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who loves their porcelain 'wood' floor tile?

Posted by newskilz (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 9:40

We are redoing our kitchen and would like to use the PWT (porcelain wood tiles) I have seen amazing looking things now where the PWT really look real. My questions are since the price varies greatly $2-$16 sq ft besides the visual what should I look for in quality or a brand. Many of these tiles are European And I am just not sure.
I think I would be going for something in a darker brown or I could even do a weathered ash. The kitchen filters into the dinning room & living room. We will be redoing those hardwood floors and I would like to keep them to a similar shade as the kitchen.

What brand did you use and do you love it? SHOW PICTURES PLEASE.

THANKS SO MUCH!


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RE: who loves their porcelain 'wood' floor tile?

I don't have them, but I was just looking at them at Daltile. Do you currently have hardwood in the kitchen or tile? Reason I ask is that while the LOOK is still there, the tile will be much harder underfoot than wood. I'm actually looking forward to removing my tile and replacing it with cork, bamboo or hardwood to give my feet, legs and back a break. And I'm not some old fuddy duddy in bad shape either. I run about 15-20 miles/week--I can do that and be fine. Put me in my kitchen for more than 1 hour and I'm in pain. Go figure!


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Ours are Daltile and when we got them retailed for about $7.50 sq.ft. for material. LOVE the floor. Cleans great...looks great...and if I don't get to washing on any given day...you'd never know. All I've ever known is tile so I don't have the hard/hurt back/knees issue. We couldn't use wood in our situation. We didn't get the floor with the idea of fooling people into thinking its wood. We got it because we love the tile itself.


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I love ours.. ABK Woodway. I grew up and am in the tile business so thats all i've ever known also. Such a breeze to maintain and clean. It's bulletbroof for our messy tendencies.

I really need to take some updated (read: clean) pictures. I've posted these pics a zillion times, but here you go:

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THANKS to everyone who responded.
We have linoleum sheeting in the kitchen now. The rest of the downstairs is wood and upstairs is carpet. I am not sure how tough it will be on our bodies but it is something to think about it. Yet another decision. UGH

twn85 - thanks for those pics. saw those the other day and loved the floor and your kitchen cabinets too. Who's are those? We are doing everything at it is really overwhelming.


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I have porcelain wood grain tiles installed in my kitchen last year, and I love them! Best design decision that my contractor came up with. They are maintenance wise so easy. It looks wonderful with my dark cabinetry with a creme colored island...

If you send me an email at H720505@hotmail.com, I can send you a link to my photos...I cant figure out how to do it here...just email me instead.

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We would love to use the porcelain wood tiles but they dont come in the right color for us. We need either a natural maple with a hint of color or beechwood.

Please let me know if you come across anything this color.


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Thanks newskilz... the cabs are ikea. we did everything ourselves. It's been a crazy journey and it's still a work in progress. I definitely would do it again though. The savings and piece of mind have really been worth while.

I just noticed that I did not answer your questions. A lot of things will affect the price. Origin, material, aesthetics (quality in color, variation, technology used to produce it, edges- rectified or natural, length, etc) Depending on your location you can really get a great quality italian, spanish, or domestic porcelain in the 3-10$ range. 16 is a bit excessive in my opinion. Sometimes you pay more for the name brand than the quality.

I used a rectified, colored body tile in my house, but you can easily get a great looking non rectified, glazed porcelain for less. Installation costs on rectified tiles is usually higher.

Loves2cook4six... there are so many on the market.. I'm sure there is something in the color range that you are looking for.


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Porcelanosa has an extensive line of wood-look tiles. The colors
run the gamut from very light to very dark, and everything in
between.

FYI, the tiles are rectified, needing very little grout.

Here is a link that might be useful: Porcelanosa wood-look tiles


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Twn85, I love your tiles! Now I'm seriously reconsidering putting down "the real thing".


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I really love my wood look planks. They are 6 x 24 and the color is a brown/grey. Just a hint of rustic. I get so many compliments on them and they have been wearing great! doesn't show dirt and i am not a slave to mopping or sweeping.
I got them local for just over $3 a sf, a great deal! They were on a board that had the brand name "Mirage"Name of tile was "Woodstock" Color was "Castagno".
When I received the box the brand name was Energie Ker.

From Upstairs and Basement bathrooms

From Upstairs and Basement bathrooms

From Upstairs and Basement bathrooms


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I Just purchased ABK wWodwway Rovere. I love the way these tiles look what was the installation method? and what size spacers should be used?


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I love these tiles. Since you already have wood in other areas how do you plan to integrate the colors? I plan wood for my first floor and probably will do tile in the kitchen. My concern is how they will look next to each other? I'd love to know what you decide!


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Bee has some in her bathroom I believe.. search for Beekeeperswife to see pics in her old bathroom posts. I have some in my bathroom as well. Ours looks very much like weathered silvered driftwood and we paid around $5/sq.ft. The prices vary very widely for the exact same porcelain tiles. Our preferred kitchen and family room tiles were quoted at $12 and I got them on ebay for $2. A distributor had excess inventory in Arizona and he shipped to me in CA.. delivered in my driveway for free. So definitely shop around.

