When it comes to designing the home of your dreams, it is easiest to begin from the ground up.
Here at Roccia, we mean this literally, and we have an extensive range of stylish floor tiles to suit any taste. But choosing the perfect floor tile design for your space can be easier said than done. You can take a look at our 2018 interior design trends brochure for a little inspiration, but in the meantime, we will tell you a bit more about wood effect tiles, and why they may be the perfect choice for your design.
The Benefits of Wood Effect Tiles
There are a huge number of benefits of using wood effect tiles within your home. Here are some of the highlights:
Wood effect tiles are incredibly hard-wearing, ensuring that you have no need to treat the flooring with a heightened level of care. Resistant to chipping or scratches, the tiles can withstand immense pressure, all whilst keeping their stunning aesthetic for years to come.
Further to their durability benefits, tiles stand the test of time. With some of the first examples dating back over 3,000 years ago, tiles are a definitive method of design within your home which are sure to last.In addition to this, the versatile flooring maintains its style components, with wood effect tiles in particular contributing both longevity, as well as a more modern twist on the traditional tile.
- Environmental Impact
By opting for wood effect tiles, you are automatically selecting the more environmentally friendly option. This is due to the fact that its alternative – wooden flooring – uses natural resources in its manufacturing process.For example, in wood flooring manufacture, there is the use of the primary materials of wood, yet there are also the harmful chemicals used in the processing and treatment stage, which are often overlooked.By selecting tiles, you can also benefit from a greater level of heat being retained throughout the room, meaning that less energy is needed to heat your home, saving your money whilst also being more environmentally efficient.
- Easy Maintenance
Due to their sleek nature, wood effect tiles are incredibly easy to maintain. With as little as warm water being needed to clean and polish your tiled flooring, there is no demand for regular maintenance work, ensuring that tiles are a cost-effective decorative method, too.
The Drawbacks of Wooden Floors
The common alternative to wood effect tiles is their dated counterpart, wooden flooring. Some of the drawbacks of this type of flooring are:
Wooden flooring is notoriously noisy. As heat is delivered through a home, the natural wood used within wooden flooring expands and contracts, creating space between the fibres that ‘creak’ and produce noise from time to time.
- Non-cost effective
Although initially a potentially cheaper option of flooring within your home, wooden flooring requires regular maintenance through the years, to ensure that it is kept in its original condition.This can be from sanding to treatments, and when balanced against the initially considered minimised original costs, opting for wood effect tiles can work out more cost-effective in the long term.
If the thought of spending money every few years on restoring your wooden flooring is giving you doubts, then considering the damage water can have on your new wooden floor is enough to change your mind completely.Any large volume of water warps the wood, therefore something as trivial as a burst pipe can result in thousands of pounds worth of restorative work.
At Roccia, we have an extensive range of wood effect tiles available both instore and online. Below is a selection of these:
Dolphin – This style gains graphic inspiration from wooden poles modelled by time and water. The textured finishing enriches the series with realistic materials while the Snip and Listoni Paint reveal sudden glimpses of intense colours.
Wood Trend – The style where ‘passion exceeds experience’. Careful eyes and expert hands transform a wooden surface into a unique and high-performance porcelain stoneware material that is ideal for conveying every space with style.
Assi d’Alpe – The details and nuances typical of wood essences of Alpine buildings come back to life in a ceramic surface that portrays the wood’s handcrafter process in a contemporary way. A soft finish, available in five colours.
Chevronchic – A style inspired by old wooden floors, Chevronchic shows clear signs of colour shades changing after layers of wax and stains. The small size lends itself to a variety of herringbone compositions, the overall effect producing a contemporary, sleek finish.
Still unsure of how to get the most from wood effect tiles? Take a look at our Three Styles That Use Wood-Effect Tiles and Flooring for inspiration.