Wood-effect porcelain stoneware: features of choice

Wood-effect porcelain stoneware: features of choice

Ceramic tile flooring has always been in demand when renovating an apartment, but many people want to make a durable floor with a wood texture, so that it resembles it not only visually, but also by touch. This can be realized with the help of wood-like porcelain stoneware, the features of the choice and varieties of which will be discussed in this article..

Distinctive features

Porcelain stoneware is made from a mixture of clay, quartz sand, feldspar, kaolin and other components by pressing and firing at a high temperature. The finished material has low water absorption, chemical resistance and strength.

During production, porcelain stoneware tiles are painted in different colors by firing special oxides. There are a huge number of possible shades and textures, and the material retains its color for a long time under the influence of moisture, temperature drops, does not fade.

A very popular type of wood-like porcelain stoneware, which looks no worse than natural wooden parquet or ordinary floorboard. Production technologies allow you to create the most natural texture of various tree species. There are imitations for sawing, aged wood, polished, matte or glossy, under the laminate. Even to the touch, you can feel the pleasant roughness of this natural material..

Choosing wood-like porcelain stoneware tiles, you can get in the room:

  • an excellent cozy interior detail that will add a warm atmosphere to the room;
  • variety of textures, shades and forms of flooring;
  • ecological cleanliness and harmlessness of the finishing material;

  • good thermal insulation in the house;
  • mechanical strength and durability of the coating.

Ordinary tiles are rarely placed on the floor in the living room or bedroom, more often they are used for the kitchen, bathroom and toilet. And tiles with a wood texture, imitating parquet and laminate, can be safely laid in living rooms in an apartment..

Many manufacturers use a thin layer of natural wood for lamination of porcelain stoneware tiles, these types are no worse than wood flooring, high-quality laminate or noble parquet.

Views

Wood-effect porcelain stoneware tiles can differ in the types of imitating coatings, texture, shape and size, and the type of their surface..

Products made under wooden parquet are able to emphasize the chic atmosphere in the interior.. If earlier this method of finishing was traditional and was used everywhere, now the parquet flooring made of natural wood is rather an elite type. It was replaced by cheaper and faster methods of finishing the floor: linoleum, laminate, painted floorboard. Laying porcelain stoneware tiles that imitate parquet can be cheaper than the original and will last longer.

Like wood, tiled parquet can be piece, mosaic or artistic. The first type is the cheapest and most widespread, it represents the same rectangular elements, which are laid in various ways: “under the herringbone”, “braid”, “square”, in a checkerboard pattern, in the form of rhombuses or “deck” method. There are other more intricate ways and design solutions..

Laminate flooring on ceramic parquet can perfectly imitate various cuts in wood:

  • station wagon – the most natural look with small knots;
  • classic – fine wood texture;

  • antique – a changing pattern with different shades;
  • natures – periodically repeating textures;
  • guest – various types of cutting;
  • select – with a monotonous small pattern.

Mosaic parquet varieties usually have tiles that differ in color and texture. With the right arrangement, beautiful contrasting patterns are obtained. Products can be the same or different sizes. For example, a combination of square slabs framed by rectangular ones is often used. You can also lay out the mosaic in various ways: in a checkerboard pattern, diagonally under the herringbone or in a straight way.

The most bizarre and chic floors are obtained from porcelain stoneware slabs under artistic parquet. They often have different non-standard shapes and sizes; installation requires special professionalism. The cost of such products is high, but this is an elite way of decorating a room..

Porcelain stoneware tiles, imitating a floorboard, can bring the atmosphere of a cozy country house to the interior of the room. They are often deliberately roughened to imitate cracks, knots or aged wood. These types can perfectly fit into any style of a city apartment, especially polished ones, with noble wood textures – ash, beech, rosewood.

The porcelain stoneware coating made “like a laminate” looks no different from this versatile practical coating. The production uses the same colors and textures. But in terms of physical properties, it will be much stronger, have a longer service life, and not undergo deformation..

Colors

You can choose a variety of colors and textures for such a tile, there are options for any room design.

Some of them:

  • oak can have various noble colors from light beige to brown;
  • birch has a delicate texture, starting from an almost white color;
  • light beech tones are combined with a chic interior;

  • cherry texture has a reddish color with a warm flavor;
  • walnut tiles are suitable for dark floors and walls.

When designing the finishing of floors with porcelain stoneware, it is imperative to take into account the dimensions of the tiles to be laid. Based on them and the area of ​​the room, it is necessary to take into account the consumption of material and a possible pattern.

Dimensions (edit)

Sizes of standard elements of piece parquet: width 3 – 10 cm, length 15 – 60 cm. Inlaid or mosaic types can have square tiles from 40×40 to 60×60 cm and rectangular: 15×60, 15×90 cm and other types. Porcelain stoneware made for artistic parquet can have a variety of sizes, it all depends on the manufacturer’s design decisions.

Laminate tiles have a width and length of respectively 200, 300 or 400 mm by 1505, 2135 or 2425 mm. For products imitating a floorboard, dimensions can be 20×120, 20×60 cm and others.

It should be added that wood-like porcelain stoneware coatings are used not only for floor finishing, they are also widely used in wall cladding. There are a large number of similar wall tiles on sale with different textures..

