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GIO Looks at Tile Trends: Is Wood Look Tile Here to Stay?

Distressed by GIO wood look tile

One of the biggest trends in residential and commercial flooring the past few years is porcelain tile that looks like wood. While some trends have tremendous staying power, it’s a given that many “must-have” designs soon become dated decor you’d like to forget. Will wood tile go the way of shag carpet, wood paneling, and avocado-colored appliances, or is it here to stay? How can you be sure that wood-look tile is a trend you can trust? Let’s take a look.

Thanks to vastly improved technologies, the wood look effect is more realistic than ever. There’s  an almost limitless variety of colors and finishes available, and the high-definition that manufacturers can print on the tiles gives the grain a natural look. You can even feel the grain in these tiles. Add in longer and wider plank sizes and, they’re often so realistic that it can be difficult to differentiate them from real wood.

Wood flooring is notoriously difficult to maintain. Real wood scratches, dents, warps, cracks, and chips under stress from traffic and messes, and it needs to be cleaned regularly and resealed, or even refinished, every few years. Tile allows you to avoid dreaded chips, nicks and scratches that plague wood floors

Water Resistance
Wood can expand, crack and warp in wet environments. Tile actually repels liquid, eliminating problems with staining, mold, and warping, making it an excellent solution for restaurants, hotels and hospitals, or any areas that may be subjected to water or other liquids.

Color deterioration in hardwood floors is the result of overexposure from three things: ultra violet light, visible light, and infrared light (which causes solar heat). And it’s not only the wood itself that is subject to discoloration – the type of finish and stains used on the floor can also play a big part in how the wood will react.  Tile, on the other hand does not fade. The color of tiles are oven-heated at temperatures exceeding 2000 degrees, making them resistant to fading.

We currently have around 3 trillion trees on earth, and we’re cutting down a monster 15 billion of them every year. Specifying wood-look tiles can help cut down that staggering number. Tile offers the warmth and welcoming look of wood without destroying a single tree.

Wood tile offers limitless design possibilities. Designing a unique pattern on a wood floor can be expensive and time-consuming. With tile, designers can easily mix-and-match colors, grains, and sizes for a distinctive look. And with reclaimed wood so on trend, wood tile is a great alternative to the often daunting (and expensive) task of searching for the perfect pieces.

Wood floors have been around for centuries and they are more popular than ever, so you can rest assured that the look of wood is not going out of style. Faux wood tile is a perfect combination of wood and tile, offering not only good looks, but functional benefits that will last long into the future. We’re confident that wood look tile here to stay!

Distressed Floor and Wall Tile - A ruggedly chic quartet of reclaimed timber hues, bringing authenticity and eccentricity to modern, urban settings
Distressed Floor and Wall Tile – A ruggedly chic quartet of reclaimed timber hues, bringing authenticity and eccentricity to modern, urban settings


Petrified Floor & Wall Tile
Petrified Floor & Wall Tile – The appearance of time-worn, stained timber in versatile, porcelain planks


Farmhouse Floor & Wall Tile
Farmhouse Floor & Wall Tile – Weathered wood’s timeless appeal interpreted in durable, versatile porcelain tile planks


GIO Barnwood wood look tile in Bianco 6x24
Barnwood Floor & Wall Tile – All of wood’s appeal, all of porcelain tile’s advantages in a trio of weathered timber colors–rich details, ready for your latest designs


Ikon Floor & Wall Tile
Ikon Floor & Wall Tile – The iconic style of petrified wood, distinct with striking striations and sumptuous sizes ideal for commercial interiors


Loft Floor & Wall Tile
Loft Floor & Wall Tile – A collection of plank-sized porcelain in dapper wood tones punctuated with subtle striations for added character


Paintwood GIO – wood-look tile by
Paintwood Floor & Wall Tile – Weather-washed colors on wood-look porcelain tile planks—worn, textured, yet rich with character and natural nuances

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GIO is your gateway to beautifully designed, strategically selected collections of floor and wall tile sure to fit your demanding specification requirements and unique style. We look forward to working with you!


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