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The Ongoing Popularity of Woodgrain Porcelain

Timber-look porcelain tiles have been steadily increasing in popularity for over a decade now. Despite the emergence of SPC flooring and the steady demand for laminate and vinyl wood-effect products as cost-effective alternatives, porcelain remains popular as a low-maintenance and durable alternative to natural wood.

There are many benefits for choosing porcelain timber-look tiles over natural wood and alternate flooring options, but primarily, if designers and homeowners want reliable, fuss-free flooring, porcelain is the way to go. Of the many outstanding characteristics of porcelain tile products, it is their durability and imperviousness to water that have greatest appeal. For those seeking wood-effect flooring throughout all areas of the home, including bathrooms and laundries, porcelain is the ideal solution. They can even be laid inside showers and installed on both floors and walls.

Other key features of porcelain flooring include: it’s very resistant to scratching and abrasion, it will not wear, or ever need sanding or re-sealing, it is waterproof, fade-proof, and resistant to staining. Due to its thermal mass and effectiveness at conducting heat, it is cool in summer and retains heat in winter when heated either by the sun or underfloor heating. It has very low maintenance requirements, generally requiring regular vacuuming and mopping.

The main 'negatives' with porcelain is the initial higher price point as a flooring option and it is possible to chip the tiles if something heavy is dropped upon them. As long as the homeowner keeps a few spare tiles, as is encouraged by all tile retailers, then remedying a chipped tile is not insurmountable, with the single tile usually being removed and replaced without adversely affecting the rest of the floor.

Timber-look tiles can be incredibly realistic due to very high-resolution printing technologies and replication of natural grains and textures. They also can be manufactured in formats and designs not easily recreated with natural wood or other replica flooring options. If installed and maintained correctly, porcelain timber-effect tiles could last as long as 50 years or more.

The Tile Depot currently has over 31 stocked timber effect tiles, from incredibly realistic timber-look planks, to chevron formats and even parquet flooring effect inlays. If clients want a wood-effect floor that will virtually last a lifetime, then paying more for woodgrain porcelain initially, will pay dividends in the long run.

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