Porcelain wood tiles give you the look or real wood with the durability of porcelain. Keep the following tips in mind when shopping for porcelain wood tiles.
1. Consider the look of your room. Some porcelain tiles have a pronounced wood grain design, which gives them the look of rustic cabin wood. Others have a more polished and elegant look in which the wood grain blends subtly into the background. Look for a design that matches the feel and decor scheme of your home.
2. Think about the shade. Porcelain wood tiles come a range of neutral colors. In addition to a full lineup of brown shades, there are also tiles that range from almost white to nearly black. Choose one that matches the color scheme of your room.
3. Pay attention to the details. Porcelain wood tiles can have very detailed designs that simulate the look of real wood. As you shop, take time to appreciate the differences between the available styles and then select your favorite.
4. Think about size. To simulate the look of wood planks, porcelain wood tiles are typically long rectangles that come in a variety of sizes. On the smaller end are ones that are 3 by 12 inches. On the larger end of the spectrum are tiles that are 9 by 48 inches. Consider whether you would rather use fewer large tiles or more smaller ones to cover your flooring area.
5. Remember that you can use tiles on the floor or the wall. Do not limit yourself to applying the tiles only to the floor, but you can extend the look by installing tiles up the wall, too. They serve as an attractive kitchen backsplash. As you are ordering, keep in mind both your flooring and wall needs.
6. Keep in mind application when considering thickness. The same tiles are not typically used on the floor and the wall. Floor tiles are usually 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick. Wall tiles are thinner. If you plan on using tiles in both places, rather than using the exact same tiles, find coordinating designs in different thicknesses.
7. Check for the hardness rating. There are five classes of hardness that apply to porcelain tiles. For home flooring use, look for Class II through Class IV.
8. Look for tile that is certified by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency. Approved tiles must must have a low water absorption of 0.5% or less.
9. Keep an eye out for award-winning tiles. Floor Covering Weekly selects annualtop picks in various flooring categories, including tiles. If you find a tile that has won this or another award, you know that it will be a good choice.