Tiles that looks like wood, which replace traditional timber decking
Unlike a traditional wood deck or hardwood flooring, porcelain boasts a range of excellent properties that makes it substantially better suited to outside conditions.
As wood-look tile flooring is manufactured and not grown, the choice of colours, styles and wood types are vast. Furthermore, manufacturers are not restricted to the length or width of a tree that has been cut down.
This means there is an array of different sizes to suit your requirements, which range from long traditional style planks to extra large tiles in either square or rectangle formats.
Get The Look: Wood Effect Decking
Get The Look: Real Wood Effect Paving
Benefits of Wood-Look Porcelain Tiles
Addressing the main problem of real timber in outdoor environments is the fact that you do not have to apply, or keep reapplying, any surface treatment, varnish and/or stain to a porcelain tile. Therefore, a porcelain tile that looks like wood is a low maintenance product that is also highly durable and high load bearing.
So unless an elephant decides to wander through the garden, jump up onto the balcony or gain access to the roof terrace, it is highly unlikely that the structural integrity of a 20mm porcelain tile will be compromised by harsh weather conditions.
Troubles of Real Wood and Decking Timber
Real wood planks and decking timber boards require a lot more maintenance, compared to porcelain, to keep them looking and performing the way they did when they were brand new and first installed.
To protect the natural material from the varying weather conditions, wood must be treated and sealed to prevent surface and structural damage. If a wooden decking board were to be compromised, it could end up splitting, warping and breaking down creating an unstable surface.
Benefits of Wood Effect Porcelain Tiles Vs Traditional Timber Decking
- Long lasting.
- Slip resistant.
- Low maintenance.
- Variety of lengths and widths to choose from.
- No saw marks or rough edges – buy to fit.
- No exposed screws for a flawless look.
- No splintering, splitting or warping.
- Frost proof.
- Resistant to thermal shock.
- Recyclable and ecological.
- Easy to clean and/or jet wash.
- Resistant to attack from mould, moss and verdigris.
- Resistant to salt corrosion, chemicals, acids and staining.
- Suitable in wet, dry and underwater conditions.
Raised Access Flooring, Tiered Decking & Verticals
Often porcelain tiles get misunderstood and are seen to be used only as ground tiles. While this is partially true, because porcelain tiles do in fact work great as ground tiles, they are also extremely brilliant at creating raised floors, tiered platforms and using verticals to create outdoor access steps – all with the help from a pedestal support system.
By utilising a pedestal support system for the 20mm porcelain tiles, it is possible to create a perfectly level and completely stable exterior floor at the exact height required for the project.
The pedestal support system ranges from a couple of millimetres to 550mm in height. Providing raised access up to this height is ideal for covering objects such as outdoor units, drainage components and piping.
Installation of the support pedestals can be completed over most substrates (even or uneven), existing paving or waterproof membranes. This ultimately reduces installation time and removes the extra hassle of preparing a perfect foundation for the new raised floor, which improves project efficiency.