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Busting the myths on timber look tiles

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Timber look tiles continue to be all the rage for many home renovators looking for a more cost effective and eco-friendly alternative to wooden flooring. With advancements in technology, ceramic wood tiles do a pretty flawless job these days at mimicking the real deal. Still, there are some that aren’t convinced. 

Have you been tossing up the idea of timber look tiles but you’re on the fence? Let’s put any misinformation floating out there to rest and bust these myths head on!

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Myth #1: Timber tiles look fake

Glazed porcelain wooden floors have come a long way over the years, and although they aren’t the real deal, if installed properly it’s hard to tell the difference. The key thing here is paying attention to your grout lines. For timber look tiles to look as authentic as natural wooden floors, you should choose timber tiles with rectified edges. This ensures the tiles can be laid as close together as possible (around 1mm) with minimal grout required. 

Myth #2: Wood look tiles are hard to maintain

Far from it. Are you forgetting timber look tiles are actually porcelain tiles? This means they are extremely easy to clean. And, unlike its authentic wooden counterpart that don’t do so well when the surface comes into contact with spills, wood look tiles require very little maintenance to retain longevity.

Myth #3: Timber look tiles can’t handle constant foot traffic

Again, being a glazed tile (remembering this doesn’t always mean glossy) they are actually highly durable and scratch resistant. You’ll be perfectly fine walking around in heels on a wooden ceramic floor, but the same can’t be said for real wooden flooring.

Myth #4: Timber look tile floors are too cold

Tiles do have the reputation of being colder than other types of flooring and not absorbing as much heat (which is perfectly ideal in summer). But there are other factors that can contribute to this, such as how much natural sunlight generates heat within your home. And, there’s nothing a few floor rugs or runners can’t fix especially when the product underneath won’t fade!

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Myth #5: Timber look tile planks will warp over time

The tile planks will not warp over time. There is however the lippage (when one tile is higher than another resulting in an uneven surface) to consider. All tiles can be subject to a variation in flatness due to the manufacturing process. This is why it is not suggested to half off set or brick bond any rectified tile over 200mm in length. However the way to get around this is the thirds rule or stagger lay the timber tile with no more than a 33% overlap at any time. This allows for any curve that may be in the tile to be absorbed in the lay pattern instead of creating an unwanted uneven surface. Sound too complex for you? We recommend leaving the installation to an expert tiler while you take on a different DIY project in the house.

Perth’s timber look tile specialists

Be inspired by our extensive range of quality timber look tiles. Browse our collection  and photo gallery or visit our Myaree or Wangara showrooms to view the full range on display.

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How to get the timber look for every room in your home

By | Timber Look Tiles

One of the biggest flooring trends that continues to gain popularity is timber look tiles. 

The quality and technological advancements of wood look tiles has evolved tremendously over the past few years, making it a terrific and incredibly lifelike choice over timber flooring. 

Timber looks are timeless. But it’s not suitable to use real timber everywhere in the home. If you’re looking for a long-lasting and affordable alternative to classic wooden flooring that can be used in every room, then timber look tiles is your number one choice.

We love wooden look tiles because they are easy to maintain, won’t warp, creak or rot, and unlike natural wood, are perfect in wet areas.

Timber look tiles come in ceramic, porcelain and concrete form. Porcelain is considered the best of the three as it tends to be the most durable and affordable.

So where can you use timber look tiles? Let’s take a look.

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High foot traffic areas

Wood look tiles effortlessly mimic the relaxed warm feeling of natural wooden floors in a home. And as a hard wearing surface they are ideal for high traffic areas. 

To make a statement with your timber tiles, try laying them differently. Herringbone, chevron and staggered patterns can all be achieved if you select the right timber tile.

In the bathroom

If you’ve ever noticed bathrooms with wooden features before, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s tiles. So, if you’ve ever wanted to add a splash of timber on the wall or floor – now you can!

Love the industrial look? You can achieve this at home combining aged timber look tiles dark hardware, white subway tile accents and honed concrete flooring.

Enhance with wall accents

Timber look tiled accent walls are great for the bathroom and kitchen, but they can also make a statement in the bedroom and living room – especially if you have a fireplace. 

