Hi Friends of The Striped Barn and thanks for stopping by!
I am definitely all about wood, but let’s face it…sometimes there’s a certain situation or an area where real wood is just not a good choice. As much as it breaks my heart to say that…its true. Don’t try to compare tile with wood because there is no comparison…but… if you can’t do wood, tile planks are a great alternative to get that wood charm!
Wood look porcelain tile is a big trend and for all the right reasons. It’s less expensive than real wood, great in humid areas, and… some of them really do look authentic! They are perfect for pets, rentals, or damp areas like a mudrooms or basements. I have listed a variety of my favs below whether you want inexpensive, or luxury. Porcelain is more durable than ceramic and can also be used outdoors…in my opinion its worth it. $2-$8 Ceramic, $5-$12 Porcelain
Save money by ordering your own tiles but get a good installer if you’re not a DIYer…believe me…you do not want to install on a cracked or damaged subfloor and you want to waterproof your subfloor.
A FEW QUICK TIPS:
TIP: Order 10-20% more… I cannot emphasize this enough; you will thank me later when you try to match it.
Choose an option with some texture or nonslip…trust me on this, falling is not fun.
Stay thin with your grout, around 1/32” and seal your grout...remember wood planks don’t have grout
Tile can be cold, but you can install radiant heating underneath…that’s one thing you can’t do with wood!
Click on the pics for links…happy shopping!
Build Direct – Cabot Porcelain Tile – Redwood Series – Approx. $3.39 sq ft – 6×24 and 6×36 – my favorite color “Natural”
Dal Tile – Yorkwood Manor Porcelain Tile – Approx. $4.85 sq ft – 6×36 – 3 colors I like them all – Dal is stocked almost everywhere so shop around for the best price
Porcelanosa – Seedwood Porcelin Tile – Approx. $10-11 sq ft – 10×59 – my fav colors “Tanzania almond & Tanzania Wine”
Wayfair – Legacy Porcelain Tile by Emser Tile – Approx. $8.66 sq ft – 8×47 – 5 colors, my favs are “Havana” & “Gray”
Bedrosians – Antique Porcelain Tiles – Approx. $6.20 sq ft – 8×48 – 3 colors, my fav “clay”
I hope you liked these great wood alternatives!…I would love to hear from you!