brick look tile

Brick look tile is one of those classic designer looks — it’s vintage, it’s striking, and it can be a killer accent wall. It’s also very hot right now — between the modern loft and the urban/industrial chic look, brick is back, and it seems like it’s everywhere.

But not all of us are lucky enough to take on a renovation and suddenly find a dramatic brick wall behind the sheetrock. So what’s a homeowner who wants the look of brick, but not the hassle of installing real brick floors or walls?

Here’s where brick look tile comes in. Read on for our quick and easy guide:

What’s Brick Look Tile, and Why’s It So Hot?

Brick look tile is just what it sounds like — tile that’s designed to look like brick. Usually, these tiles are made of glazed porcelain, but you can also get the brick look with luxury vinyl tiles.

Brick look tiles are often a better choice than brick itself — they’re easier to install, less porous, softer on the feet, and quite a bit lighter. They give homeowners the look that comes with aged, weathered brick with none of the waiting or massive home remodeling that brick itself would require.

Where Do People Use Brick Look Tile?

brick look tileThey’re perfect for mudrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and fireplace hearths. It’s great on floors and countertops, but brick look tile also makes for stunning and dramatic accent walls.

Pros of Brick Look Tile

  • Highly durable. Brick look tile has all the benefits of porcelain tile, which means it’s scratch-, stain-, and bacteria-resistant. It can withstand heavy wear-and-tear and is resistant to chipping and cracking. It’s also much denser and less porous than actual brick tile, which makes it much easier to maintain.
  • Easy to clean. Although the texture of mimics traditional brick, the small fissures on brick look tile are filled, which creates a smooth, easy-to-clean surface.
  • Variety. They come in a wide array of styles and colors, which makes it easy to find the perfect brick look for your home.
  • Easier to install. Brick look tile is lighter than traditional brick and doesn’t require as much foundational support. This means you can install it exact as you would any other tile flooring or wall covering—quickly and efficiently.

Cons of Brick Look Tile

  • Texture doesn’t match traditional brick exactly. If your heart is set on traditional brick, don’t think brick look tile will provide the exact same thing. Brick look tile lacks the roughness of traditional brick, which, though it does make the tile easier to clean, makes the difference easy to spot by touch.

Want to take a look at brick look tile in real life? Stop by our showroom today, and our experts can give you a tour of all our available brick and brick look flooring options.