As you may have learned from our previous articles, ceramic is highly capable of mimicking other tiling materials such as stone or wood. The top of a ceramic wood plank is designed to perfectly resemble the colour and texture of cedar, maple, or other wooden surfaces. You may be wondering, though, why you wouldn't just get the real thing anyway. The answer is that ceramic wood planks offer benefits that wooden floor is incapable of providing.
Ceramic is More Resilient
It is unlikely that you have ever seen a hardwood bathroom or kitchen floor. That’s because wood is infamously difficult to maintain: it will contract if exposed to too much moisture, scratches easily from dropped or dragged objects, dents and warps from high traffic, and whole sections of floor have to be ripped up to replace a single piece. Ceramic wood planks, on the other hand, are famously durable. They resist water, wear from traffic, and dents with ease. In the rare event that a tile has to be replaced, it is easy to remove and re-lay only the affected planks rather than an entire portion of floor. Also, unlike wood, ceramic planks will not fade when exposed to excessive sunlight, enabling the tile to be used in places where regular wood is otherwise inadvisable.
Ceramic has Unlimited Customization
No two wooden planks look alike. While some find this variation beautiful, others will find it annoying and expensive when trying to create custom patterns and styles. Ceramic wood planks, in contrast, are easier to customize. They also have variable grains and knots, but they are often more subtle, and usually just a finite variety of six or so patterns. This empowers you to create any unique design you see fit.
Ceramic Wins on Cost
Hardwood is expensive both in terms of the material itself and in the installation costs—costs that you may begin questioning the value of once you start paying for the extra resurfacing, refinishing, and resealing upkeep as well. Ceramic wood planks are not only more affordable, but are simpler and cheaper to install and require no regular maintenance beyond possibly being resealed every three to five years (depending on the application). Due to ceramic's previously-mentioned resiliency, you are also less likely to need to pay for repairs or replacements.
At Centura Tile we know what places our ceramic wood planks in the lead for style, durability, and affordability. Consider ceramic for both a functional, durable surface and a beautiful hardwood look. Contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you to look through the hundreds of different options that ceramic wood planks can bring to any room of your house, or even your yard.