Manufacturers

Italian manufacturer Rondine is one of the most successful in Europe. The company has its own research and design base for the development and implementation of the most modern ideas, recently it has been exclusively engaged in the production of porcelain stoneware coatings. Among the products with a wood structure, it is worth noting the Rondine Tabula collection with original textures for every taste..

Another popular manufacturer from Italy Playwood produces collections of high-quality porcelain stoneware tiles using innovative technologies with excellent physical characteristics. The Playwood Fondovalle product line is presented in various textures in the form of exotic woods. These materials are suitable for any room design – from classic to ultramodern..

Spanish manufacturer of porcelain stoneware tiles Nuss roca presents products that imitate parquet. The series has all kinds of textures that match any interior of the room and hallway. The coating has mechanical strength, moisture resistance.

Company from Spain Arce is engaged in the production of matte and glossy porcelain stoneware using advanced European technologies. There are series specifically for the kitchen, bathroom, hallway or living room. The tiles are resistant to stains, chemicals, temperature extremes. Among the collections, it is worth noting Porcelanosa Arce for walls and floors.

Of domestic manufacturers, it is worth noting Grasaro, which supplies many varieties of granite tiles for block or mosaic parquet. Parquet Art collections present a mosaic of dark slabs with a very chic look that emphasizes the natural texture of aged wood.

Another company from Russia Kerama Marazzi – quite famous, its ceramics are widely used in interior decoration. The manufacturer offers a collection of wood-like tiles for any premises with a wide palette and a set of textures..

The Belarusian manufacturer “Berezakeramika” produces wonderful floor tiles with a wood texture. It is possible to note the light coatings “white oak” with a matte surface, which convey the atmosphere of a natural material..

How to choose?

The choice of wood-effect porcelain stoneware tiles for the floor in living rooms should depend on the design of the entire room. It should be in harmony with furniture and wall decoration. There are universal types that suit any interior, for example, many options for laminate flooring. Porcelain stoneware under artistic parquet with decor will look good in the living room or hall. For the hallway, you can choose a covering in the form of a piece of parquet with the same pattern.

In the bathroom or in the kitchen, you can install tiles with a wood texture not only on the floor. But also on the walls. This coating will not only be beautiful and original, but also practical. It is easy to clean, reliably protected from moisture, steam and fungus.

It is better to buy wood-textured tiles only from reliable manufacturers who have many positive reviews. Well-known brands will be of better quality anyway.

When buying, you should try the surface by touch, check for cracks and chips. It is also worth paying attention to the same dimensions in one batch, the thickness, which should correspond to that indicated on the package. The drawing must also match in all elements of the pattern..

Styling

Before laying porcelain stoneware on the floor, prepare and mark the work surface. The floor must be thoroughly cleaned of dust and debris. For better adhesion of the adhesive to the surface, it must be primed. Usually use acrylic or polymer deep penetrating primer for interior work.

The markings for laying floor tiles start from the center of the room. First, two lines are drawn from the corners diagonally, their intersection will be the center. Then, straight lines are measured from this point parallel to the walls or central diagonals – depending on the method of forming the pattern. On them, the ceramic granite tiles are laid: first in one half of the room, then in the second.

As glue, those brands are used that are also used for ordinary tiles, most often on a cement base for interior work. Do not immediately knead a large amount of solution, as it hardens quickly, it is better to prepare it in small volumes. If the tile is not seamless, then it lays down with crosses, with the help of them the width of the seams is adjusted. After laying 2 – 3 elements, they are checked on a horizontal level..

This is how the installation gradually proceeds from the center of the room to the walls. Corner and wall sections may have irregular shapes, so trimming of the tiles will be necessary. It can be made with a tile cutter, but it is better to use a grinder with a diamond wheel, it can cut small and curved fragments.

Laying such tiles on walls is practically no different from flooring. Just start from some baseline at a height of 10 – 15 cm from the floor, where a flat metal profile is nailed to the full width.

After facing the room with porcelain stoneware tiles imitating a tree, you need to wait a certain time until the glue dries, then start grouting. It takes place with the help of a special jointing solution. There are various fugue colors on sale, including those for the selected wood color. And you can always buy a colorless version by adding one of the many dyes to it. It is best to wipe with a small rubber spatula, then wipe the tiles with a damp cloth.

After the rubbed seams have dried, the tiles are thoroughly cleaned from the remnants of glue and fugue, then washed clean.

Examples in the interior

  • Tiles for block parquet with a simple texture can have a very comfortable look in the room.
  • Floor tiles in two colors with a random arrangement of the plates look very stylish.

  • Matt porcelain stoneware parquet flooring in white oak is a great contrast to the dark furnishings. In addition, it is very practical, easy to clean and protected from moisture..
  • The glossy wood-like surface with a small splash of square tiles with patterns looks chic. Excellent reflectivity adds vibrant light to the room.

  • Porcelain stoneware under a dark floorboard creates a very warm atmosphere of a cozy village house.

  • One of the ways to install complex mosaic ceramic parquet flooring. The cost of it justifies the resulting chic floor..
  • An original combination of block parquet and mosaic from small different elements. At first glance, I can’t even believe that this is a porcelain stoneware floor..

In the next video, you will see the deck installation of wood-look porcelain stoneware.

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