Wood Plank Tile
Test of Time
Wood plank tile is an obvious choice for flooring consumers who understand the challenges of everyday life. And who has time to care for flooring everyday.
There are endless looks and designs that will mesh well with any interior. Various colors and patterns make it a suitable choice for redesign.
Made of ceramic 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 tile is better than hardwood:
There are several reasons that you should consider when installing a new flooring system. What is my foot traffic like? Are there possible locations that are prone to moisture? Whats easy to clean? With a wood plank tile, these questions will lead you to a world of possibilities you thought weren’t possible before. Unlike hardwood and laminate, wood plank tile resist water, almost entirely. The only water damage you MAY incur, is under the tile in the sub-floor. LVT (luxury vinyl tile) are notorious for denting and severe scratch marks. Not with wood tile. With a ceramic and aluminum oxide finish, you can’t tear into the hard tile. Carpet is prone to stains, no matter what they say. Carpet is also known to house germs and tiny critters, so replacement is inevitable. Wood plank tile doesn’t provide a place for germs to hide, leaving your floor sturdy and clean. What makes wood plank tile a better choice over LVT, Hardwood, Laminate, and Carpet?
- Hardwood floors tend to leave indentions on the face of the wood. Making tile a scratch proof surface.
- Wood look tiles are easier to maintain due to there durability.
- Hardwoods are three times more likely to get negative sun exposure after prolonged times.
- Hardwoods do need to be refinished every few years with that being said: It is cheaper to reseal grout on tile every so often then to refinish hardwood floors.
How To Install Wood Plank Tiles
- Subfloor Prep
Clean subfloor and make sure its clean and clear of debris.
Install backer-board if installing over plywood. No backer board required if slab is level.
- Check Product
Open a few boxes to check and see if color is correct, especially if ordering online. Make sure there are no cracks or defects that can jeopardize the integrity of the product.
- Mixing and Spreading Mortar
Check the installation instructions on the back of the product cartons and use appropriate trowel size. The mortar should have a request type as well. Mix the mortar according to precise measurements on mortar bag. Use a power drill with mortar mix adaptor to speed up the process. Spread mortar using recommended trowel, scrapping bottom of trowel against the slab or backer-board, creating wavy ridges.
- Laying Floor
Make sure mortar is consistently staying in the ridge position. If still ridged, lay the tile, end to end along your pre-marked chalk line, running parallel to the wall. Cut tile at the end of the run, and use cut-off piece to start next row. This will allow for staggering from row to row. Make sure not to line the ends (short side) up the ends on the previous row. Gap planks at least 4″ away previous rows butt-up. If no grout is used, you can continue to lay plank side by side.