Many homeowners like the look of hardwood floors, but not the cost. Floor tiles that look like wood are more affordable, and experts weigh in with the pros and cons of both options.
Made of porcelain or ceramic, wood-look tiles are trending, and average in cost between $2 to $12 per square foot, with porcelain tiles on the more expensive end. Installation roughly costs $5 per square foot. For real hardwood flooring, the cost is an average $5 to $10 per square foot, and installation costs another $4 to $8 per square foot. Kurt M. Westfield, managing partner at WC Equity Group, tells Realtor.com that he saw the trend start in Florida in 2014, "Florida features moist, humid climates and pests that can wreak havoc on improperly installed natural wood or laminate. Tile is simple to install, waterproof, and gives the appearance that many are seeking, without the cost and care associated with wood."
Like any other tile, wood-look tile will have grout lines, which require special care if you want to keep them looking clean and pristine.
"As a builder, we encourage homeowners to seal the grout after they move in," explains Amy Cooper, marketing manager for Highland Homes in Lakeland, Fla. Generally wood-look tile can be swept and vacuumed prior to wet mopping, although you should avoid cleaners with acid, bleach, or harsh scouring aids.