Outdoor living areas

We love to spend a lot of time outdoors, and while wooden decking looks amazing, the upkeep and cost is insane. A good alternative to this, is of course outdoor wood look tiles. You can still achieve the same natural look to your indoor-outdoor design, with the added benefit that it will stand up against the elements, without any regular maintenance or treatment required.

Around the pool

Did you know timber look tiles are also great for pool areas? A non-slip surface is crucial in wet areas like pools, and wooden tiles with non-slip textures are great for this. 

Wooden decking will only warp and rot over time when in constant contact with water, something you don’t have to worry about with timber tiles.

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What tile grade are timber look tiles?

Tiles are graded based on their hardness and durability. The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) ratings help determine where tiles should be installed. The PEI ratings are as follows:

  • PEI 1 & PEI 2 – light duty wear that is good for bathrooms and bedrooms.
  • PEI 3 – medium to heavy duty wear which will survive heavy traffic in dining rooms, living areas, kitchens, entrances, hallways in homes.
  • PEI 4 – heavy wear perfect for living areas in homes, public buildings and retail.
  • PEI 5 – heavy duty wear in heavy traffic commercial areas.

Our timber tiles are no less than PEI 3, which means you can use them anywhere in the home and not worry they will get damaged months after installation.

Perth’s timber look tile specialists

Be inspired by Ceramic Tile Supplies’ extensive range of quality timber look tiles. Browse our collection or visit our Myaree or Wangara showrooms to view the full range on display.

Some of Our Timber Look Tile Range

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Why timber look tiles are better than timber flooring

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Timber or timber look tiles? Two popular choices that many of us grapple with when considering flooring for living areas in the home.

While you can’t go wrong with either, it all comes down to a few key things like personal preference, how much money you have to spend, how tough do your floors need to be to withstand the brunt of kids or pets (if that applies), and how much maintenance are you prepared to take on to keep your floors looking immaculate?

Timber look tiles have come a long way. With advancements in tile manufacturing, timber look tiles are fast becoming an eco-friendly and hardwearing flooring alternative. And the range and quality is insane, with a style to suit both traditional and contemporary designs.

With timber look tiles, you can easily be mistaken to think you’re standing on the real thing. Natural imperfections and details like veining, knots and shade, which you would normally see in timber, are now being cleverly disguised in timber look tiles.

So what makes timber look tiles the better flooring option? Let’s take a look at some practical benefits.

Timber look tiles are hard wearing

When it comes to bathroom flooring, you need an option that’s water-tight and slip-resistant. For kitchens, most of us look for something that’s easy to clean and can withstand spills and constant heavy traffic. Cue timber look tiles.

Unlike timber flooring, tiles won’t buckle or expand in wet areas. Extremely hard wearing, waterproof and heatproof, timber look tiles won’t scuff, fade and they are scratch resistant and heel proof. Basic spills and stains can also be easily wiped off without risking permanent damage to your floor. The effects of water over time can be damaging to wooden floors (even if sealed correctly), which is why it’s recommended you don’t use timber in high moisture areas like the bathroom.

All of this makes timber look tiles perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, alfresco areas and around pools.

Wood look tiles are affordable

When compared to authentic wooden floors, timber look tiles are cost effective and low maintenance. Timber is one of the more expensive flooring options when you add up the cost of the material, installation and upkeep. To maintain the look and finish of floorboards, ongoing maintenance is required. This includes sanding, resealing and polishing the floors to ensure its durability.

Timber look tiles are eco-friendly

Tread without guilt! Timber look porcelain tiles are a more sustainable option. It’s a welcome alternative to trees that have been cleared purely for the manufacture of wooden floors.

Tiles are a great insulator

Tiles can help to naturally heat up your home when the floors are exposed to sunlight during the day and act as a conductor at night. During summer they stay cooler underfoot, which is great for warmer climates like in Perth. Unlike wooden floors, timber look tiles can also withstand damage from heat around open and gas fires.

Allergy free flooring

Wood tiles are a safe option for anyone with asthma or allergies. The floor doesn’t trap dirt or dust mites like carpet can, and they are easy to clean. While wooden floors are great for this too, you do need to be careful with what kind of sealer, polish and lacquer you use to avoid breathing in any potentially toxic chemicals into your living space.


