Apart from looking extremely stylish, wood effect tiles are an excellent alternative to offer on any project, from family homes to commercial properties. They are more durable than natural wood flooring: no more chipping or scratches caused by high heels, for example, making them the perfect flooring for office spaces. Wood effect tiles are also easy to clean and maintain, and can be used with underfloor heating to create a cosy radiant heat. It is also a more cost effective option than natural wood, especially as tiles can usually be found in varying lengths and widths. For anyone worried about noise insulation, cork underlay, stocked at any good tile warehouse, can counteract this problem. How to use wood effect tiles Imitation wood porcelain and ceramic tiles recreate all of the grains and notches found in real wood. They can either be laid in very close proximity with a matching grout in between to give the look of a real hardwood floor, or grout can be used to a greater effect to create a distinctive style. Don’t forget that you might want to create a wooden floor inlaid with natural stone, such as travertine, for a stylish overall effect. If you’re not sure how best to produce this look, why not pop along to the Tile Depot, Hove, for some helpful guidance.