast range of cleaning products and tools to match each specific type of flooring.

Also whether wood tile flooring over real wooden flooring is the better choice for your home will be influenced by your local climate as well as the specifics of how you use your home. Ceramic floor tiles may keep your home cooler in the summer, but it might not be so comfortable in the winter if you live in a cold climate.  Real wood flooring may have a warmer feel to it, but may be prone to termites in dry environments or to warping in damp environments.

Ultimately, choosing floor tiles that look like wood will come down to personal aesthetics.  In my opinion, even the top range wood tiles that really, really look like wood, especially from afar, are at the end of the day an imitation of the real thing.  I still personally like the aesthetic of wood look tile, and there are certain tricks you can use to make them look even more like the real thing (see below), but you’re never going to be able to replace the feel of real wood.  Having said that, there are some very interesting looks being created with this wood effect product, so if you think tile is the way forward for your home, then read on. You may also be interested in comparing porcelain vs ceramic tile before making your final choice.

Wood Look Tile Design Ideas

What is fantastic about the new craze for wood look ceramic tile is that there are now tons of different tile ranges emulating almost any kind of authentic wood.  From tiles that have a traditional hand scraped textures, to full glossy ones, to ones that have been made to look distressed – it’s all out there in tile. There are all kinds of color tones in wood grain tile and even a growing number of manufacturers making tile that mimics parquet and artistic inlay parquet perfect for those who like patterned flooring which is very popular at the moment.

The new styles of wood plank ceramic tile also mean that you can easily create a unified look in your home by laying it throughout; there’s no need to confine it to “wet” areas like kitchens and bathrooms, as it can work equally well in the living room or bedroom, and there is even exterior porcelain wood look tile to continue with the theme outdoors.

bathroom pebble

Working with tile means that you can very easily mix and match different tile sizes or types to create interest or to delineate a space, for example this bathroom above where wood look tile works beautifully alongside pebble mosaic tiles.

Some trend-setters are also promoting the idea of using wood look ceramic tiles on both the floor and an accent wall to create a dramatic look – great if you’re really looking to make a bold statement (or if you’re worried about having to wash down your walls often!).

floor and wall

For more inspiration and ideas, here is our selection and reviews of some of the best wood look tile brands – have a look on their websites for great images of just what can be achieved with wood look tile.

Wood Tile Retailers

Wayfair.com – If you’re willing to purchase floor tiles online (without necessarily seeing the tiles in the flesh, so to speak) then Wayfair.com, which offers “a zillion things home”, is a great destination to search for your ideal wood-look floor tile (often at a lower price than what you’ll find in-store). They currently have a truly extensive range of wood-look tiles to suit all budgets, from value ranges at $2-$3 per square foot, through the pricier design ranges at $9 per square foot and right up to the uber-cool money-is-no-object ranges that retail at over $25 per square foot! Covering a huge number of brands, including MS International, Florim USA, Daltile, Marca Corona and many, many more, Wayfair is a very good place to know about.

marca corona at wayfair

BuildDirect – Since its launch in 1999, BuildDirect has become one of the major online retailers for home improvement products with an extensive catalog of all kinds of flooring.  They currently have over 250 wood look ceramic or porcelain tiles in stock, including several from well-known brands such as Daltile, Salerno and MS International.  With their competitive pricing set between $1.50 and $7.50 per square foot (and with sales or clearance prices from as little as $0.85/ sq ft), there’s a good chance of getting a great deal. And with such a large collection, there are all kinds of styles and colors of wood look tile, including a particularly wide selection of on-trend gray wood look tiles. Plus, if you’re put off by the fact that it’s all online and prefer to be able to see the product before making a decision, then you’ll be pleased to know that Build Direct will send you up to 5 sample tiles for free!

