Learn about the latest industry news

Tile & Granite Blog

Bookmark and Share

Feb 08

Stockett Staff

Wood-Look Tile V.S. Hardwood Flooring

by Stockett Staff

Should you choose a tile version over the real thing?

There are many reasons to include wood and wood-look products in the design of your custom dream home. Maybe you’re looking for a rustic vibe or to add a bit of natural flair to your home’s decor. Perhaps your custom home design features a traditional aesthetic. Whatever the reason, you know you want wood flooring in your home. At the same time, you want to avoid the level of maintenance and care that wood flooring requires. Should you go ahead and bite the bullet to achieve the look you want?

Good news—that’s not a decision you have to make! More and more people are opting for wood-look tile to achieve the look they want without having to put in hours of labor to maintain hardwood (whether “real” or engineered) floors. With the appearance and shine of natural wood and the easy-to-maintain appeal of tile, you’re sure to be impressed. Here are a few of the many benefits of wood-look tile over traditional hardwood flooring.

Wood-look Tile is Easy to Maintain

Hardwood flooring might be beautiful when it’s first installed, but it can scratch and wear down over time. You may find you have to regularly oil the floors to maintain their shine and refinish the wood every few years. Wood-look tile floors are much simpler to clean and damage less easily due to porcelain’s scratch-resistant nature. Finally—your pets can run free without fear of scratching the floor!

Wood-look Tile is Waterproof

Wood is not waterproof. Repeated exposure to water can cause wooden floors to warp and twist as the material absorbs the moisture. This makes hardwood floors a bad choice for a bathroom or kitchen. What’s worse is that water damage—including mold infestation—can go unnoticed until it causes major visual issues like cupping.

Wood-look tiles, on the other hand, are completely waterproof. You won’t have to worry about a kitchen spill or toilet overflow causing lasting damage. This means you can have “wood” in areas of your home that would normally be off limits for the material. You can even use wood-look tile in your garage!


Hardwood flooring comes in a set number of shapes and colors because that is how it occurs in nature. Wood-look tile, on the other hand, comes in an almost infinite number of shapes and colors because it’s man-made. This is especially true if you’re looking for white or grey shades since these are difficult to find in the wild.

Tile also allows you to play around with patterning. Wood-look tile can be installed to achieve a traditional hardwood look but can also be assembled in patterns like herringbone or brick layouts.

Have any other questions about wood-look tile?

Wood-look tile is relatively new, and we understand if you have questions. Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer those questions. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988 or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

See Also:

Differences Between Natural Stone Tile, Ceramic Tile, and Porcelain Tile

2017 Tile Design Trends