Perth’s tile specialists

Be inspired by Ceramic Tile Supplies’ extensive range of quality timber look tiles. Browse our collection or visit our Myaree or Wangara showrooms to view the full range on display.

 

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Why to Choose Timber-Look Tiles Over Wood

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While a hardwood floor is classic in any home, the materials get expensive and are susceptible to water damage. Wood floors also require regular maintenance and they can lose their beauty over time.

 

Instead of using regular wood, it may be worthwhile to invest in timber-look tiles. These replicate wooden floors, so you can get the hardwood feel without having to worry about its upkeep. Timber-look tiles have several benefits over classic wood, so it may be time to rethink your hardwood floors.

 

Read on to learn why you should consider installing tiles over timber.

Timber-Look Tiles are Stronger

When you buy porcelain timber-look tiles, they are much stronger and scratch-resistant than their hardwood counterparts. This means you can add tiling to any part of your house: indoors or outdoors.

You can spill something on tiling and wipe it up without having to worry about causing damage to precious hardwood.

Our range at Ceramic Tiles Supplies even includes slip-resistant products, giving you more peace of mind in your home. As an added bonus, tiling doesn’t require nearly as much maintenance as real wood flooring.Why to Choose Timber-Look Tiles Over Wood 27

They Can Be Used Around Pools

A major advantage of timber-look tiles is their resistance to water. Unlike wood, these special tiles will not rot when they come into contact with water. Even when installing these tiles around water, they can last many years without having to receive any treatments.

So, if you want the aesthetic of wood in your basement or pool area without having to deal with waterproofing, then timber-look tiles are the way to go.

They Have Greater Design Possibilities

With timber-look tiling, you have so many options to choose from. This gives you the freedom to pick any timber style or shade that you want for your floor, not limited to the types of wood available in your area.

Our timber-look range available from Ceramic Tiles Supplies in Perth comes in several colour options and designs. Your chosen design will never change, because porcelain won’t age or fade over time like natural wood.

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Timber-Look Tiles Give You All the Advantages

Overall, tiles are long-lasting options that will look brand new for much longer. If you’re looking for the wood-effect without the maintenance, then wood-imitating tiles were made for you. Porcelain timber-look tiles mimic natural imperfections of wood, like veining and different shades. The almost-perfect look of this faux flooring or tiling makes it a perfect option for those who can’t afford the hefty price tag of real wood.

Timber-look tiles in Perth are not only sturdy, water-resistant, and versatile, they are also sustainable. By not using real wood, this flooring helps to limit the number of trees being cut down for their timber.

With the wide range of options available for these tiles, it is easy to find the flooring that fits your home best. Timber-look porcelain is much cheaper than traditional wood floors too, saving you a pretty penny.


To find out more about this product, pop down to one of our showrooms today!

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4 Benefits of Timber Look Tiles

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Many Australian homeowners look for the finest, real wood flooring for their homes– it’s often considered to be the ideal flooring. However, not everyone considers timber look tiles, which are just as great, if not better than hardwood floors. Timber look tiles are the perfect option for people searching for material that is durable, easy to install, and beautiful.

At Ceramic Tile Supplies, we sell the finest quality timber look tiles in Perth. Straight from our experts, here are 4 reasons you should opt for this material.

Timber Look Tiles Are Easy to Clean

Tile is the easiest type of flooring to clean by far. You can clean any spill with a broom or a mop. It’s that easy!

Wood floors, on the other hand, react poorly to water and moisture. You have to be proactive and act fast after a spill to prevent mould damage. Some substances can also damage the finish on wood.

 

You Can Install Them Anywhere

You may wish you could have hardwood through the entirety of the home. With timber look tiles, now you can. They are easy to install in bathrooms, around pools, and other places that would be too risky to put real wood!

Tile can also be installed in any climate. Installing timber look tiles in Perth is a favourable option because they are a cool temperature that combats Australia’s hot climate. They’re also more weather resistant than regular wooden floors.

 

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You Can Match Them With Anything

 

Another great thing about timber look tiles is that they can come in colours and styles that can be hard to find with real wood.