South Cypress – South Cypress provides both a very affordable and diverse range of wood look tiles including rustic, modern, traditional, striated, hand scraped, and an excellent budget series at under $3 per square foot, including well known brands like Marazzi and Daltile.  I particularly love the Sandalwood series in Coconut (see below) which has lovely depth of variation in the grain adding to its “realness”! You can buy samples from the South Cypress online store for $5 per sample, and their site features a really fantastic collection of design images for inspiration – they are all so gorgeous, so good luck choosing!

south cypress sandalwood

Home Depot – A great one-stop-shop for most home décor and renovation projects, Home Depot makes it their business to keep up with all the major décor trends so you can be sure to find a very good range of wood tile flooring here. In fact the range is better than just good, with some interesting designs alongside the more classic looks. Home Depot also accommodates all budgets with products priced between $2 and $13 per square foot and top brands including Ms International, Daltile, Marazzi and Emser represented as well as their exclusive Merola Tile (see brand info below) which has those clever parquet-style wood look ceramic tiles.

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Reviews of Wood Look Tile Brands

MS International – Whilst MS International established themselves primarily as Natural Stone suppliers, they do also have an extensive range of ceramic and porcelain floor tiles that are widely available from builders’ merchants across the country. They currently offer eight wood tile collections, providing a good range of colors and design aesthetic. We particularly like The Botanica collections with its highly detailed and naturalistic planks in Cedar or Teak; the Salvage collect (pictured above) which beautifully mimics reclaimed antique wood; and the Sygma collection which faithfully renders hand-scraped hardwoods in four different colors. MS International is one of the wood look tile brands sold at both BuildDirect and Wayfair.

msi-salvage red

Florim USA – This US branch of the larger Florim Group, based in Italy, is at the forefront of technological innovation and environmentally responsible processes, offering a real breadth and depth of aesthetics in their porcelain wood tile ranges. They currently offer six wood-look tile collections, and highlights include traditional woods such as oak, cherry and walnut in their Plantation collection; rustic and weathered looking woods in the Ecowood and Forest collections; and pretty paint distressed thin width wood look planks in the Charleston collection. With a good range of colors, sizes and superior attention to detail in high-resolution graphics, Florim USA tiles are definitely worth seeking out.


Merola Tile – Available exclusively at Home Depot, this large range of cost effective wood look ceramic and porcelain tiles really has something for everyone, including bullnose edged tiles for stairs! Aside from their standard wood look plank tiles, there are also some quite impressive faux parquet and artistic parquet tiles in the range for a true statement look, for example the stunningly detailed Merola Tile Turin faux parquet tile below.

merola tile turin


Vitromex – Available at numerous retailers nationwide, the Vitromex range of wood look tiles retails in the mid-range at $6-10 per square foot.  It’s a relatively small range with only 8 different tile wood floors, but they are all very attractive.  A case of small, but beautifully formed.  In particular, the textured Madera series emulates reclaimed wood in four different color tones and wide sized planks, has a lovely grain and looks very effective.


Provenza Ceramiche – This super elegant Italian brand is now available at the more discerning tile retailers and for those looking for something that screams excellence, quality and money very well spent, then look no further. Provenza Ceramiche currently has two stunningly stylish ceramic wood tile collections, Ceppo and W-Age; a third collection, called In-Essence, has both wood look and stone effect tiles. The aesthetic here is quiet class, and this is best exemplified by the very clever W-Age collection, which presents a wood design showing the distinct cross-cut section of the sawn log. It is utterly beautiful and rather unique, and definitely desirable!


Daltile – Established in 1947, this well-known and trusted tile brand has a huge range of natural stone and ceramic tiling products that does largely deliver on their claim that – as far as tiled surfacing is concerned – they have “all bases covered”! They currently have 10 collections of ceramic tile that looks like wood offering a good selection of colors and styles, including the popular Season Wood collection which features a weathered aesthetic and wide format planks, and the more graphically linear Veranda Tone collection. With many of their wood tile flooring collections retailing for under $6 per square foot, Daltile offer a fairly affordable option and are widely available at tiling retailers across the country. Check out both Wayfair and BuildDirect for prices.


Porcelanosa  – As declared on their website Porcelanosa is a “global leader and a trend setter in the manufacture of porcelain tiles” and as such their tiles are at the higher, more exclusive end. However, with showrooms in 12 US states and plans for further expansion, their range is getting out to a wider audience and you can already get samples via their website sent to you anywhere in the US.  Their Parker series of porcelain wood look tile is currently available in 38 different color ways, ranging from traditional wood looks such as the textured chocolaty Hampton Brown to the very on-trend urban/distressed gray Amsterdam Antracita.


