Porcelain tiles printed with wood patterns offer picture-perfect natural wood color and variety with durability that exceeds wood or laminate.
(PRWEB) October 02, 2012
HomeThangs.com – the Home Improvement Super Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer, with that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.
Choosing the flooring for the home is one of the most significant decisions to make in terms of the long-term, overall look and feel of the space. It’s a big financial decision, and theoretically it’s not going to be changed for at least a number of years – or ideally, for many years to come. But choosing between real hardwood flooring and laminate means being stuck between two very different choices: authentic and long lasting but difficult to maintain and expensive, or inexpensive and easy to clean, but not so durable and not quite the real thing.
HomeThangs.com introduced an option to get best of two worlds – porcelain tiles printed with wood patterns (also called wood tile), that offer picture-perfect natural wood color and variety with durability that exceeds either wood or laminate, and is easy to clean and less expensive than one might think.
1. Porcelain Tiles That Look Like Wood
The wood look tiles introduced by HomeThangs.com are manufactured by Mediterranea, a US-based company with a proprietary printing method that allows them to print high definition images directly onto their porcelain tile. The result is hard, durable, easy-to-clean tiles that look exactly like hard wood, with a spectacularly natural looking degree of built in grain variation and color. The Tumble Weed Wood Tile is just that – tile! And unlike many wood tiles, Mediterranea doesn’t print their wood patterns on square tile – they’re the first company in the US to make 48″ long wood tile planks so they can be installed and arranged like a real hardwood floor.
2. Wood Prints Captured In the Wild
With laminate wood flooring, one has to be very careful with how the planks are laid for the simple reason that there are only so many wood “grains” per style per package, which can easily end up creating an unintentional pattern that will make the non-natural nature of the floor more obvious. Mediterranea’s wood tiles are different because each collection doesn’t merely represent a few wood-like designs, they’re painstakingly designed to recreate real wood, with a much greater degree of variety in shade and grain like one on a real wood floor. Many patterns (like the Wild Timber Wood Tile ) are even designed specifically to look weather-worn, reflecting our nation’s coastal boardwalks and rustic cabins, creating a unique aged floor without the wait or any of the difficult maintenance.
3. Plank Shaped Tile for Hardwood Style Installation
While one can’t simply drive a nail through a piece of wood tile, the design and installation process is similar to that of natural hardwood. With tiles in a variety of standard wood plank sizes, one can attain many of the same complex patterns and styles that one would with natural hardwood. Unlike interlocking laminate pieces, wood tiles can easily be installed at angles.
4. Naturally Water Resistant
One of the greatest advantages of wood tiles is that they perform incredibly well in areas that both hardwood and laminate traditionally struggle. Maybe most notable is the fact that Mediterranea’s wood tile has a spectacularly low water absorption rate (either .08% or .29%), making it an excellent choice for the bathroom. This opens up a whole range of decoration options that are usually superseded by the fact that water damages wood. Especially with their weather-worn designs like the Native Timber by Mediterranea, it’s amazingly easy to get a bathroom with a truly antique, old world style without having to worry about warping or splintering wood. Plus, because it’s tile, it can even be installed as part of a heated floor while retaining the natural look of hardwood.
5. Durable and Easy To Clean
Mediterranea’s wood tiles are also very hard, ranging from 6-9 on the MOHS scale (diamonds are 10/10, for reference) with a glazed finish that’s rated for the highest levels of traffic, which means that not only are they easy to clean, but that they’ll hold up to rough treatment better than either laminate or most hardwoods. If your main hesitation about getting hardwood is that you have kids or pets, Mediterranea’s wood tile – especially the Mambo Red Wood Tile, which is both the hardest and among the most slip resistant – is an excellent solution, because it will hold up better than either wood or laminate to little feet and paws.
6. Environmentally Friendly Tiles
Second only to the fact that they look like wood, the next great thing about Mediterranea’s wood tiles is that they’re supremely eco-friendly. First, they’re made with as much recycled content as possible (the Raw Hide Tile for example, has 30%, but some of their other designs have up to 51%), both from their own manufacturing process and from materials reclaimed from construction sites. In addition to the recycled materials, they only use locally quarried materials, which means they cut down on shipping costs, create local jobs, and qualify for all kinds of green-home benefits, especially for anyone living within 500 miles of their Tennessee facility. Plus, the wood tile is printed using 100% natural inks, so they contain no VOCs, completely nix outgassing, and leave the air in a home cleaner and more breathable.
So while wood tile might not be the very first thing that comes to mind when trying to decide what kind of floor to install, it might actually be the best option. Mediterranea wood tile is made to last a lifetime. Like the real wood it’s designed after, it’s meant to be a decision that stays with the home, but unlike real wood, it doesn’t require constant upkeep, and unlike laminate, it won’t need to be replaced a few years down the line.
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