 

For example, we sell lighter tiles that resemble woods like maple and white oak. The Avantgarde Avorio and Cherokee Beige tiles in Perth resemble these particular colours exactly. Real maple wood would be harder to find, and you can’t guarantee you will find a colour that will match your home like tile does.

 

It Looks Like Real Wood

 

Back in the day, these timber look tiles were obvious fakes. Today, we have the technology to make longer tiles that imitate wood grain well. You can be sure that when you order from professional companies like Ceramic Tile Supplies, you’re getting a floor that looks like high quality timber.

 

Many people worry about the grout lines giving away your secret. Today, grout lines are so thin, you can barely tell they’re there. You can even choose a grout that is a shade darker than your flooring. This way, it looks like shadows from panelling rather than actual grout.

 

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5 Reasons Why Timber Look Tiles Will Look Great in Your Bathroom

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Are you looking to give your bathroom a much-needed facelift? Choosing the right tiles is imperative to giving your bathroom an upgraded, chic appearance. Timber look tiles have been one of the newest trends in kitchens, and they are now being embraced for bathrooms! Want to make your bathroom renovation worthwhile with these contemporary tiles? Here are 5 reasons why they will look amazing in your bathroom.

They Look Like Real Timber Wood!

Timber-look tiles are created with the best technology, and their appearance mimics all of the knots and grains of real timber wood. Get a fresh wood feel without the hassle of cleaning real wood. They are stain-resistant, durable, and require almost no maintenance! Get a unique style for your bathroom with the wide range of timber look tiles that is available.

Choose from a Wide Range of Colours, Shapes, and “Wood” Types

Each timber look tile is unique, ensuring that you will not get a seemingly fake repeating pattern in your bathroom. You can order tiles that are as long as 1.8 metres long. The length helps to replicate real wood planks. You can also choose from a lighter or darker “stain” to get your desired style.

Timber look tiles in Perth are made using the most advanced ink-printing technology available and have been perfected over the years to provide as many different types of wood as possible. We offer a wide range of wood types including:

  • Peronda seawood
  • Supergres in almond, blonde, white, brown, and more
  • Cherokee in moro and beige
  • And many more!

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Get an Elevated Look by Mismatching Your “Wood” Tiles

One of the hottest trends with timber look tiles in Perth is mixing and matching. This creates a fresh and impactful contrast between the floors and walls of your bathroom. We suggest going with a cooler colour on your walls while using a warm timber option on your floors. This will give your bathroom an inviting feeling while still looking clean and refined.

Timber Look Tiles Are Perfect for Any Bathroom Style

Whether you are aiming for a complete modernised upgrade or sticking to the classic features in your original bathroom, timber look tiles will fit in seamlessly. A natural looking dark option is great in classic bathrooms, giving them an upgraded rustic style. In more modernised bathrooms, we suggest going with a lighter tone and laying them evenly to keep the clean lines and streamlined style of a modernised bathroom.

No Maintenance Needed!

If you have ever had wood floors in your home, you know how much of a pain it is to keep them clean. With timber look tiles, you will never have to go through that painstaking process! Because they are made of porcelain, they can be cleaned just like any other bathroom tile. They are also:

  • Tolerant of water (a must-have in a bathroom!)
  • Cost-effective
  • Durable
  • UV-tolerant

If you are interested in upgrading your bathroom with these contemporary tiles, give us a call today! Book a One-on-One Consultation with one of our experts today, and we will find the right tiles for your project. We have one of the widest ranges of timber look tiles in Perth!

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How To Lay A Timber Look Tile And Make It Look Great

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Timber look tiles have become a popular alternative to hardwood. There are a number of reasons that homeowners are making the switch to this flooring material. Wood flooring gives homes a sleek and polished look. However, they require a lot of maintenance. If the material is not refinished regularly, then it will get scratched and develop an ugly wear pattern.

Timber look tiles, on the other hand, are waterproof, don’t dent, and won’t creak. They’re not without fault though. Installing this type of flooring comes with its own set of unique challenges. While the specifics of laying this type of flooring varies depending on design and specification, the following is a general guide on how to lay timber-look tile and make it look like real timber tiles.