Dust in 12x24 - http://www.refin-ceramic-tiles.com/wp-content/themes/thesis_16/custom/images/ceramics/minimali/zoom/WOOD2-DUST-30X60.jpg
Tobacco in 12x24 - http://www.refin-ceramic-tiles.com/wp-content/themes/thesis_16/custom/images/ceramics/minimali/zoom/WOOD2-TOBACCO-30X60.jpg


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We have this in the mud room and fire room/dog room. Both rooms are adjacent to rooms with oak flooring. The dark floor has been an amazing choice, we are so pleased with the warmth it adds.


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Srhythm76, the Wood Way Noce is what I have in my kitchen/living area. I laid it in quarters, with 1/16th spacers. What ever you do, do NOT do half and half a la subway style. It is a beautiful tile and I'm sure you will love it! Let me know if you need any more information, I can send you closer pictures of my install or forward you specs from ABK.


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Srhythm76, the Wood Way Noce is what I have in my kitchen/living area. I laid it in quarters, with 1/16th spacers. What ever you do, do NOT do half and half a la subway style. It is a beautiful tile and I'm sure you will love it! Let me know if you need any more information, I can send you closer pictures of my install or forward you specs from ABK.


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I have it in my bath. My installer laid it like hardwood completely random...it looks awesome and I love it. Because it is a mastervbath with minimal shoe traffic I didn't go for anything super expensive, it was about 3.50/ft from Floor and Decor.


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I'm strongly leaning towards Marco Corona Easywood, Love the manufacturers installed photos and can't really beat the price.


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I have wood look tiles by Spanish tile ($4 per square foot, but probably difficult to find). I love them. They are textured to mimic a wood grain.

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I also considered Florida tiles, but they were more expensive, about $7 per square foot in my area.


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I really like yours, twn85. Thanks for sharing! What grout color did you use?


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@ Loves to cook -
We don't have them yet, but i love the Vallelunga Tabula line. They are gorgeous and a store around Philly priced them at $7.50 per square foot. I have beech in two floors in my house and also love maple. These tiles have that clean, smooth look and really look like wood. In fact, i brought a sample home and my neighbor said "i thought you were doing porcelain - this is wood". Check out the "bianco" and miele". These colors (especially miele) resemble beech and maple. Here's a link:
http://www.vallelungacer.it/en/floor-tiles_TABULA_84.php

Just download the brochure for all the colors.


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I used Tec Coffee to grout, In the above photo it's super dusty. It really blends in seamlessly now that its clean


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We have wood look tile in our small bathroom and I love it. We got it at Floor & Decor for $4.25 a square foot, though I can't remember the brand name off hand.
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This listing has been helpful for me.....we were planning on doing wood floors but now.....hmm...maybe the "wood" tile. Thanks everybody.


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spider-phobe needs a light color wood look tile

Anyone have pictures of a light colored wood look tile installation?

One that is light enough so that a Wolf spider on the tile would be obvious?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider


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We removed out newly stained oak floors(parquet look didn't go with new kitchen) and installed Ariostea porcelain tile floors(color Rovere Impero. We were looking for a rustic reclaimed look and we think we nailed it. We love the durability and we can go a couple of days between sweeping cause it hides dust/dirt so well. The pieces were 6" x 48" in size and we went with a 1/16" grout line. The price was a lot more than hardwood floor.


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One more image....sorry I could not get the image to post properly.


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Twn85, I love your tiles! They really look real!

Slappy07, I the light color wood tiles that look so real! What color grout did you use?

Gmp3, your tiles look so much like real wood! I love it!

I love everyone else's tiles that posted or gave links that I appreciate as I am seriously thinking this is what I am going to use downstairs as I had a flood and now my new BR-111 engineered Brazilian Cherry floors are ruined!


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Oh, I wish I had found this thread sooner! :-(

My tile has just been installed. My tile guy did not want to do a random pattern for some reason and I was too sick that day to argue with him. I wish I could show him these pix...

Oh, well, they look good anyway. And what a transformation from the stained concrete we had before, with color not matching anything in the room and cracks all over!


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Is there an ideal form-factor for wood look tiles (length x width) that makes them look more realistic than otherwise?


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Gmp3, What is the name of the tile color you chose & the grout?

Gmp3, What is the name of the tile color you chose & the grout? I did a search for the name of your tiles and found one I love in the pictures called Anticho Maple Porcelain Plank.


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Melissaki5, I just looked at your wood tile floors again and they really look real and are pretty. Can you look up the color for us when you have time?


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SLAPPY07, We are installing an 8"x36" tile next week and my installer mentioned using a 1/8" grout joint. I'm wanting something smaller like 1/16" you've used because it looks more realistic. However I've been warned about the "lippage" factor and wondered if you notice a difference in the tiles when walking barefoot, like can you feel the side/lip of each tile?


