5 Reasons to Choose Wood Effect Tiles

Discover Why Ireland and the UK have gone Wood Effect Mad

Our Ballymena showroom changes with time. As trends across the country change, we adapt our space to showcase the styles to the people of Ireland. Because of this – and spending every day in the showroom, it is very easy for us to see the changing crazes with time. 5 Years ago, 90% of the tiles were cream tones. The past few years, the same can be said about grey tiles. A recent development in the market is the explosion of wood effect tiles. Obviously, these are tiles which have been manufactured to look like wood, but why are the people of Ballymena, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cork and Glasgow going crazy over this look? Why should you invest in this sort of tile?

1. Wood Effect Tiles are Gorgeous!

The number 1 reason why anyone buys anything for their home is because of how it looks. This couldn’t be more true for Timber Effect Tiles. Technology is amazing, and in the 21st century our manufacturers in Spain, Italy and further afield have incredible capabilities to create any look they desire. There are tiles to mimic Oak, Walnut, Beech and more, not to mention the wood ‘mixes’ such as Canapa from La Fenice (Right).

Other styles that can be captured using Timber Effect tiles is bleached effect or burnt wood. So whether you are making a feature of your floor, or if your trying to match a Kitchen Cupboard and Worktop colours, there will be a range of wood effect tiles available.

2. Timber Effect Tiles are Really Durable

We all work hard in our jobs and put loads of effort into saving. When we finally use the savings to spend in home improvement, we want this to be a long lasting investment. Tiles provide a perfect mix of durability and price. Most tiles these days are Porcelain bodied, which is a clay that is fired to 1500°C to form a solid tile. This is great as it means that tiles are extremely heat resistant, allowing them to take a lot more abuse than other flooring options such as carpet.

Tiles are also very hard compared to other flooring options. They will not scratch as easy and can come in a range of different surface finishes e.g. anti slip, semi polished etc. This means that you can walk across your living room floor with high heels on without stressing about what’s going to happen your new tiles. This also allows wood effect tiles to be utilised in commercial areas where high footfall may cause other flooring options problems.

3. Wood Effect Tiles can be used inside or outside!

It’s well known that wooden floors can be troublesome when exposed to water. This is when wood effect tiles can be a great alternative. Perhaps you want to have a wooden floor in your bathroom, for the rich look and feel that this brings. However, your friend Susan had a wooden floor in the bathroom and had loads of problems with the floor lifting due to the floor absorbing water and warping. Never worry, because you can still have your wood floor, without these problems – well, sort of. With tiles, as long as they are porcelain, they will not absorb any water and so can be used in areas that will will be exposed to it. Whether this be the kitchen, bathroom, shower or outside patio, wood effect tiles are a solid solution.

4. Your underfloor heating works better with Tiles

This is maybe a selling point for tiles in general, but if you have an underfloor heating system, its benefits are enhanced if you have a ceramic based flooring. This is due to their amazing thermal properties, as well as their great conductive nature. The thickness of flooring makes little effect however does increase the time it takes to heat up. A floor thickness of 20mm is best for a highly responsive system – the majority of our tile range are 10-12mm thick.

5. Wood Effect Tiles will Retain Their Look

When we like something, we like for it to stay that way. We don’t choose a floor for it to look differently next year, any why should we? With wood effect tiles, once installed, the tile will retain its look and keep its colour regardless of how much light it is exposed to. Also, they will not absorb anything that is spilled, rather only the surface will absorb anything, and this can be easily fixed with a soft sponge.

Bathroom Refurbishment: What should my budget be?

Lots of the traffic through our Ballymena showroom is people who are doing their research to gather a budget for their project. Confused about whats required and what isn’t, its difficult for them to know how much cash is required for their bathroom refurbishment. For your convenience, we have put together a quick guide to give you an idea of what you need. We have included floor tiles, wall tiles, sanitary ware and bathroom furniture.

Bathroom Layout

Bathroom Layout chosen for case study

In order for this case study to be useful and relevant, I wanted to chose a common bathroom size in the UK and Ireland. The average bathroom is smaller than people think, at 2.5m long and 1.5m wide. There is a 800mm internal door opening inwards to the bathroom and a 750mm window on the external wall. A standard family bathroom should contain a toilet, sink or vanity unit, bath, radiator and taps for the basin and bath. Tiles will be chosen due to their impermeable nature.

What about the Tiles?

The wall and floor is a great area for creating aesthetic appeal and individuality within your bathroom and so these must be considered in the case study. 

Wall Tiles - Popular Subway Style Tiles in White for a Clean and Light Feel

I decided to choose the ever popular Metro Tiles as they provide a style that almost everyone loves! These subway tiles are used in bathrooms across the UK including Hotels, Bars and Private Bathrooms. They have a light gloss for light to reflect off and the slight bevelled edge provides a depth the to room to give it an added feature. They come in a vast range of colours so all tastes and colour schemes can be accommodated meaning it is a good tile to base the case study on. At £14.95 per square metre, its hard to argue against them.