Marca Corona – This Italian tile brand is distributed worldwide and has an extensive wood look tile range divided into five collections: Classwood, Easywood, Oldwood, Essenze Naturali and Externo.  The Externo series is rather clever: specifically designed for outdoor use, around a pool or on a patio, as it emulates the ridged s-wooden decking you might otherwise have used.  However, unlike exterior wood decking, there’s no annual treatment as it is completely resistant to thermal shock, mould and parasites.

marca corona externo

Porcelain Wood – Super cool online wood look tile specialists – they only do wood look tile, but they do it very, very well!  With a carefully chosen collection of 10 tile ranges that cover traditional to contemporary styles, and including an exterior range (the Darwin) and a faux parquet range (the Bedgebury), Porcelain Wood have all design looks covered. They are particularly good if you’re looking for something just a little bit different, particularly the utterly desirable distressed look Rutland range “inspired by reclaimed panels from disused Spanish fishing boats”!

porcelain wood rutland

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Installation Considerations

Ceramic versus porcelain tile – Wood look tile is available as either ceramic or porcelain.  There has been a lot of confusion over these terms, not least because some manufacturers are labeling tiles incorrectly. Generally speaking, porcelain tile is more durable and more impervious to water than ceramic tile, whilst ceramic tile is easier to cut and work with.  However, the best rule of thumb is to follow the manufacturers recommendations as to where and how to install a tile.

Grout color – Most tile retailers will have a range of grouts to match the tile, and we would advise that you choose a grout color that is a close match to the darkest tones in the tile.  This is because, regardless of how fastidious you are about cleaning, over time dirt will collect in the grout and stain it. Go as dark as possible so that as it ages and darkens it won’t look too obvious.

Grout line size – Choosing the smallest possible grout line size is best to mimic the look of the tiny gap between hardwood boards, so make sure you go for a rectified ceramic tile.

Rectified – This means that the sides are all very smooth and uniform allowing you to butt each tile up as snugly as possible with the very smallest size of grout spacer.

Color variations – All ceramic tiles are coded V1, V2, V3, V4 which relates to the variation in colors of each tile batch.  Most ceramic wood look tiles are V3 or V4 meaning that there is moderate to high variation in colors.  That is to be expected since most wood look tiles are trying to mimic the variation of tones in wood grains.  However, be careful to ensure that the tiles you get are all from the same batch to ensure that the tones within the variation are the same.

Anti-slip – If you’re using tile in “wet” areas in the home than be sure to check on how slip resistant your tile is.  A coefficient of friction (COF) greater than .60 to .79 is required for commercial applications to meet or exceed ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines.

Wear and tear –  The PEI (Porcelain and Enamel Institute) rating for glazed tiles will only tell you how well a tile will resist abrasion, so a P.E.I IV has high resistance to abrasion and is suitable for heavy-duty residential and commercial kitchens, whilst a PEI I or II cannot be walked on and so are best for walls!

Is it just a fad? – Beauty is all in the eye of the beholder and there will always be those who just simply prefer real hardwood flooring to hardwood tile, no matter how closely it mimics the real thing.  Any investment into your home flooring needs to be carefully considered in terms of its long lasting durability and appeal. If you are concerned that the current trend for this type of tile will be short lived then opting for a more traditional wood looking tile rather than the on-trend ones will be a safer bet. Click here to learn about wood flooring trends.

More Great Articles and Sites

  • Tiger Mountain Tile – Things to consider before a DIY installation of wood look plank tiles.
  • Grand Design Co – Read why you might want to consider getting an installation quote before tackling the job yourself.

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69 thoughts on “Tile That Looks Like Wood – The Definitive Buyers Guide

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Interesting post! You provide more information about different kinds floor tiles. Thanks….nice sharing.

    • May 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

      You’re welcome Emma, keep coming back!

