Porcelain Tile That Looks Like Wood, Can You See the Difference?

Today flooring choices have expanded with so many different options that can fit in anyone’s style and budget. One option that’s been getting a lot of attention is porcelain tile, especially wood plank porcelain. Because of high quality printing, embossing and strong durability, it’s hard to tell the difference between genuine hardwood and wood look porcelain tile by simply looking at them.

Don’t get us wrong, hardwood is still one of the most desired flooring choices and will be for some time. It’s warm, beautiful and of course will add value to your home. However, there are many things you must consider and possibly change in your lifestyle to keep up with this natural material. For instance, you have to make sure you have padding under your furniture to prevent indenting, avoid wearing high heels, make sure your pets nails are trimmed to avoid scratching, use multiple area rugs to protect against wear in high traffic areas—just to name a few.

Wood Flooring vs Wood Plank Porcelain Flooring

This is where wood plank porcelain makes a great alternative. Here’s a breakdown of how wood plank porcelain stacks up against classic hardwood flooring:

Why You Should Consider Wood Look Porcelain Tile

Moisture resistant: Hardwood floors can only be installed in certain spaces—which generally means avoiding places with high moisture. Wood plank porcelain however, can withstand any water and give a bathroom the natural beauty of a luxurious spa. And not only can it deal with drips, but wood look porcelain can also handle repeated high moisture situations like bath time splashes and humidity.

Easy to clean and maintain: Wood look porcelain is easy to clean and maintain, so you don’t have to worry about mold or mildew even in high-moisture areas. A regular sweeping and mopping will keep your tile looking brand new for years to come.

Price difference and installation: When compared to hardwood flooring, wood plank porcelain itself is less expensive. Its labor and installation ends up being a bit more expensive than hardwood installation because of the process of leveling the subfloor, grout and mortar. But the easy maintenance and durability adds to its longevity compared to the constant upkeep of hardwood—making it worth every penny!

Common uses: Because of its high durability and easy upkeep, wood look porcelain tile is perfect for all spaces, including high traffic areas in both residential and commercial spaces.

Variety of design options: Wood plank porcelain comes in a wide array of designs. You can get creative with different sizes and unique patterns, such as brick, staggered or herringbone layouts. Also, you don’t have to limit yourself to just the floor. Bring the style up by adding to your walls to create a serene nature inspired look!

So while hardwood is still a classic and beautiful flooring choice, it’s also worth considering wood plank porcelain tile as an alternative choice.


At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!

Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

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