GET YOUR HOME TO STAND OUT WITH TILE THAT LOOKS LIKE WOOD
While wood-look tile will increase the resale value of your home much in the same way that hardwood will, it is also generally less expensive, so if you ever plan on selling your home, you can expect a relatively good return with this material. Of course there will always be people who digress from this notion; some will say that if it isn’t real hardwood, you shouldn’t bother with it at all. In the U.S. especially, homeowners have this insatiable appetite for hardwood that is somewhat hard to explain. While hardwood does provide a warm, inviting feel that is unmatched by any other material, hardwood has several problems that, for whatever reason, many people don’t mind putting up with. It warps. It buckles. It isn’t exactly easy to clean, despite what many companies will say. It scratches and it dents. It has to be sanded and refinished every so often because of accumulating scratches and dents. And once hardwood floors of the engineered variety are sanded three or four times, it must be replaced if you want to keep your floor respectable enough to sell your home.
Now, don’t take all of this as a smear campaign against hardwood. The softness underfoot and the aesthetics are wonderful benefits that, with proper care, can last even for generations. But if you have pets or children, hardwood may not be the best choice. All too often people are obsessively concerned about remodeling their homes to get a hefty return when they sell it, so they automatically install hardwood without giving it a second thought. But many homeowners don’t realize the following: no matter how much money you put into remodeling your floor, in most cases you will not get a 100 percent return of that money once you sell it. Yes, it will increase the resale value of your home, but don’t expect to make any additional money than what you spent on the remodel.
There is still a lot of debate over whether or not hardwood or tile is the best option to increase resale value, but there is a consensus that both of these materials will fare better than low-quality sheet vinyl, wall-to-wall carpet, and cheaply made laminate. No one wants to lose money on his home, so hardwood or tile is the way to go if you want to sell your home for more than what you initially paid for it, market forces notwithstanding. But, as we said before, hardwood isn’t always a practical flooring material for every climate or lifestyle. Tile is not only durable but also elegant, yet some tile can be a turn-off for potential homebuyers thanks to America’s perpetual love affair with hardwood. Also, a house full of Saltillo tile in the Northeast simply looks out of place. Tile that looks like wood, however, has the potential to lure buyers, since it presents the aesthetic qualities of hardwood with the durability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile.
Emser Tile’s wood-looks are a popular choice for many homeowners and designers alike, particularly the Country and Heritage collections. Simple yet refined, these collections give you the traditional hardwood aesthetic with stunning variation and realism. Also be sure to look into Berkshire wood-look tile selections. With aesthetic offerings such as hickory, maple, and oak, these hardwood replicas will certainly outlast the beautiful materials that inspired them. With wood-look tile, you will receive the best of both worlds while adding potential value to your home without spending a small fortune. As home remodeling is finally on the rise again after a significant downturn, tile that looks like wood is an excellent option for those looking to sell their home, as well as homeowners who want to remain in the same spot for a long period of time.
Porcelain tile is the most cost-effective flooring material over the lifetime of any building, so before you have your heart set on hardwood, consider tiles that look like wood planks for your home. Due to the emergence of high-definition printing technology, it is hard for even some flooring professionals to tell hardwood apart from the porcelain tile replications available on the market today.