By: Jackie Massa, Owner/Designer House to Home by Chick Lumber
One of the hottest trends in the tile industry today is the wood-grain look. Although it has been on the market for a few years now, the wood plank tile looks have continued to grow taking a firm hold of the marketplace. Tile can now be manufactured in plank looks due to advancement in the tile manufacturing industry.
Many porcelain tile products that look like wood are so realistic and mimic wood so precisely that you may have to actually touch them to tell the difference. You can find all kind of wood plank looks in tile; from traditional oak, to driftwood (very popular!) and even planks that look like an aged whiskey barrel!
Unlike wood, porcelain planks are a great option to use in wet areas including kitchens, bathrooms, basements and more. Porcelain tile will not expand and contract in areas that are prone to moisture. It’s also easier to maintain and clean than real wood.
Wood planks are being installed on all types of horizontal and vertical surfaces. You’ll find wood plank tile installed on floors in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. You’ll also find it installed on floors, walls and backsplashes in kitchens, bathrooms and showers.
Wood plank tile fits in to the current trend of larger format tiles. Traditional 12”x12” tiles have taken a back seat to sizes like 12”x24”, 8” x 48”, 36”x36”, etc. Dal-Tile even recently introduce a 24” x 48” tile. The larger formats look great and cover more square feet which in turn gives us less grout lines to clean!
Please stop by the House to Home Design Showroom in North Conway to see our vast display of wood plank tiles. We have extensive displays of these and other currently trending products… many of them installed in the House to Home showroom to give you a better perspective in helping you make the right purchasing decisions. We’d love to see you!