Reduce Lippage

One of the first things you’ll notice about wood-like material is that the tiles are not flat. When you look at them closely, you’ll realise that the centre is higher than it should be. This can often result in lippage, aka uneven flooring, if not installed correctly. So how do you avoid lippage when timber look tiles have high centres?  

  • Prepping the Floor Surface. Ensure that the floors have no more than a 1-cm deviation within 3 metres of each other.
  • Find Any Dips or Peaks. The groundwork for your flooring also has to be even. Use a chalk line to sketch out the room to see if there are any variations in the floor’s height. Mark them with tape or pencil.
  • Fix Those Dips and Peaks. Once you’ve found all the floor’s holes, cover them with a thin set. Use your trowel to spread it either. Any peaks you find should be ground down.
  • Clean the Surface Area. Clear your floor by using a water and sponge to get rid of any drywall, debris, and dirt.

Use a Tile Levelling System

Even with all dips and peaks gone, your final result may still leave your floors with some lippage. A tile levelling system can be the ultimate solution for those worried about too much lippage from their timber look tiles. These systems ensure that the surface of your floors is flat thanks to its interlocking design.

Pay Attention to the Orientation of the Tiles

Another simple way to ensure your timber look tiles are installed properly is to run the flooring material across the room first. Begin with the first two rows. Utilise an aforementioned tile levelling system to ensure that each row fits perfectly.

Once you’ve made sure that these first couple of rows are flat and aligned, continue your work by completing one row at a time. Be sure to take your time.

The Bottom Line

Laying down timber look tiles can be a very demanding process. Hopefully, the advice above can make your installation process easier. For high-quality ceramic timber look tiles in Perth, look no further than Ceramic Tile Supplies. We have been providing a variety of kitchen, bathroom, and floor tiles for over 50 years. Our tiling expertise can also help you with all your timber look tile needs.  

 

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Why Timber-Look Tiles Are a Good Investment

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Wooden floors offer a home warmth, style, and a closeness with nature. They are popular options when it comes to renovating and increasing home value. However, while wood floors are great options, they do come with some drawbacks. They require year-round maintenance, and wooden floors degrade over time. Plus, when compared to other materials, hardwoods tend to be much more expensive.

If you love the charm that wooden floors bring but don’t want to deal with the maintenance that comes with them, consider a quality substitute like timber look tiles. This option is less expensive, durable, and simple to install. Not to mention the several colour options you’ll have to choose from.

The Benefits of Timber Look Tiles

You’d be surprised to find out that many homeowners use timber look tiles. They are not the real thing, but we doubt you’ll be able to tell the difference. At Ceramic Tile Supplies, we only stock tiles that resemble real timber. Our products mimic the natural imperfections of real wood including veining, shade, and knots for an authentic appearance.

This is just one of the many benefits this timber alternative brings. Homeowners can find realistic patterns that look great and match the overall structure of their home. Browse through our selection to view the dozens of options available to you.

Timber look tiles also offer a greater range of possibilities when it comes down to colour, design, and style.

They are also cost-effective options that will lower maintenance costs and increase durability. Timber look tiles are easy to maintain, scratch resistant, and durable. You’ll be able to clean up spills and stains without the risk of damaging your floor.

You can use timber look like tiles inside and outside your home. Popular locations include kitchen, bathrooms, and around pools since the material won’t decay or rot when waters splashes onto it.

Why Ceramic Tile Supplies?

Ceramic Tile Supplies has a wide selection of products to choose from for your home needs. Sourced from China, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Japan, and Spain, we have exclusive connections with the world’s leading tile manufactures. This means we offer our clients quality products at competitive prices.

Whether it’s timber, concrete, or stone, we have affordable, reliable options of your liking. Whatever your reasoning for needing timber look tiles, Perth can count on our team of experts to be ready to bring your project to life.

With 50+ years in this industry, we’re the perfect source for the job. We have experience handling small scale projects as well as global ones.

Unsure if this is the right decision for your project? Get in touch with us. We’ll gladly discuss your options with you.

Contact Us Today

If you’re considering wood floors but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks they bring, timber look tiles are the perfect solution. Take a look for yourself and browse through out wide online selection.

For more information, get in touch with one of our specialists today at (08) 9317-4200.