Why wood-look porcelain tiles are a stylish, practical alternative to real timber.
Thanks to advances in technology, porcelain can now be coated with a pattern that convincingly replicates the look and feel of natural wood. So why go for wood-effect flooring or panelling, rather than the real thing? Firstly, porcelain tiles are a more sustainable choice than timber as no trees are felled to make them. Porcelain is also robust, non-porous, frostproof, colour- fast and compatible with underfloor heating. It won’t dent or scratch in the way that timber does, and is virtually maintenance – free. Convinced? Here are three ways to use the tiles at home.
Wood-effect tiles are a practical option for walls and floors as they’re easy to clean and don’t require sanding or oiling.
Porcelain is built to withstand wet and humid conditions, so you can create the illusion of a timber-clad shower wall or kitchen splashback safe in the knowledge that the surface will not warp or rot.
Ensure a seamless transition from house to garden by laying porcelain ‘decking’ outside. The ‘Hi-Tech’ tiles by Italian brand Ariostea have a special frostproof outdoor finish, meaning they can withstand exposure to the elements.