Wood-effect porcelain tiles can be installed in exactly the same way as any tiled floor. The substrate must be level and dust-free, with no visible cracks, before the tiles are adhered to the surface or fitted as a floating system. To emulate a realistic wood floor, lay the tiles in either a herringbone, chevron or plank formation. Unlike timber, they don\’t need to be sealed. You\’ll find shades that are true to every type of wood from beech to wenge, with textured grains and knots that reflect the natural imperfections of the real thing. There\’s also a host of surface finishes to choose from, such as weathered, painted or stained. To ensure authenticity, choose a tile that has texture, to mimic not just the look but also the feel of wood underfoot.