The Pros and Cons of Wood-Look Porcelain Tile

With the toughness of tile and the wood-grain detail of hardwood, wood-look porcelain tile makes for an affordable alternative to hardwood flooring. But do the benefits of wood-look porcelain tile outweigh the costs? Naturally, the answer to that question depends on what you’re looking for in your bathroom tile and how wood-look porcelain tile stacks up against other flooring options.

If you’re wondering whether wood-look tile is the right choice for your bathroom remodel, here are a few of the pros and cons you’ll want to consider:

Pro: Porcelain wood-look tiles are affordable.
If you love the look of hardwood but can’t take the price tag, wood-look tiles make for a more cost-effective option (better yet, they may even boost your home’s resale value!). Upkeep is more affordable, too: porcelain tiles just need a sweep and mop, while hardwoods require polishing and refinishing over the years.

Pro: They look surprisingly like hardwood.
Wood-look tiles have come a long way looks-wise with inkjet technology, intricate plank-to-plank variation, and even textures like hand-scraped and wire-brushed, and they can help give your bathroom an updated aesthetic.

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Pro: Porcelain wood-look tiles are waterproof and highly durable.
Porcelain tiles are built to last: They’re dent-, scratch-, and water-resistant. This makes them a great choice for flooring in a rental property, high-traffic business, or pet-friendly bathroom. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are susceptible to aging, warping, and water damage due to high heat, humidity, water splashes, and flooding characteristic of southeastern North Carolina.

Con: They aren’t damage-proof.
While porcelain wood-look tiles can take lots of wear and tear, they aren’t crack-proof. Drop a heavy object, and you still risk chipping tiles—which can be expensive to fix. Of course, hardwood floors can be dented or damaged as well, but they often last for generations in the right setting.

Pro: They’re versatile and stylish.
Designers love porcelain wood-look tiles because the possibilities are endless: You can have a traditional bathroom with subtle honey-gray wood-look tiles, a vintage-industrial bathroom with cool gray wood-look tiles, a contemporary bathroom with floor-to-ceiling wood-look tiles, or even a farmhouse-style bathroom with warm wood-look tiles. We can get porcelain wood-look tiles with the features of your favorite wood grain in numerous shades, textures, and plank shapes and sizes.

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Lots of Pros: Porcelain Wood-Look Tile
In conclusion, there are plenty of great reasons to consider porcelain wood-look tiles for your bathroom remodel, but the right choice will depend on your unique needs and preferences. To weigh all of your bathroom flooring options or to see our wood-look tile selection in person, contact us or visit our showroom at Crystal Shower & Bath Company in Wilmington, NC.