The Redwood Series: Naturally Respectful Porcelain Wood TilesAugust 08, 2012
If you have ever driven through the California redwoods, along the coast where the trees grow wide, or inland where the trees grow taller, you can appreciate the majestic wonder, rich color, and amazing smell of real redwood. In fact, you may love the colors and grains of redwood enough to want to bring it home. However, if you’re environmentally minded, the same you who loves real redwood may also cringe at the thought of harvesting a real tree for a new hardwood floor.
These days, you do not have to choose between what you enjoy visually and how you feel spiritually. Innovations in the manufacturing of porcelain have allowed us to recreate the look and feel of redwood without utilizing this beautiful natural resource to do it. Though redwood is a renewable resource, it takes hundreds of years to grow one of those magnificent trees you gaze up at – conversely, porcelain wood tiles in our redwood series are manufactured every day from clay (that is then fired at a very high temperature), which is a natural source in far greater abundance. Availability is what makes porcelain clay a less expensive material, and that same availability makes it is a gentler alternative to real wood.
When porcelain woods first came on the market, early consumers wondered if it could truly replicate the look of a real wood. Given that the popularity of porcelain woods has grown in leaps and bounds in the years to follow is testimony to the fact that quality tiles can indeed accomplish this goal. There are three components necessary to achieve the look of real wood, and porcelain wood tiles have them all:
- Color and Color Variation -A real wood will vary from board to board in color and within each piece. The depth of color and variation depends on whether the look desired is a rich red wood or a natural, lighter look.
- Wood Grains -The realistic lines and swirls of real wood grains are vital to a realistic wood look. Classic striations that mimic a real wood and give it depth will make it hard to tell the difference between porcelain wood and real wood.
- Texture – A real wood floor will be smooth, but will also have grooves. Porcelain tiles give you a choice from highly glossy and refined to rough textured (they can even be textured to resemble stone.)
MSI offers a complete line of porcelain woods, including the Sequoia Series (Coal, Natural, Moka, and Tobacco), the Woodstone series (Cedar, Mahogany, and Oak), the Botanica Series (Cashew and Teak). For more information about porcelain wood tiles in comparison to real wood, visit our previous blog entry: “Porcelain Wood Floors – The Real Advantages Over Natural Woods” for a list of 10 key advantages, from durability and moisture and scratch resistance to ease of maintenance.
With porcelain wood tiles, you can bring the look indoors to elegant floors or outdoors to your robust backyard deck – all of benefits of porcelain and the sophisticated look and feel of real redwood are achievable in your next flooring project.