Floor Tiles - Colour Scheme chooses the Dream Range


Whilst the point in this article is provide you an idea of what budget you could kit out a bathroom with, its important to maintain a realistic approach when doing so. In other words, the selections must complement each other in colour scheme and style. With a small floor space, we want to keep eyes away from the floor and attract them to the larger wall area (See our blog on Tips to Make a Bathroom Feel Bigger). I have opted for the Dream Range, and more specifically Dream Marengo. This 45×45 Matte tile is a light grey colour which will contrast well with the White Metro tiles on the wall and suit well in our colour scheme. We sell this range for £9.95 per SQM.

We need some Sanitaryware!

What’s a bathroom without, well, the bath, or the toilet or sink? Options are limited for the bath in a space this size, so we’ve opted for the standard 1500mm Lotus Bath from Sonas Bathrooms Ireland.  We sell these baths for £149.95. Next, we have decided to use the Belmont 550mm Vanity Unit and Basin in White to maintain our colour Scheme. This unit is generously priced at £95.95. This unit comes in a variety of sizes and also comes in a Wood Effect finish if you are trying to create a differently styled space. Finally, the toilet itself. We have chose the Denver Toilet due to its simplicity. This fully shrouded close coupled toilet features the eco friendly dual flush system and allows your to hide all pipework within itself. This set will set us back £127.95.


Bathroom Accessories

We could draw the line after sanitaryware but in reality, when you are drawing up a budget, you want it to be for everything you require and not just the bare bones, because you only fool yourself. In my opinion, every bathroom needs a towel rail or radiator and also a mirror, so we are going to include these costs. 

The Grand Total...

15 SQM of White Metro Tiles (Allows 10% Extra for Cuts) = £224.25

4.125 SQM of Dream Marengo (Allows 10% Extra for Cuts) = £41.04

1500mm Lotus Bath & Panel = £189.95

550mm Belmonth Vanity Unit = £95.95

Denver Toilet = £127.95

500mm White Radiator = £58.32

Cosmos Bath & Basin Taps = £98.90

Erin 550mm Mirror = £41.95

Adhesive & Grout for Tiles = £110

Budget = £988.31 inc VAT

Remember however that this does not include fitting (which we do not provide). This case study was based on what we consider an average bathroom within UK and Ireland. Your budget may have to be more if your room is larger than this, or if you want to have a much larger choice in product. Your budget may also be less if you omit some of elements, tile less of the room or have a smaller bathroom to begin with e.g. an en-suite. 

If you ave any difficulty in getting ideas together and would like to discuss your project with us, be in contact or book a meeting with us in our custom built consultancy room.

If you are considering some redecoration in your home, with Floor Tiles on the shopping list you may have stumbled upon all the Tile manufacture’s fancy jargon. R Values, V Values, Rectified, Anti-Slip… it all gets a bit confusing.​

You have heard that rectified tiles are important for modern, continuous floors, but you are still unsure of what they are. Essentially, a rectified edge is when the tile edge is perfectly straight due to an additional process in the production line. The tiles surface and edge are a complete right angle, meaning there is a consistency in tile dimensions, regardless of production batch. Non-rectified tiles may have slight variances in dimensions, be it 0.5-1mm, it is significant when it comes to installation. With non rectified tiles, grout lines have to be a lot thicker to compensate for these variances and to align the tiles when being laid.

Rectified tiles are most common in large format tiles, where the client envisages a large uninterrupted floor. Because you can be confident in the consistency in the tile dimensions, grout lines can be reduced to 2-3mm and significantly reduce the visibility in the floors.

So when you are planning your project, whether a new build or refurbishment, have a clear idea of how you want your room to look. Is rectified edge important for this finish? If you get this clear in your head before looking for your tiles, it will make the process a lot less stressful and should help you get the room that you want!  

The majority of slips and falls in the home happen in the bathroom. Many of these happen whilst getting in or out of the tub.

Some strategies to help prevent slips and falls include:

Walk In Shower with slip resistant tile floors. A wet room style shower will not have a partition you have to step over, and is safer still.

Shower Chair A shower chair provides stability for difficulty balancing and a rest place for those who have difficulty standing for long periods. A shower chair should have rubber tips on the legs to prevent sliding. When used with a hand-held shower head, you can remain seated while bathing.

Slip Resistant Grab Bars towel bars are not a safe or suitable option, they are not designed to bear weight. Install grab bars in easy-to-reach places that will naturally support entering and leaving the tub or shower area.

Tile Ratings many floor tiles are tested for the coefficient of friction or antislip rating. This rating comes in the form of an ‘R’ value. The ‘R’ stands for ‘ramp test’. This ‘R’ value ranges from R9, which has a small degree of slip resistance, right up to R13, which is the highest rated slip resistance. Read more

Rating Description Uses
R9 Low Friction Mainly smooth, glazed tiles that are suited for dry internal domestic floors such as kitchens, dining areas, and hallways.
R10 Medium Friction Mainly glazed tiles suited for internal domestic floors that are sometimes wet, e.g. bathrooms.
R11 Increased Friction Mostly unglazed tiles suited for external areas including patios and walkways, dressing rooms, public toilets.
R12/13 High to Very High Friction Suitable for public areas and commercial applications.

Ensure adequate lighting and a non-slip bath mat. Regular maintenance in the way of cleaning floors and wall tiles to eliminate soap residue and reducing clutter help, too.


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