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Porcelain Tile That Looks like Wood Flooring

One of the great things about working in the building materials industry is getting to see how lines of traditional building supplies are evolving to suit the needs of property owners on all kinds of levels.

The fact is that even in an industry that is known for being pretty traditional and unbending in the way that business is done (we at BuildDirect are working hard to change things in this area, too), there  is a lot of creativity and even artistry in the manufacturing process of many kinds of building materials.  For instance, tile flooring is made to create a home or working space that is comfortable and welcoming.

I suppose comfort is a pretty traditional value too.

This brings me to the subject of porcelain that looks like wood flooring Porcelain tile is acknowledged as a very practical floor and wall covering.  Since it is totally impervious to moisture, it is also known as an anti-microbial surface, used traditionally (that word again) in hospitals and commercial kitchens. But, innovations in the porcelain tile manufacturing process has allowed for diverse patterns and subtle texturing.  A great example of this is wood grain-patterned porcelain tiles for use in every room in the house or commercial space, bringing them out of the bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

One huge advantage of porcelain tile that looks like wood floors is that it is (as mentioned) completely waterproof, as well as being dent-proof, fade proof, and resistant to pet traffic too.  As great as wood flooring is, there are some places in a home where they are extremely susceptible to these types of wear.  In this, wood grain porcelain tile is a great solution.

The use of porcelain tile has expanded into places like living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens.  Lines of porcelain that looks like wood flooring has helped to lift porcelain from its purely practical applications into the realm of the decorative and stylish.  Gone are the associations with cold, antiseptic, and impersonal surfaces.  And here are the look of organic, warm wood grain. This is a welcoming (and welcome) addition to areas that are not known for a tiled surface.



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Rob Jones

Rob serves as Blog Content Manager at BuildDirect, and is your humble Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home. Rob is also a writer, father, and music fan.


  1. Great concept and I think it looks nice and clean however I just see the wood comparison.

  2. yes, the show and effect of porcelain tile like the wood flooring,yet, the porcelain is much cold than the wood floor, do not show the natural feel on touch

  3. Thanks for comments, guys.

    I think the use of this tile isn’t a slight on real hardwood. Personally, I love real wood floors. But, in areas of higher moisture, it’s nice to have the option of a surface that is entirely moisture proof. Having that choice adds a lot of value.

    Thanks again for comments, guys!

  4. Stacy Post Reply to Stacy


    I am looking for a product that will not scratch. I have two very large dogs that chase each other around the dining table. I need a product that will hold up to that amount of activity.

    Any advise you can give would be appreciated.


    • Hey Stacy!
      My first thought is that there really isn’t product that will never become scratched. There are some surfaces that will scratch less, but nothing is impervious to the kind of traffic you’ve described. A porcelain tile product is a pretty safe bet in general, especially one that is patterned. But I’d say you should count on some signs of wear if you’ve got two large dogs who chase each other around. My second thought is this: which ever product you choose, nail-clippers will be your friend. :-)

      Thanks for comments!

  5. What colors were used in the pictures above?

  6. Thank you for your reply.

  7. I would also like to say, I’m planning to lay porcelain tiles over old porcelain tiles that have been laid in cement mud. My house is made of cinder block and cement floors. My question is what kind of adhesive would be best to use over the old tiles and what kind of prep should they get, if any?

    • Well, full disclosure here: I’ve never personally done an install like this. My thought though is that you’ll probably need to remove the old tiles so as to make the substrate for your new tiles as flat as possible to ensure the most stable installation. But, just to make sure, it might be a good idea to send our sales guys a note, just because they’ve got a pretty good handle on the nuts and bolts of installation, including the kinds of adhesives you’ll need to use.

      Hope this helps!

  8. james king Reply to james

    I love the look of the Crystal floor. We are looking to put it through the entire home but have one question. I see in the picture above that the flooring is different widths but it is only offered as a 6″. Are different widths available?

  9. Have just put down a porcelain tile floor that looks like wood. I want it to look like real wood so I can’t decide what color to grout it. Would it look like real wood more if I choose a grout that blends in with the tile as oppose to one that outlines and contrasts the tile?

  10. I’m planning to do the entire house in porcelain wood grained tile.
    My question is what is the best grouting space to use if any?
    Some installers I’ve talked to say none, others up to 1/4″.
    The bedrooms would be laminate to reduce the cold feel of the tile.
    I’d like to match up as best as possible.
    What would you suggest?

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