When I was younger, tile in the living area of a home meant that the house was probably near the beach. Sand sweeps off tile a whole lot easier than it vacuums out of carpet.
Back then, too many years ago now, tile was more functional than it was fashionable. That’s not the case today.
Now, with new technologies, tile can look almost indistinguishable from hardwood. It’s become a viable flooring option no matter where you are. If tile is something you’re considering, Tesoro wood-look tile should be on your list.
Tile has come a long way and is a perfectly acceptable option in any part of any house in any part of the country. However, it does have some advantages that make it well-suited to certain uses.
Wood Look Tile is resistant to moisture, so for those rooms where things could get wet (laundry rooms, kitchens, bathrooms) tile is still a smart choice. If the floor gets wet, just wipe it down. There’s no anxious wait to see if any of that moisture got in between the seams in the floor and will warp the planks.
Tile is also good for those areas of the country that battle with humidity. Many flooring options are actually off the table for homeowners in those locations. There’s always a risk that a floor can warp or shift. With tile, that’s not a concern.
And, yes, wood-look tile is easy to clean. So, if you are in an area where it’s likely that dirt or sand could be tracked in by little feet or furry paws, a broom and a dustpan are all you need.
- So, Why Tesoro Tile?
- Plank Size
- Color Variety
- Ease of Installation
- Ease of Care
- What Others Are Saying
So, Why Tesoro Tile?
The manufacturer of Tesoro tile is International Wholesale Tile. The collection includes not only wood-like floor tile but also simulated stone and wall tiles both in porcelain and ceramic.
The Tesoro collection is enormous. There are more than three dozen options for wood-look tile alone. All of the wood-look tile is manufactured using high-definition inkjet printing technology. That results in a more realistic wood look.
With more than three dozen options, there are a variety of plank sizes in the Tesoro wood-look flooring line. That’s good, though, because it means that there are options for almost every usage. There are tiles that are 12 inches wide and 48 inches long.
Those are great for covering those wide open living areas. Then there are tiles that are half that wide. They are more than a foot shorter and are great for smaller spaces, like bathrooms.
There is something else to consider about tile. You can install it in places other than your floor.
It’s actually become very popular to transition the tile from the floor all the way up the wall. That way, you get that cohesive monochromatic look.
Obviously, with dozens of options to choose from there is likely going to be something in the collection that will match your design and style. Some of the lines of wood look tile only come in varieties of those medium browns, but several offer more options than that: everything from virtually white to might-as-well-be black.
Before you pick Tesoro tiles, make sure you’re happy with that choice, because it may not be a cheap flooring. While tile pricing seemed to vary pretty widely, many retailers were selling it between $7 and $10 per square foot, making it some of the most expensive flooring I’ve seen. At least in what I consider the DIY flooring category.
As you’d expect, the larger tiles tend to be more expensive. The smaller tiles are less expensive. But keep in mind that it will take more of the small tiles to cover a space, so by the time you buy what you need to finish your project you could still be out quite a bit of money.
Ease of Installation
It looks like wood, but this is still tile. Installation isn’t necessarily difficult. It can be time consuming–it takes awhile to lay mortar, backer board, more mortar, tile, then grout.
But other than time, it is something you should be able to do yourself. You will need a tile cutter. If you don’t have one of your own, and you don’t want to invest in one, you can often rent them from a local hardware store or flooring retailer.
Just like any tile job, you are going to need to make sure that your subfloor is even and free from cracks. If it’s not then you may have to do a little bit of prep work before you get into the laying of the actual floor.
A tip: If you’re installing in the kitchen make sure that any appliances, like your dishwasher or refrigerator can still fit in their original homes after you get the flooring installed.
Ease of Care
Like we’ve already talked about, maintenance of tile is easy. It may be one of the most appealing features of wood-like tile floor. A broom and a dustpan (or a vacuum made for tile), a tile mop and a bucket and you’re done.
What Others Are Saying
This was a bit of a red flag for me. There’s not a lot of information out there on Tesoro wood-look tile. Neither of the big-box hardware stores in the U.S. sell this product. You can find it at other more specialized retailers, which might be affecting the price, honestly.
But because it doesn’t appear to be widely available, it was also difficult to find any reviews of Tesoro wood-like tile flooring. That’s disappointing because it’s the product reviews of actual buyers of the products that are often the most revealing, and I wish I could find some here.
As tile flooring continues to make its way out of the laundry rooms and bathrooms of our homes, it’s wood-like tile flooring that it leading the way. It gives you the warmth of wood and the easy maintenance of tile.
It stands up well to everyday usage, and is just as durable as wood. Maybe more so. If that’s sold you on tile then you should give the Tesoro wood-look flooring collection a look, if for no other reason than the variety in number of colors and sizes to choose from.