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ROK Plank Wood Look Tile
ROK Plank

ROKplank is the perfect flooring choice if you are looking for luxury vinyl flooring that captures the natural beauty of hardwood, yet is able to meet the demands of active home and work environments at a fraction of the cost.
This stunning and durable floors checks all the boxes!
☑️easy installation
☑️basic maintenance
☑️natural look and feel

And it is also made in the USA ??

We keep several different colors in stock and would love to help you find exactly what you are looking for!

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Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic Tile: What’s the Difference?

Porcelain Tile vs Ceramic Tile: Whats The Difference?

If you are in the market for tile for your remodeling or new construction project, you have most likely encountered both ceramic and porcelain tile. You may have heard the two terms use interchangeably, but the fact of the matter is there is a difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile. The thought may or may not have occurred to you that there is a difference between the two, but what is that difference, really? The sales and service team here at Tile Factory Outlet has provided for you the following guide to help you decide which is better for your needs: porcelain or ceramic tile.

Porcelain vs Ceramic

The Similarities

Porcelain and ceramic tile are elegant surfaces commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, backsplashes, and walls requiring a durable surface. Each comes in endless varieties and textures and can be used as mosaics. Consequently, both ceramic and porcelain tiles are also installed the same way. Thus, the real differences between the two have to do with the materials used to make them.

The Differences – Process

Both ceramic and porcelain tile are clay-based products. Each is created undergoing a process where the raw materials are heated in a kiln. Porcelain, however, is a type of ceramic. The clay that is used in porcelain is more dense and it undergoes the firing process in kiln for a much longer period of time. As a result, the porcelain is more durable. However, the interesting thing is that the two can be virtually indistinguishable in appearance. It does take a trained eye to discern between the two. So if they look the same, which one is better? Which one should you choose?

The most important difference to note between porcelain and ceramic is that porcelain is frost-proof. Let me explain. As previously noted, porcelain tile is more dense. This increased density lowers the water absorption rate, hence preventing the porcelain tile from absorbing water. So, if you are looking for tile that can be installed outdoors then porcelain tile is the best choice. Preventing water from absorbing also prevents the tile from cracking in freezing cold weather. Because of the density, porcelain is extremely durable, making it a brilliant choice for outdoor use.

“As a result, the porcelain is more durable”

Cost and Installation

Although porcelain tile and ceramic tile are very similar in appearance, there is a major difference in the cost. Thus, porcelain costs more than ceramic tile. Ceramic tile costs approximately $.50 per square foot to $40 per square foot, while you can get into porcelain tile for around $1 per square foot to over $40 per square foot. It is noteworthy the higher end ceramics and porcelain tiles both cost about the same. This is because they are generally categorized as designer tile. Though porcelain tile is more dense than ceramic, general installation costs are equal.

Both ceramic and porcelain tile are installed using a mortar-based adhesive. Once the mortar is set, grout is then applied between the joints. The tile must be measured and cut before the installation process begins. This can be difficult for a beginner so it’s always recommended to have installation performed by a professional. Don’t know anyone? Give us a call and we can refer you to a professional.

Durable

Lifespan

Both ceramic tile and porcelain tile can last for 50 years or more. You can expect your tile to last as long as its cared for. This being said, it is the grout that you have to worry about. As a result, the sales and service team at Tile Factory Outlet recommends that you have ceramic and porcelain tile installed by a professional. Proper installation means properly sealed grout. In order to maintain your porcelain or ceramic tile, you will have to reseal the grouts from time to time, so keep that in mind.

Intarsi Glam Pattern Wall Tile
Intarsi Glam Pattern Tile

Intarsi Glam is one of many pattern tiles that we stock at our adairsville location. Intarsi Glam is an 8″ x 8″ porcelain tile that beautifully blends with white marble and all different types of wood tones. Come visit our full selection showroom in Adirsville, GA.

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New Unique Tile Just In

New Unique Tile Just In!      

We have five new 8×8 porcelain design pattern tiles just in from Italy. They are definitely unique and would be great in so many projects. You could use it as a back- splash, a laundry room remodel, a feature wall, a kitchen floor. The possibilities are in endless!  
Make sure to come out and see our showroom/warehouse in Suwanee or Adairsville and mention our website, Tile Factory Outlet to receive 5% off of your next purchased order. 

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New Unique Porcelain Tile Just In!

We have five new 8×8 porcelain design pattern tiles just in from Italy called. They are definitely unique and would be great in so many projects. You could use it as a back- splash, a laundry room remodel, a feature wall, a kitchen floor. The possibilities are in endless!  
Make sure to come out and see our showroom/warehouse in Suwanee or Adairsville and mention our website, Tile Factory Outlet to receive 5% off of your next purchased order. 