  • June 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm


      • July 27, 2015 at 6:54 am

        What type of grout do I use with wood look porcelain tile for a bath area. My tile contractor is planning on using a 1/8 grout line. Sanded or non sanded grout?

        • August 17, 2015 at 9:46 am

          Hi Linda, I would go with sanded.

        • January 22, 2016 at 11:52 am

          It is highly recommended that with such a small grout line, that you use a NON sanded grout. Be sure to seal with at least two coats of grout sealer if you are tiling a floor and reseal periodically.

  • June 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Where can you buy wood look tiles from in brisbane qld australia as I need child and pet friendly but looks good too!

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Hi Elaine,

      Sadly Brisbane is a bit out of my area and I wouldn’t know where to start…however I would suggest starting with a search on google.com.au

      Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  • August 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Can this be used on stairs?

    • August 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Bob, thank you for the question. Yes, absolutely tile that looks like wood is still just tile, so it can be used on a staircase. Although installation is a bit more exacting than installing a wood staircase. Certainly a tricky diy project.

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Its really useful.

    • September 18, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Thank you for your kind feedback Philip…keep coming back!

  • September 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    We are choosing flooring for a home in the Lake Tahoe area, where temps get into the teens during the winter. Does anyone have any idea of the difference tile will make if we install it everywhere with area rugs…instead of wood or carpet? Thanks!!

  • October 25, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Which is the better size to go with on the porcelain tile? 6×36 or 9×36?

    • October 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Dan, that’s a purely aesthetic choice. Go with the porcelain wood tile size that you like the look of. I guess you could argue that the smaller size means more tiles and therefore more work, but it’s not going to make that much of a difference in a domestic setting. Just go with the one you like best.

      For more on choosing the right tile sizes or shapes take a look at this post http://www.homeflooringpros.com/blog-guides/tile-sizes-shapes/

  • October 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    We just purchased a brand new home and can’t wait to remove the carpet on the top floor. Can this tile be used on the second floor?

    • November 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Hi Liza, thanks for the question. There’s nothing specifically unique about tiles that look like wood compared to any other type of tile (other than the way they look). As long as the sub floor upstairs is in a fit state to lay tile on then you’re good to go with this kind of tile too.

  • November 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I have a question about transitions. I want to use this on the top and bottom floors, but do a traditions wood grain staircase. How do i get the 2 to joined seamlessly, especially at the top stair or the landing??
    Very nice post though!

    • November 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Hi Shane, thank you for the comment. That is a very specific question and way above my pay grade! 🙂 But seriously…this is not my area of expertise but I do know that there is a molding out there for every transition! Is this a DIY project? If the staircase is being installed for you the they are the guys who can advise about the transition, but basically you’re going to choose the best molding and stain it either to the stair color or the tile color.

      For the most seamless look I’m guessing you might use some kind of ‘overlap stair nose’

      I hope that helps a bit.

  • November 14, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Hi, do I need to put wonderboard down first? We are replacing the carpet on the first floor of our new house and I have seen that wonderboard needs to be used. Thanks

    • November 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Hi Serri, thanks for the question. You will need to prepare the subfloor so that it is absolutely flat and isn’t going to move, so yes, some kind of tile substrate like Wonderboard will be necessary. Of course Wonderboard is a brand, so it’s not the only product of its kind that you could use.

  • November 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I have been looking for wood-look floor tiles for over a year. I want to tile my entire home except for the bathrooms and the kitchen. I am looking for a realistic-looking, warm brown shade (not too light, not too dark) with a wide variation in graining, but not alot of shading. I do not like tiles that (to me) look really busy. I do not want the floors to be the focal point of the room, but just a warm, inviting platform on which to place my furniture. Actually, I like the tile shown at the top of this page (the picture includes staircases). Could you tell me who makes this tile as well as the name of the style and the color? I have spent a good amount of time in tile stores and much, much more time online, but have been unable to come up with anything that I could consider buying. In the few instances where I have seen a tile that I like, it has been impossible for me to find out who manufacturers it or the name of the tile.

