When it was first introduced to the U.S. market about 10 years ago, wood replica tiles weren't so inspired. Grout lines, poor graining and few species made these tiles undesirable. Spanish tile manufacturers set out to correct these problems through much research and development. And their determination and persistence has paid off - the new wood inspired ceramic tile is so close to the original that to see it, touch it or even to walk on it will make you question whether it is wood or ceramic.
Painstaking attention is being paid to every detail such as texture, finish and joints. Perfect graining and life-like veining is made even more believable with extra attention to light and shade. These details are even more impressive with texturing and a wider range of finishes such as oak, maple, beech, wenge and merbau which can be weathered or waxed. Azuvi, a Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, presents the Forest Series. It is part of their Performance Collection. This wood-inspired tile is available in sicomor, haya, roble, nuez, cerezo and wenge. It is a rectified tile that comes in 4-by-24.5", 8.25-by-24.5" and 17-by-24.5" formats. For more information, visit www.azuvi.com.
Wood inspired ceramic tile is ideal for those who like the warm glow and charm of wood but want the ease of care, durability, long life and germ and insect resistance that tile offers. In the Northeast, where wood is very popular, ceramic tile may make more sense in certain applications such as a mudroom, entrance hall, bathroom, restaurant or hospital. Wood can be more expensive and will require periodic refinishing to keep it looking its best. As an added benefit, ceramic tile is an excellent heat conductor which maintains its temperature when used with radiant heating systems.
Inalco's Maderas Series is wood inspired tiles come in Haya Mate, Cerezo Mate and Nogal Mate. The 12.5-by-12.5" and 12.5-by-23.5" formats combine with various complementary pieces such as steel listelos. For more information, visit www.inalco.es.