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Wood Tile Installation

Wood Tile Installation

Wood tiles have gained popularity in interior and exterior design in recent years. This is mainly due to the evolution of preferences in natural-looking themes using wood but with the durability of a tile. For a closer resemblance to original wood planks, tile prints can now mimic the colour and structure of wood. The tiles are then cut into long rectangles following the shape of the original wood planks. Here are some installation tips from our tile experts on long wood tiles. 

01.Level the Floor

Any imperfections on the floor levels will result in imperfections once you lay the tiles. It’s important to remember that you should screed all unlevelled concrete surfaces prior to installation​ of the tile. The use of tile levelling system during installation will help to obtain good finishing of the tiles. For more information, check out our guide on minimizing lippage when installing tiles. 

02.Choose The Right Adhesive

All our tiles are tested for heat expansion, so they are resistant to breaking due to expansion. But it is also important that you choose the right type of adhesive, especially for laying outdoor tiles where they are frequently exposed to temperature changes. The adhesive you choose should allow for some flexibility. For unique surfaces that require further customisations professional advice may be required.​ 

03.Lay The Tiles

It is normal to have some minute bows in most tiles and installing timber-look tiles is no exception. For this reason, we recommend offsetting timber-look tiles no more than 20 percent of the length of the tiles. ​ 

04.Grouting

The fewer grout joints you see, the more seamless the result will look. Most timber look tiles have rectified edges. With rectified tiles, your grout joints may look narrower than with traditional non-rectified tiles. The recommended minimum grout joint width for floor tiles is 3mm for indoor and 5mm for outdoor installations. 

Wood Tile Laying Patterns 

There are many ways you can tile your space when it comes to wood tiles. Their long plank dimensions also make it possible for more interesting tile-laying patterns compared to traditional tiles! Check out how these different ways of tiling a bathroom can yield different results visually: 

Check out our article on the most popular tile laying patterns for more ideas. 

You may want to check out our wood collection!

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