    • November 20, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Hi Sharon, thank you for your comment and I’m sorry to hear that your search has been frustrating. Personally I like to search for stuff on houzz or pinterest because you so often have links to the original images or, in the case of houzz, the contributors will often mention where stuff is from. The tile you like the look of can be found here https://www.refin-ceramic-tiles.com/series/larix/ but I’ve seen lots of similar wood tile by searching for “tile that looks like wood” on pinterest. I hope that helps.

      And what about this wood tile from Build Direct?

  • November 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    We just had cermaic wood like tile put in all our bed rooms. It looks great, but we are having proplems with cleaning it. We purchased Bona and other tile cleaners. We have a dog that drools when he sleeps, even if we wipe it up before it dries it leaves a spot that will not come up. We have tried to clean it with several advertised tile cleaners, but when they dry the spot is still there. We also have problems cleaning spots that are tracked in on wet or muddy shoes. Is there a product you have to use to get these kind of spots up before you clean with the usual clean and shine products? Help! Our beautiful floors are full of ugly spots!

    • November 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Donna, sorry to hear about your problem… If normal cleaners aren’t doing the job I would advise you to contact the tile manufacturer direct and see what they advise. I would be loathed to advise use of a more toxic cleaner in case that caused more problems.

      • December 1, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Hey Jamie, Thanks for your reply. Just wanted to let you know, I finally figured it out! I was using the spray bottle of Bona which was not putting a thick enough coat on. I poured it straight from the bottle and mopped it in leaving it really wet, and the spots came up! Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

        • December 2, 2014 at 3:31 am

          That’s good to hear Donna. I did wonder what kind of tile couldn’t take a bit of dog drool! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • December 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Great article. I’m going to install 6×24 wood look plank tile in my family room and living room. The trouble I’m having is finding out where to start. Do i start in the middle like i would using square tile or do i start in the corner along the longest wall? The front door also enters the room, in the corner adjacent to the longest wall. The room is basically rectangle..29 feet by 18 feet. Help!

  • January 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Have wood-grain tiles been used as a tkub or shower surround in a bathroom? I’m building a vacation home using reclaimed wood for the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities and am considering a compatible wood-grain tile for the surrounds in the bath/shower areas.

    • January 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Absolutely Eugene! They’re perfect for areas where laying real hardwood would be problematic.

  • January 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, nice article! We just purchased some wood tiles for our house, it seems of very high quality (thick with rather sharp edges). I wonder if we can install them without grouting at all, as we feel grouting will not look right with this tile. Do we need to grout or is it ok to skip grouting?


    • January 9, 2015 at 2:38 am

      Hi Roger, my feeling is that tiles are tiles and need grouting. Many people even fill up the gaps of real hardwood floors so it certainly feels wrong not to do it on tile. Were you thinking of laying them so that they had gaps like wood floor boards?

  • January 9, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I am have 8″X39″ tiles, for a small Jack and Jill bathroom, with a floor area of 53″ X 79″. Is there a general “rule of thumb” of the size planks to use based for the room size? On one side of the room there is a 29″W x 22″D vanity, next to a small toilet; the opposite side has a small 36″ X 36″ in shower. Will cutting the planks in half perhaps look better for the such a small room? Thanks much!!

    • January 9, 2015 at 2:36 am

      Hi Terry, as far as I’m aware there is no rule of thumb on this, it just comes down to what you think looks good. I can understand why you might be concerned about such big tiles i such a small place, if you don’t think its going to work then I would suggest exchanging them for something smaller rather than cutting them in half. You can of course cut tiles in half but he cut edges will be very different from the natural edges.

  • January 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Hello-just saw this tile recently at Lowe’s and loved it. They sell brand name Serclo or serlo- something like that in a mahogany colony I really like best. Was wanting just plain white tile for sunroom & 2 bathrooms till I saw this. Since then, I have looked for tile outlets & warehouses that sell this tile at discounted prices & also close enough where we can drive and pick it out ourselves. I am not sure I trust tiles to be picked out & shipped to me. I want to make sure they are pretty uniform in color and defect free. How does this brand rate, and is there anywhere close to central Ga- tennessee, Fla, North Carolina, that has an outlet or warehouse that we can go to & see it? If this is not a good brand, then perhaps you can recommend a better one that is not too expensive. Thank you

    • January 13, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Hi Debra, from looking on their site it looks like Style Selections Serso is the name of the collection rather than the brand so I’m assuming that this is a tile collection exclusive to Lowe’s. I can’t speak to the quality…is there not a Lowe’s within striking distance?

