Wood appeal

by Tania Wannenburg
MSquared Jnl 5 14

Innovation in design and technology has resulted in an array of exciting flooring options, imitating the look and feel of wood.

A growing trend in home décor and flooring over the past few years is the use of porcelain tiles that imitate the look of wood as a result of improved technologies and inkjet printing.

This has resulted in clean, fresh whites leaning more towards traditional dark browns or even washed-out, weathered-looking greys.

“Planks” in different sizes are also available, with some ranges offering the option of mixed plank sizes to further enhance design and aesthetics. New 750 x 750mm size tiles that emulate parquet are also becoming more popular.

In addition, outdoor textured options with a weathered or hammered finish are being used more often in commercial environments. Tile options with groves and anti-slip elements are ideal for use around pools or patios as they are waterproof and maintenance-free, not to mention substantially cheaper in cost compared to natural wood decking.

Advantages of a wood-look porcelain tile/plank:
• Practically maintenance-free. Glazed porcelain is easy to keep clean and requires no sealing, staining or treating.
• Better conductor of heat. When using radiant underfloor heating, a porcelain tile is considered a better conductor of heat as it stores heat and maintains a constant temperature.
• Can be used in wet areas.
• Easy to install.
• Hard-wearing. Porcelain tiles are hard-wearing and most of these wood-look ranges can even be used in high-traffic commercial applications.
• Less expensive than engineered or natural timber floors. Often the choice of flooring comes down to budget. Porcelain wood-look ranges are less expensive relative to natural wood flooring.

For further information: 011 466 0363 / mitch@msquared.co.za“>mitch@msquared.co.za / www.msquared.co.za

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