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Tile that Looks Like Wood

By Kirsten Kapsin, (215 words) Posted in Tile Flooring on February 26, 2009
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Hardwood flooring can be very expensive. Too expensive for many homeowners. Even laminate floors, which can be made to look just like a variety of hardwood floor types, can come with an outrageous price tag. It's time to get serious. It's time to get tile floors that look just like hardwood.

You heard right. Tile that looks like wood is now being manufactured for the more cost-effective floor shopper. Not only do these tiles look very similar to authentic hardwood, they're suitable for installation in areas where hardwood is not (e.g. kitchens; bathrooms; basement). Now you can have the look of wood in these rooms without having to worry about water damage. Tile that looks like wood can also be mopped as often as needed, unlike hardwood which can only be damp mopped with a hardwood cleaning solution.

Ceramic tile is one of the denser tile types on the market and can be made to look just like wood. Some hardwoods you can choose include Sherwood, chestnut, oak, maple and cherry. Another tile floor type that can be made to look like wood is vinyl. Vinyl floor tiles are naturally resilient too, giving them the feel of an authentic hardwood floor. Like ceramic tile, vinyl floor tiles are water resistant, cost-effective and durable.


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Comments (26)

Samantha posted on: March 26, 2009

I just saw something called Konecto Vinyl plank flooring and it looks like hardwood. But that is vinyl flooring, not tile right? They also had a product called Konecto vinly tile but that looks like tile and/or stone. I think I'm confused with the whole vinyl and tile thing.

hardwood pro posted on: April 2, 2009

To clear the confusion, you can get Konecto that looks like hardwood or ceramic tile, they are both actually vinyl though.

Jimmy posted on: May 20, 2009

Samantha listen to the pro. Konecto is vinyl but it imitates hardwood, stone, and tile. It's a great product and so durable. It's a great floor for pets as well...

Pam posted on: September 8, 2009

So far, all the wood-look tiles I have found (with one exception) have been far more expensive than any wood or laminate I have looked at. That is without even adding the cost of the backer-board, grout and sealer, which usually add up to enough that even inexpensive tile becomes more expensive than most wood floors. Then consider professional installation costs which runs more than installation of tile. How is this more cost effective than wood floors???

Wood Tile Pro posted on: September 9, 2009


I think the author of this blog was talking about a couple of things. First, there is hardwood out there that is far more expensive then this wood imitation tiles. Sure, there is hardwood that is less, but quality hardwood flooring will normally be higher. Second and more importantly, the upkeep of hardwood can be far more expensive.

I prefer hardwood over tile and therefore have that in my house, but I have installed a lot of tile and believe that in the end of its lifecycle it would have been less expensive to have than hardwood flooring. Again, just an opinion.

Dawn posted on: September 17, 2009

We have tile that looks like hardwood floors throughout our home. Its' absolutely gorgeous!!! No one believes it tile when we tell them. The upkeep is fabulous..don't have to be afraid of scratching or getting it wet. My husband is a tilesetter, so we saved on the install. It has improved our the look in our home immensely. I do it all over again!!

Debbie Fratini posted on: October 4, 2009

Dawn - Please please tell me the brand name/type of tile that looks like hardwood flooring that your husband installed. I am anxious to have this in many spaces in our home as we have three dogs and laminate isn't cutting it. Thanks.


Kim posted on: February 15, 2010

Dawn I would like to know the brand name/type of tile also. Please share!

Jen posted on: February 16, 2010

I have been looking at Ann Sacks Tile - Xylem, it is 8.5 x 35.5, and Dal Tiles Timberglen, it is 24 inches long and comes in a few widths. I am wondering if there are any advantages to the different lengths. I think the 36 length will have more of a real wood look.

Bryant posted on: July 14, 2010

I am in the process of having Wood like tile installed. I have 10sqft of tile laid out (without grout and etc..) to see what it looks like and it looks AMAZING!! The tile that I have found is $3.79/sqft at the time of posting this which is much cheaper than most wood tile that I have found but looks just as good as the higher end models. Its called "Exotica porcelain tile" and only comes in 6"x24".

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