  • January 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks for the informative article! We have everything in our master bathroom prepared to lay our “wood” tiles, but are now hesitant on how to lay out the tiles so they will look like a real wood floor. Our tiles are 7″ x 20″… any advice? Thanks!

  • February 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Want to do wood look tile in kitchen/ entrance and hallway, laundry room. Should you go with different shade from cabinets. Cabinets are the usual oak colot. Thinking of doing a gray tone floor then do a quartz counter with browns, Greys and some black.

    • February 9, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Hi Joan,

      Yes, I think you should go with a different shade of flooring from the cabinets and your proposal sounds great! Good luck.

  • February 16, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I have an open concept living and kitchen in a new construction. Trying to decide on wood throughout with tiled entries or wood look tile in the kitchen side and dark rustic oak in the living room side. Would you think seeing them together would make the tile look ridiculous? I also debated on using a similar colored wood look tile just for entry points instead of traditional tile there. Room size total is 36x 22. My builder was afraid to put the tile in the entire space due to flexing of the floor joists s the basement under is also open concept.

    • February 16, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Hi Kari, good questions. I don’t necessarily think it would be ridiculous, but obviously if you put wood look tile next to really wood you’re going to draw attention to the difference between the two. So it will only work if you like the look of wood tile for what it is rather than for what its imitating, if that makes sense.

      I think what is more important is whether the two look complement each other…even if you had one type of real wood in the living area and a different real wood in the kitchen you would need to make sure they complimented one another.

  • February 23, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Thank you for the great article. The photo at the very top of the article, of a floor with stairs – is that a porcelain tile? Would you happen to know the manufacturer and name? I would love to know where to find it. Thanks!

    • February 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Hi Doug, thank you for the kind words. It is indeed a porcelain wood tile and you can see more about the product and the company here – http://www.refin-ceramic-tiles.com

  • March 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Please tell me the pros and cons of installing wood look tiles on a radiant heated concrete floor and is porcilan better than ceramic?

    • March 19, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Hi Cindy,

      Not much to say here, wood tile is like other tile and the same rules apply. Porcelain is stronger and tougher than ceramic…and more expensive!

  • May 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I am thinking about using a wood look tile on my outdoor elevated deck. The substructure will be wood but am curious as to what brand or additional considerations I should have in this kind of application. The house is on Vancouver Island so we do get a few freezing days a year.

  • June 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Why are some more expensive than others. Is it a quality thing or a looks thing or a brand thing. I am just wondering if I find one I like that is less expensive do I need to worry about the quality.

    • June 24, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Hi Ronald…it’s all of those things. Some products are more “designer” than others or are made abroad and so have higher costs. And yes some might be structurally superior than others. Our view is to be wary of very cheap products…beyond that choose the tile that you like within the budget you can afford.

  • July 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hello, I am getting set to lay a wood-look porcelain tile floor. My question is regarding laying it out. My first thought was to start along a wall. I’ve seen a video or 2 where they start about 3′ from the wall. I know with 1’x1′ you want to start in the middle. My tiles are 6″x24″. What is your recommendation on where to lay the first tile and how to lay it out so it is straight?

  • July 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    we are remodeling our family room and putting radiant heating down but it is right off the patio where we have an inground pool and you will have to enter the back door where the pool is located in order to use the powder room . My question is: is porcelain tile the best way to go ? There will be some water dragged in and it can’t be slippery since people will be wet when they enter . I still want the look of wood floors though !

    • July 20, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Hi Alma, good question. Most surfaces, tile, laminate, even wood will be slippery when wet, so really it’s about dealing with the slippery water. If you choose a textured tile then it will be less slippery then a completely smooth one and after that make some house rules. I mean how many bathrooms are there out there with tiled floors? Yes, they can get slippery but we just have to take care.