Blendart Collection

Blendart Collection 6″ x 48″

Wood Plank Tile Look

The Blendart Collection by Sant’Agostino takes us back to the old world, a time when hardwood flooring was crafted by hand, then stained using techniques that have long since passed. This old world collection is a porcelain tile that creates visuals of handcrafted, time-worn hardwood, shaped by a 2-tone staining process nothing short of genius. This relic finishing process gives the white-washed European appeal, coupled with paint layering taken away by aggressive living. Its brand new, yet looks 100 years old. With 5 delicious colors to pick from, its a credible replacement to hardwood or LVT. The Blendart Collection is waterproof to the max, and dent and scratch resistant. Our warehouse is stocked full of wood plank tile. Go beyond the traditional flooring store, to a tile specialty outlet, Tile Factory Outlet.

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Wood Plank Tile

Wood Look Tile

Test Of Time

Wood plank tile is an obvious choice for flooring. Consumers understand the challenges of everyday life. And who has time to care for flooring everyday.

Design Ready

There are endless looks and designs that will mesh well with your interior. Various colors and patterns make it a suitable choice for redesign.  Choose wood-look today.

Waterproof

Made of porcelain tile, wood plank tile is virtually indestructible when it come to moisture. Use this in bathrooms, kitchens, and even outdoors, to modernize your look.

Why Wood Look Tile Is Better Than Hardwood

If you have been shopping for new tile near Atlanta, you have likely come across “wood look tile” or “wood look porcelain” tile in your search. The name of these products is quite accurate, as they are designed to mimic the look of actual, traditional hardwood flooring. Indeed, it is tile made of porcelain or ceramic that looks like wood. Furthermore, there are skeptics out there who condemn wood look tile. They complain that it is inferior to traditional hardwood flooring—that it is a cheap product and that no one should use it. The sales and service team here at Tile Factory Outlet and Imports respectfully disagrees with this notion. We believe that wood look tile is a great product that comes with its own set of advantages (please see our customer reviews). What’s more, we feel that most anyone can use it. 

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Choices

The most exciting reason to choose wood look tile over traditional hardwood tile has to do with the plethora of selections of wood look tiles. There are countless varieties of wood look plank tiles that come in different shapes and sizes. There is no doubt that there is a wood look tile available for your aesthetic. For example, if you want to go with something elegant and sophisticated, check out the Stage Scala. For those that want something rustic and pastoral, check out Blendart Natural. These wood look tiles look great in cabins and cottages. Finally, for those looking for something modern, the Cabane Shell collection is stylish; it is textured and unique. The choices do not stop there. If you are overwhelmed at all of the choices and seek professional guidance, our sales and service team is glad to help! Please contact us with questions, or to schedule an appointment for a design consultation, by clicking here

Cost

The most obvious reason to choose wood look tile over hardwood is the cost. The average wood look tile is roughly half the cost of its traditional hardwood counterpart. However, the best wood like tile will always be less expensive than a quality hardwood.

Waterproof

Hardwood flooring is very susceptible to the elements like moisture and temperature.  Unlike hardwood flooring, wood look tile plank is 100% waterproof.  That means it can be installed in a kitchen, bath, or even outside (porcelain only).  

Durability

One of the salient features of wood look tile in comparison to hardwood is that porcelain and ceramic plank tiles are much more durable. Kitchen floor tile, for example, gets a ton of traffic and is extremely susceptible to wear and tear. Hardwood flooring is notorious for getting scratched and dented. In turn, the kitchen floor will have to be refinished, which is very expensive. However, if you choose to go with a wood look tile, you can plan on getting years and years of use out of it as it will continue to look good under normal conditions much longer than hardwood. You cannot refinish wood look tile, but the good news is that it is much easier to replace it than it would be to refinish a hardwood floor. Unlike hardwood floors, durable and attractive wood look tiles can be installed anywhere—including outdoors where the moisture and other elements would completely ruin traditional hardwood. Furthermore, many wood look products are commonly used as bathroom floor tile since they are waterproof and resistant to elements.

Wood Look FAQ

A wood look porcelain tile is much easier to clean and maintain than natural wood.  It can not be harmed by water or chemicals, so you can clean it with whatever type of cleaner you prefer to use.

A wood plank tile can be laid in any direction you prefer.  Usually a longer plank looks best.  If you are installing a 6×24 or 6×36 a diagonal herringbone looks nice.

A wood look tile works well for any room in the house.  If you are wanting the durability of a tile, but would like to have the cozy feel of a hardwood floor then wood plank tile may be the perfect solution.

When you are installing a wood plank tile or any tile that is over 18″ in length you should stagger the joints no more that 33%.  A random pattern gives a natural appearance.

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