Wood plank tile represents a really big trend, especially for someone who loves the look of wood, and wants the durability of tile.
Kate Spencer joined the Suncoast View co-hosts on Friday, September 29 to discuss wood plank tile, with samples in hand.
Sarasota's Suncoast View
Are you familiar with Suncoast View? It is a locally produced hour-long Talk Show airing at 4 p.m. EST on ABC 7 WWSB in the Sarasota, Florida area.
The program’s format is inspired by the ABC Network’s popular, long-running talk show, “The View”. The show features Stephanie Roberts, the popular Co-Anchor of ABC 7’s Good Morning Suncoast, ABC 7’s beloved, veteran Reporter Linda Carson; ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates and Joey Panek, Senior Producer.
In the photo above, you see Kate in the middle. To the left of her are Joey Panek and Linda Carson. To her right are Bobeth Yates and Stephanie Roberts.
What Makes Wood Plank Tile So Perfect for Florida Home Owners?
With home renovations at an all-time high, what better product to consider than tile, especially in Florida?
Well, we are definitely somewhat biased given Tile Outlets of America's love of tile, however, the product truly offers homeowners many benefits.
When it comes to the wood look, the benefits of wood plank tile are even more impressive because you get the look of wood with the durability of tile. More specifically,
- Easy care (as in, just mop the surface)
- Durability (no need to worry about gouges)
- Versatility (indoor, outdoor, walls/floors, patterns)
- Variety - so many sizes, styles, designs to pick from
Let's explore each of these benefits in more detail.
The Benefits of Wood Plank Tile
1. Wood Planks Are Easy to Care For
Unlike real wood, wood tile planks don't fear water or humidity. That allows you to install wood tile floors not only in the kitchen, but also in the bathroom.
In terms of cleaning, all you need to do is mop.
2. The Incredible Durability of Wood Plank Tile
Next comes the durability of wood tile. Unlike wood, tile can't be scratched by dog claws. It can't be gouged either. That means you don't need to worry about pets or pet accidents. Your floor will last a long time.
3. Wood Plank Tile is Versatile
With wood plank porcelain tile, you can have the wood look outdoors as well as indoors. It's perfect for extending a wood look throughout your living spaces.
You see, porcelain tile doesn't absorb water which means that it isn't affected by freeze/thaw temperature changes outdoors.
In terns of design possibilities, you can easily use wood planks on your walls as well as your floors as you see in the image below.
4. Inspiring Variety of Wood Plank Sizes, Styles and Textures
This is what makes wood plank tile so exciting: variety! As a result of inkjet printing technology, wood tile successfully captures the warmth of wood while also making a wealth of styles and textures possible.
You’ll find exciting plank styles with extreme variation from plank to plank. This can look modern or even rustic.
Simply looking over the images included in this article gives you a feel for the range of possibilities - from dark woods to light ones, subtle patterns to intense contrast. Some styles will be glossy and slick to the touch, others will be so barnwood-textured that you'll wonder whether you're touching wood or tile.
In addition to styles and textures, you'll find an ever increasing range of lengths and widths, too.
You'll also find styles that come in a mix of lengths and widths to help you create a truly customized pattern installation.
This in turn means that you have so many design options to choose from so you have just the look you want to express your vision for your space. You'll easily find a look that goes with any style – beach look, modern, rustic, traditional…
And, then, select the installation pattern that’s right for you…
(By the way, Tile Outlets offers many tile patterns for your wood plank tile installation.)
For example, a herringbone pattern as you see in the image below.
Or, perhaps you prefer a look with a minor offset.
An offset is the difference in overlap between the planks. It’s important to check with the tile manufacturer for the right offset based on the pattern you’ve selected and how long the plank is.
When you are laying out a tile pattern like this, it’s a good idea to create a mockup, or do a dry layout of the tiles so you get a good feel for how the variation looks and can even rearrange some of the tiles before actually installing them.
In contrast, the image below captures a pattern that has less variation from plank to plank. The result can create a more traditional look and feel.
Depending on the size of the room you are tiling, you may want to focus on specific size planks. For example, in a large space, a longer 40” plank works well as you see below.
In a smaller space, such as a small bathroom, a 24” plank can work perfectly.
And depending on the direction you install the tile, the length of the wood plank can make a galley kitchen look much bigger.
That said, depending on the look you want to create, you may decide that the long plank is better for that small space. You get to choose.
As an example, the image below is from the recent Tampa Bay Home of Distinction. Notice the long wood plank tile that extends all the way into the shower.
Notice the linear drain and how well that works with the plank format.
What's Your Reaction to Wood Plank Tile?
So what's your reaction to the wood look in tile? Do you love it as much as we do?
Here's a link to the full 5 minute episode on Suncoast View, or you can watch it below.
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