      So I would look for a wood look tile with a rough, non-slip surface and then I would look at ways to minimize further problems at the back door…an area rug? Towels by the door and a house rule of drying off before coming in the house? No running when wet? A sign saying “Careful slippery floors!”

  • August 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Jamie, we live on a 3rd floor on a beach house, currently we have carpet in all the rooms, the problem is when our kids come from the beach we have to deal with sand; we where tinking of putting wood floors in the whole house but then we discovered porcelain tiles that look like wood, my question is, this kind of tiles reduce the noise for people who live on 2 floor? ( foot steps) Or will be the same as se wood floors. Thank you for the info.

    • August 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Hi Debora, sorry for the delay, just back from vacation…Tile upstairs, installed correctly with the righ underlay should be less noise than wood because it will be solid from top to bottom

  • August 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Jamie,

    I love your article, it has so much helpful information, so thank you. I really like the tiles used in the photo under the Wayfair.com paragraph, do you know where i can find it? Thanks again!

  • September 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for all of the helpful information! We just had the Cerdomus Tahoe line, Tahoe Barrell color installed in our kitchen. We love the flooring but wish we went just a bit darker on the grout. We chose a dark color but it lightened when dried (or perhaps from the installer’s sealer? My question is how can we darken this grout? Is there a product or a method or should I try a cleaning product on the grout to see if that is what lightened it?

  • December 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, I bought wood like tile but, it does not have a shine. Although I do not want it to shine like stars in the sky I would like for it not to look dull. I have a picture but, cannot load it here. What can I use to gloss it up as well as seal it?

    • December 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Sorry forgot to add as well as making the grout darker. My tile is smoke color and used grey grout and it looks lighter that the tile.

      Thank you

  • January 18, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    We are in the market for some tile flooring for our basement. We currently have stained concrete and would like to put down a wood-look tile. My husband exercises down there and the floor does have some scuffs on it so I am concerned that the tile will get messed up. Is there a painted finish on the tile that would get chipped away when exercising? Is there a more durable option? Thank you in advance!

  • January 25, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I am currently in the market to rip of carpet in my ground floor and have either hardwood or wood like tile installed. Would like to know how wood like tile will perform in climate like dallas,Tx metroplex. Will the tiles be too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter ?

  • January 31, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I am wanting to use these wood tiles on a wall around a bathtub. The tile does not go all the way to the ceiling. It is a garden tub and the wall tiles only go about 2 feet above the edges of the tub. Do they make bullnosed tiles in matching colors to use around the edges? Thanks

  • February 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Concerned about white under wood top and scratches too. Is there wood look porcelain tile with brown or dark tile underneath?

  • July 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    hi i am planning to build a new house and trying to explore the wood look tile in entry and great room in brown color. my question is how would it look if i keep the dining and kitchen with cream tile and i have a open plan house. please help me decide this . should i use little more money to make same tile entire house.

  • August 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Great article. I’ve been wanting to tear out the carpet in the family room (28yrs/3 dogs/4 boys, etc). I have a fireplace with fieldstone (grayish/glittery) and med-dark oak bookcases. Just trying to decide if darker would be better. Others suggested lighter, almost grayish. Also, have you heard of butting the tiles together and NOT using spacers? Guy suggested just dropping lines every 2-3 rows and eyeballing the distance. Thanks!

    • August 19, 2016 at 5:36 am

      Hi Carol, Thanks for the comment. Without seeing the rest of your family room it’s hard to make a judgement about which floor color tone you should go for. Maybe this article will help: http://www.homeflooringpros.com/blog-guides/compare-hardwood-floor-colors-2014/

      Although this kind of tile is made to mimic the look of wood it is still tile and therefore my personal preference is to lay it like tile with grouted spaces…but that’s just me!

  • April 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Can you use ceramic or porcelain tiles in an outdoor (screened porch) setting? Zone 5 so of course many freezing days.

  • May 26, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Hi! Our engineered wood floor was damaged by a flood. The insurance company is replacing it all, but I would love to switch to wood look tile (I love the reclaimed wood look.) Is it more expensive in price and installation?


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