Wood Look Tiles versus Natural Timber or Vinyl Timber Planks
Why should you chose wood look tiles over real timber or even vinyl timber planks? Here are some advantages that make wood look tiles a fabulous choice for you.
- In most cases, they have a porcelain body which makes them extremely hard wearing and scratch resistant.
- As wood look tiles have a porcelain body, they do not expand and contract in varying temperatures like natural timber does.
- Having a glazed surface makes them water and stain resistant.
- Also due to their glaze, there’s no need for sealing, making them very low maintenance.
- They are easy to clean and keep clean due to their glazed surface.
- Wood look tiles are produced in a wide range of colours and designs, using the latest ink-jet digital technology.
- Unlike natural timber where trees have been harvested, many wood look tiles are produced using a percentage of recycled materials to reduce the negative impact on the environment, making them ideal for environmentally conscious people.
Another thing to keep in mind is that all wood tiles must be grouted and cannot be butt joined (stuck down side by side without a gap). When colour-matched grout is selected, the joints between the tiles blend in seamlessly.
Due to the size and dimensions of wood look tiles, all have a slight bow. The bow may result in lipping issues if they are not laid utilising the 80/20 percent ratio rule as per the industry guidelines.
However, at TFO we have a wood look tile, the Trento Series which is currently the only product range that promotes a unique self-levelling technology that has been incorporated into the manufacturing process. This range claims the ability to be laid in any way the tiler sees fit as it doesn’t possess the bowing issues present in the other timber tile ranges. This claim is unique to this series however, it is important to remember that everyone should be informed about the generic characteristics of a wood look tile.
The 80/20 Percent Ratio Rule
The image below is a clear example of how the 80/20 percent ratio applies when laying timber look tiles. For example, to avoid possible lipping issues on an 850mm long tile, the adjacent parallel tiles can begin up to 170mm (20%) from either end. The manufacturer never recommends laying them in a true brick pattern. Alternatively, a tile levelling system can be utilized if another laying pattern is preferred.
The Herringbone Pattern
A ‘Herringbone Pattern’ refers to the pattern/layout of the tiles.
As can be seen in the image, if you choose to lay your timber look tiles in this format, you are still adhering to the 80/20 percent ratio rule as each tile is only overlapping up to 20% of the adjacent tile.
So, for a huge range of wood look tiles, come visit TFO or check us out online. You’ll be amazed with the quality and the variety we have available. But be quick, our stock runs out fast!