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Twizlstick, The tile that we chose is rectified and has a lot of texture. I believe because of the texture, the "lippage" factor is not noticeable. Hope this helps.


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SLAPPY07, thanks this does help. My tile is also rectified but is mostly very smooth for easier cleaning. I think staying with a 1/8" joint will be better for me. The manufacturer recommends 3/16" but I think that's too large. I've read some people using a 3/32", which is between the 1/16 and 1/8, though I haven't asked my installer about it. Has anyone used that before?
When we talked yesterday about the pattern to use, he wants to offset each row every 9" or 12", which to me is too stairstep-y and would look like a fake wood floor (using 8"x36" tile). I'm going to push him for a random layout to replicate a real wood floor, and he'll be receiving a link to the picture you posted. Thanks!


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Serso mahogany color from lowes. I put it in the dining room probaly would have put it in the kitchen if I knew about it before hand I think there great. Oh and its a 1/16 grout

This post was edited by madsic on Wed, Jul 31, 13 at 10:13


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Serso mahogany color from lowes. I put it in the dining room probaly would have put it in the kitchen if I knew about it before hand I think there great.


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madsic: I'm about to do my house in the Serso Mahogony from Lowes and am having trouble picking out a grout. What color grout did you use?


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I used a espresso color grout but I think any dark color would be fine


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I'm considering the wood "tile" as well. These posts have been very helpful. Here is my inspiration photo
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There is such a thing as "lippage" when tiles aren't totally flat. The edges can be raised just a tiny bit and depending on how much of a rustic look you want, you may or may not want this. I think "rectified" is a description for tiles that have flat edges that helps avoid lippage but check me on this. There are numerous kinds of ratings - here's a list of different "PEI" ratings which I think may be helpful - I didn't know these when we were shopping for our tile. http://lawtonfloordesign.com/cerfaqs.html#rating This is also where the color of the tile is the same all the way through, I think these are described as "full body" which means if they are chipped, color will be the same.

The rating for strong color/shade variations is the most important IMO since that was what caused the most problems for us. Rating info here at: HERE

Our background details regarding our wood-plank porcelain tile that may or may not be helpful to you (sorry this is so long):

I loved our wood-porcelain tiles more before the cabinets went in then after. Here's the full impact before cabinets: Note the strong pattern of striations.

Here's our floor as it was being put in before grouting:
http://www.houstonbookclubs.org/kitchen2/herringBoneFloor.jpg

Because it is a herringbone pattern (which I love), it became the "star of the show" in the kitchen, hence I have had to be very careful (which I don't love) adding anything else such as backspash or countertop that have a strong pattern. Also, the herringbone style is more traditional than I realized. Probably a good thing with our house but our kitchen is Ikea (in progress) so a traditional floor with modern contemporary cabs that had a strong striation pattern as well (see Sofieunder cabinets) didn't work as originally planned. Not so much fun. We had to swap out contemporary base cabinets at an extra cost for more traditional with the Lidingo style.
Here is the mismatch as shown after large window installed. I didn't check the "full light" conditions before deciding on the tile. I took a sample of my cabinet front to the tile store and it looked okay but didn't do well in the REAL kitchen lighting conditions. see Here So take more than one tile home to check with your cabinets and check during several different times of day.

We're still in progress so don't have the pictures of what I'v done to fix this problem i.e. the Lidingo replacement, but I like the herringbone very much with the new change so far.

Couldn't find the tile brand we selected but the price was $3.19 / sq ft and we bought it at http://www.flooranddecoroutlets.com but I couldn't find it there now. It is great but if I had it to do overagain, I would bought one that I didn't "LOVE" so much, allowing me more choices with cabinets/countertop and backsplash. (We also chose a color tone that was close to adjacent hardwood which is nice but I'm not so sure it is as important to have this match as it is to have something that isn't going to be yet another focal point - that is our experience anyway.

I'm very glad to have gone with wood-plank. We had pine floors from previous owner. We had them sanded and polyurethaned several times - still looked pretty bad after a short time. Since we aren't good with mainenance, the wood-look porcelain is the absolute best. If I get back trouble, we can always put down a runner rug which I'm thinking of doing anyway in the main part where I do the most walking.


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Madsic, I am in love with your Serso Mahogony tile wood floors! I love the color. I must pick up a sample at Lowes or buy a piece to see if this would be good for me as due to so many problems with one crisis after another, I still have not removed my damaged engineered wood floors and instead temporary put area rugs everywhere so my little dog will not have another large vet bill by getting her food stuck in the pieces of wood that separated.


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I like mine, but I don't love them. Nothing looks like real hardwood BUT the wood effect tile is very practical if you have kids and dogs. For example a nail polish bottle fell on the floor and smashed a few days ago. I was able to wipe it off with some acetone no problem. Real hardwood would have been ruined!

Here is mine.
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lliN - Looks great in your kitchen! Can you tell us the brand and color?


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